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Rock 'n' Roll
The Wave Pictures are strange: an indie rock band with absolutely no indie rock influences. For years, all we’ve listened to has been the classic blues and rock and roll of America in the 50s and 60s. And yet, we’re always disliked those retro acts who slavishly copy the look and the sound, the haircuts and the fonts of the past, but miss the unfettered spirit of the music they love. We have a style of our own already, the way your eyes have a colour. We don’t want to be a blues band. But the blues is there, at the invisible core of everything we do. We love it.
You see, these days the kids like their music to be made by machines, even when it pretends otherwise. The kids don’t seem to fear the machines (as I do, having been so profoundly affected at a young age by the first two Terminator movies) and so they happily switch on their computers and listen to robots singing. Well, one day those robots will rise up and kill us all. Listen instead, kids, to The Wave Pictures, the band that will someday soundtrack the resistance. We are the real thing, you know. The only reason the press haven’t noticed is that they are besotted with the machine music of robots, too. Ah, but no robot could swing the way Franic Rozycki swings his tugboat bass on a mighty blues-rock anthem such as “Now I Want To Hoover My Brain Clean” or “Panama Hat”, which will not sound right until it is heard crackling through a broken radio in a burned out basement after the robot apocalypse, a last little sign of human life on earth. The resistance starts here.
Music Venue & Bar
The Hairy Dog is the small music venue with a big sound in the heart of Derby.
We're bringing you the best of alternative music from the UK and overseas as well as supporting the local scene.
Since opening the doors in 2012 The Hairy Dog has become a favourite port of call on the UK touring circuit.
The Hairy Dog has made a name for itself having played host to bands such as Slaves, Sleaford Mods, The Blockheads, Cockney Rejects, Old Firm Casuals, UK Subs, Suburban Legends, Unearth, Shadows Fall, The Acacia Strain and hundreds more.
2016 saw the opening of our new 400 capacity venue room, with an impressive new stage, p.a lighting rig, cloak room and most importantly our new bar. This area of the venue is now all on ground level to make access easier.
We have also refurbished our second stage in our upstairs room. With its own bar and dressing room, p.a lighting rig and new lower level stage this is a great 80 capacity space.
The main bar is open every day from 5pm all the way until 3am.
It has become a safe home for Derby's alternative culture and is always loud, lively and accommodating to all.
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