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Listen: The Wave Pictures - "I Could Hear The Telephone (3 Floors Above Me)" [Premiere]

12 January 2015, 11:41 | Written by Laurence Day

The Wave Pictures are showcasing their brand new single "I Could Hear The Telephone (3 Floors Above Me)", taken from upcoming record Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon, is premiering exclusively with us at Best Fit.

Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon is a collab with Billy Childish, who wrote the music, while The Wave Pictures' Dave Tattersall wrote the lyrics. The result on "Telephone" is a jangly garage-rock thunderstorm. Jammed with wry wit and a sardonic glance at life, the track's a sonic homage to the '60s with wailing riffs and a blistering solo. It's a wonderfully confident tune, stuffed with upbeat pep that implies a greater sense of optimism than Tattersall's dry words actually convey. It's a great contrast of classic rock hallmarks and The Wave Pictures' idiosyncratic lyricism.

Explaining the track, Tattersall says: "I would describe I Could Hear The Telephone as a quintessential Wave Pictures classic. Sounds like The Modern Lovers with Rory Gallagher on guitar. Or The Violent Femmes with Neil Young on guitar!"

The Wave Pictures' Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon, created in collaboration with Billy Childish, which is due out via Moshi Moshi on 16 February. You can pre-order it here.

Stream below. You can check out the tour dates afterwards (tickets are here).


4 - Cambridge, The Portland Arms
6 - Halifax, Arden Road Social Club
7 - York, Please Please You @ Millers Yard
8 - Newcastle, The Cumberland Arms
9 - Glasgow, Saramago Cafe
10 - Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete's
11 - Liverpool, Kazimier
12 - Cardiff, The Moon Club
13 - Nottingham, Spanky van Dyke's
15 - Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
17 - Bristol, The Lantern
18 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
19 - Hull, Adelphi Club
20 - Manchester, The Deaf Institute
24 - Brighton, Green Door Store
25 - London, 100 Club
27 - Ramsgate, Music Hall

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