The Wave Pictures make the kind of hyper-literate English pop that has won them fans in high places. That they make this pop from the simplest of elements, happy to borrow without guilt or guile from The Buzzcocks, Dr feelgood and Orange Juice comes as no surprise. David Tattersall’s voice bears, on occasion a startling resemblance to that of the Divine Comedy’s Neil Hanlon and sometimes to Peter Perrett of (recently re-united ) The Only Ones, as he told the heat exhausted audience at West Germany of the lyrics he had pinned to the fridge door, “the song gets better if you leave it alone”.
Friends from an early age Tattersall and bassist Franic Rozycki, along with drummer, Jonny Helm, have an easy rapport on stage. Loose bar rock arrangements belie, or perhaps testify to the apparent ease of their writing process and relaxed brilliance of Tattersall’s guitar technique. They are joined tonight by one of their long time fans Stanley Brinks, on bass saxophone.
Stanley Brinks, formerly known as Andre Herman Düne, for those not in on this too well kept secret, is perhaps best described as a French Jad Fair, prolific, elusive, a little strange. Though born and raised in Paris, he spent much time playing with the crème de la Campbells chicken soup of the nascent Anti-Folk scene in New York and settled here in Berlin in 2003.
Amongst his forty (!) releases, under a variety of pseudonyms, was an album of Wave Pictures cover versions. The Wave Pictures responded to this love letter with an album of Herman Düne covers and tonight they will perform together. The band and Brinks, wrote, rehearsed and recorded all the songs in tonight’s set in a two day period.
Brinks and the Wave Pictures fast collaboration produced simple calypsos, bar-room karoake along the lines of the Violent femmes, a shambling convincing blues and a tale of woe about an encounter with a belligerent waiter.
Having been mistaken for homeless or otherwise undesired in the lobby of a Ku-Damm hotel, the ever modest Stan, contrived the ironic line, ” That’s not how you talk to Stanley Brinks!” and on its delivery the audience cheered.