Release Date: May 2, 2011
Record label: Moshi Moshi Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
In an era when The Vaccines can capture the collective imagination with the release of an MP3 and a faux snarling press shot, bands like The Wave Pictures stand-out as bastions of the old way of doing it. Self-releasing six albums and gigging relentlessly for the best part of a decade before being picked-up by a label, The Wave Pictures are a band that saw the climb to getting signed, sniffed at the lift and took the stairs. Eventually joining Moshi Moshi in 2008, the band’s creative output has remained unquenchable.
When people talk about a British band "breaking America," it usually implies a level of success at home, and a hope to match those sales abroad. With the Wave Pictures, it's a bit more mundane. They're just trying to get over here: If You Leave It Alone and Instant Coffee Baby were respectively their seventh and eighth LPs, and thanks to a distribution deal with Moshi Moshi, in 2010 they were packaged as a double album to become their first commercially available release in the U.S.