The Wave Pictures – Bamboo Diner In The Rain

The Wave Pictures - Bamboo Diner In The Rain

The Wave Pictures – Bamboo Diner In The Rain

It’s been a busy couple of years for The Wave Pictures; so much so you’d be forgiven for not keeping track of all the band’s activities.  Having showcased their grasp of garage-rock primitivism with the Billy Childish-produced Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon in early-2015, appeared as the backing-ensemble for Stanley Brinks on his charmingly eccentric My Ass album in late-2015 and taken a whimsical detour with the all-acoustic-one-microphone A Season In Hull LP earlier this year, the Wymeswold-birthed and now London-based trio have covered a lot of ground in a short space of time.

Handily then, for those struggling to hold their pace, the newly-released Bamboo Diner In The Rain feels like a pseudo-summary of where they’ve been lately, with a few added twists.

Not that the threesome are recycling themselves here; it’s just that they’re playing to recent strengths and finding extra ways to refine them.  Thus, there is an infectious slew of rangy guitar-clanging confections shot through with David Tattersall’s quirk-filled lyricism; in the shape of the clattering ‘n’ rolling Panama Heat”, the noisy swagger of “Now I Want To Hoover My Brain Clean”, the prowling call-and-response stomp of “Pool Hall” and the rambunctious Keith Richards-infused riffing of “Running Man”.  Elsewhere, there’s a more pronounced low-slung bluesy element to the fore (“H.D. Rider” and “Newcastle Rain”), a touch of murky soul (“Hot Little Hand”), more of the unplugged balm from A Season In Hull (“Bamboo Diner Rag” and “Meeting Simon At The Airport”) and some delightfully languorous Sticky Fingers-meets-Sweetheart Of The Rodeo country-rock (the title-track).

Bamboo Diner In The Rain won’t necessarily catapult The Wave Pictures much further forwards in terms of commercial appeal, but as a self-proclaimed attempt “to grow inwards” it’s a strangely satisfying go-to collection for those already convinced of the group’s lateral charms.

Moshi Moshi