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"...rich in a variety of sounds and original structures." Loud & Quiet

Stanley Brinks is joined by The Wave Pictures for their new record ‘My Ass’, the follow up to last year’s ‘Gin’, and their fourth album together.

After ‘Gin’ Brinks wasted no time in taking The Wave Pictures straight back to the studio, bright and early, the morning after the final show of their tour, to ensure they lost none of the fire still burning in their hearts from the final night’s drinks. Three playful days and twelve loose, jazzy, tracks later, with Brinks making salubrious use of his new penny-whistle and the assembled studio choir of friends hanging out, embraced into the recordings, he had his camel, ‘My Ass’.

‘My Ass’ is an album born out of Brinks’ life on the road, life as an outsider. It is a celebration of new drinking companions, in new bars, in new towns, every night. The memories of loved ones left at home, of places you can smoke inside and drink warm beer through the night. The shows that you wish could last forever. That island in the sun that keeps bringing you back.

Stanley Brinks was born in Paris, France, in 1973. He studied a bit of biology and worked as a nurse for a while. Half Swedish, half Moroccan, strongly inclined to travel the world, he soon began spending most of his life on the road and developed a strong relationship with New York. By the late 90s he’d become a full time singer-songwriter – André Herman Düne – as part of three piece indie-rock band, Herman Düne. Several albums and Peel sessions later and after a decade of touring Europe, mostly with American songwriters such as Jeffrey Lewis, Calvin Johnson and early Arcade Fire he settled in Berlin. The early carnival music of Trinidad became a passion, and in the early 21st century he became the unquestioned master of European calypso, changing his name to Stanley Brinks. Under this moniker he has recorded more than 100 albums, collaborated with the New York Antifolk scene on several occasions, recorded and toured with traditional Norwegian musicians, and played a lot with The Wave Pictures.

The Wave Pictures are David Tattersall, Franic Rozycki and Jonny ‘Huddersfield’ Helm. Formed in 1998 when Franic and David lived in a village called Wymeswold, the band played with several drummers until Jonny became a permanent member in 2003 replacing Hugh J Noble. In the beginning the band learned to play together by covering Jonathan Richman songs but soon David was writing lots of original material.
They have since released six studio albums to critical acclaim and played numerous sessions on BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 and Xfm. Interest generated from these recordings has enabled The Wave Pictures to play shows all over the world with artists including Jeffrey Lewis, Darren Hayman, Stanley Brinks, Freschard and Herman Düne.

"...an interesting and occasionally excellent collection." Drowned In Sound

"....lo-fi delight, with cutesy low-key ballads and pop classics.."  - The Line Of Best Fit

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released October 2, 2015

Songs and artwork by Stanley Brinks
Recorded at Soup Studios, London, March 2014 by Giles Barrett, Simon Trought and David Holmes
soupstudio.co.uk

Stanley Brinks: lead vocals, sopranino saxophone, penny whistle, rhythm guitar
Dave Tattersall: vocals, lead guitar
Franic Rozycki: vocals, bass guitar
Jonny Helm: vocals, drums
Simon Trought: vocals, shaker

Allison Murphy, Tasha Vorontsova, Freschard: backing vocals.
Tom Ashton, Simon and Giles also sing backing vocals here and there. Simon plays the conga drum and Freschard the woodblocks or shakers on a lot of the songs. Giles plays the piano on With My Chin. Freschard plays the banjo on Fire To My Mind.

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Track Name: My Camel
join the party if you're feeling lonely
beat it slowly and whistle it lowly
i'll be trotting along, i'm not getting in the saddle
and there is no sweat on the back of my camel

no sweat on the back of my camel

your baritone and your clock's cuckoo
you can't take them with you
i'm not ridin' a donkey like a prophet in the bible
but i've got no silver on the back of my camel

no silver on the back of my camel

now if you lose me somewhere along the line
don't you worry 'cause i'll be doing fine
i know my way now, i'll be stayin' out of trouble
with nothing but love on the back of my camel

nothing but love on the back of my camel

the cops are coming
let's run away
Track Name: Brighton
at Hogan's in Darlington i was drinkin' a pint
inside, but underneath the skylight
when God himself turned the light on
and i knew i was going to Brighton

oh i've lost and i've learned
i've never returned
burn, burn
burn, bridges, burn

i got on the train like one two three
no-one even looked at me
connected in London swiftly
and got to Brighton in a jiffy

hey Stephanie, what's up?
'want some chips and ketchup?
let's take a walk , drink some beer
and watch the birds over the West Pier

don't let me spend the night alone
right above the funeral home
i need company at night
like i need the tobacco in my pipe
Track Name: Fire To My Mind
my, my, dear me
where will you be
when the sun goes down
and there's no-one around

i wish, i wish, i wish you liked me
i wish you liked me ever so slightly
out of your sight i'm lost in a mist
i'm like an electron, you could say i hardly exist

i wish we were supernaturally connected
we'd meet all the time, even when we don't expect it
we'd see each other every day
and when you spin, i'd spin the other way

thinkers underestimate matter
they don't even know what they're after
your figure to me is more than divine
it sets fire to my mind
Track Name: Berlin
it was cold in the morning when i left Berlin
but last night's drinks had kept a fire burnin' in
my heart so i needed the chill and the dim
white light of the sun on my sallow skin

before we even get a chance to choose
we are already forgiven
we are already forgiven
we are older than the world we live in

you can't be early, you can't be late
it's not a city, it's a state
it's not a city, it's a state, an island
secret, secluded and excitin'

in the bars they're aloof but they keep an open mind
smoke inside and drink outside
smoke inside and drink warm lager beer
it's the freedom, it's the freedom that i love down here
Track Name: Love Me Too
you gave me nothing but hope
a few laters and a lot of maybes
no substance, no dope
no truth out of the mouths of ladies

you said "so long" once more
then "ciao", and then "good day"
but peered back from behind the door
and almost started to say

i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you,
i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you,
i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you
and you are gonna love me too

with all the men in the city
groveling at your feet
you could spot stupidity
in a heartbeat

i shouldn't have let you choose
that was unfortunate
i should have put myself in your shoes
instead i put my foot in it

but i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you,
i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you,
i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you
and you are gonna love me too
Track Name: Run Along
tell me that you love me if you think you do
but don't tell me if you know it's not true
and if the taste of my kiss gets bitter on your tongue
run along, run along, run along

i think you're a beauty and i like your company
but i wouldn't wanna keep you where you don't wanna be
in the palm of my hand, like King fucking Kong
so run along, run along, run along

and i don't know what's on your mind
is it just one of those days, or have i been unkind?
i wish you could tell me what is wrong
run along, run along, run along

oh it was such a nice day and the stars are out
this is the start of a beautiful night
but i see tears at the end of the song
run along, run along, run along
Track Name: Think About You
THINK ABOUT YOU

going down the river i found
some had swum and some had drowned
i tied my boat and waded ashore
knowin' i'd never see you anymore

knowin' i'd never see you anymore

there are miracles yet to explain
in the shadow of the house of my name
in the tall yellow grass
i found my camel and my ass

i found my camel and my ass

my ass, my camel and i will go
where oats and beans and barley grow
there'll be nothing there for me to do
but drink and think about you

but drink and think about you
Track Name: Goodbye My Love
i've got a girl she's trim and slim
she moves her legs like butterfly wings
goodbye, my love, goodbye

one of these days and it won't be long
i'll call her name and she'll be gone
goodbye, my love, goodbye

there's an achin' in my heart
every time that we're apart
goodbye, my love, goodbye

my tears are falling down like rain
but oh i cannot stop the pain
goodbye, my love, goodbye

if i had wings like a turtle dove
i'd spy my girl from up above
goodbye, my love, goodbye

once i loved a girl so sweet
she would watch upon my sleep
goodbye, my love, goodbye

now her love has gone away
and i am cryin' everyday
goodbye, my love, goodbye
Track Name: Wakefield
it rained all day in Leeds
so i was at the pub all day, just hangin' out
but you fulfilled all my needs
in Wakefield that night

you fulfilled all my needs
in Wakefield that night

you said you'd meet me at the station if you could
you'd get off work early somehow
you make me feel so good
and Wakefield knows me now

you make me feel so good
and Wakefield knows me now

we strolled up the hill to the cathedral
and sat on the steps for a while
our love like a shield against all evil
and Wakefield on our side

our love like a shield against all evil
and Wakefield on our side
Track Name: With My Chin
i used to write whatever went on in my brain
one day i tried to read it all again
i had to throw all that rubbish in the bin
oh i've been leadin' with my chin

i've been leadin' with my chin
the dice can roll, the wheel can spin
i'm out of the game, i can't win
i've been leadin' with my chin

the days got shorter, it was getting me down
and i got tired of hangin' around
so i took a plane and left Berlin
oh, i've been leadin' with my chin

you were waiting for me in bed
and i spent hours at the bar instead
chain-smoking and drinking gin
i've been leading with my chin
Track Name: Back To My Island In The Sun
rain water down the drain
old rivers flowin' in vain
i have no lessons left to learn
i'm going back to my island in the sun

back to my island in the sun
where you couldn't run if you wanted to run
back to my island in the sun
where livin' is easy, and livin' is fun

ten years and i'm still an outsider
sitting still, lurkin' like a spider
the dust has settled and the web is spun
i'm going back to my island in the sun

no more wrecks upon the shore
no wilderness left to explore
no bridges i would need to burn
i'm going back to my island in the sun
Track Name: Balluta Bay
there is nothing new in here
Magic Malta makes me wanna drink beer
they had the same songs on last year
Bah Bah Bah Balluta

the fir-trees are growing upside down
Johnny here will get the next round
there is laughter and i like that sound
Bah Bah Bah Balluta

i will end up in the sea
and you are even drunker than me
how many trees? one, two, three?
Bah Bah Bah Balluta

even if you tell me you love me
i'm not gonna move, i'm sorry
i'm sticking to the island of honey
Bah Bah Bah Balluta