Last year, The Wave Pictures spent 6 weeks driving around America in a small van with Allo Darlin'. The result of this trip is their fifth studio album - the double album City Forgiveness released on Moshi Moshi on October 21st.
“We visited Hank Williams' house and Billy The Kid's grave, watched the Golden Gate bridge disappear into the clouds, and had our frisbee confiscated by a cop. We played some great shows together, and we became good friends, and we drove and we drove and we drove and we drove” explains vocalist and lyricist Dave Tattersall.
Whist they drove Tattersall scribbled in a notebook - “anything that popped into my head” and on his return found “a few hundred crumpled well-travelled pages in at the bottom of my bag.”
These crumpled notes formed the basis of City Forgiveness and in Wave Pictures typically prolific style, Tattersall wrote twenty songs in “a very jet-lagged and confused week.”
They clearly had a double album on their hands; not a concept album about America so much as a testament to the way that travel excites the imagination. The title came to Tattersall in a dream and reminds him of “City Lights; the Charlie Chaplin movie and the Los Angeles company who published Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'.”