The Wedding Present Live Review & Photos at Vanyaland

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The Holiday Crowd Video at The Big Takeover

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The Wedding Present Interview at Impose

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The Wedding Present at Last Day Deaf

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The Wedding Present at The Big Takeover

Review featured in issue 79!

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The Wedding Present at Galway Advertiser

A SLOW, atmospheric, post-rock instrumental is not what a seasoned Wedding Present listener expects to hear, nor a stately and majestic track built around a worldless choir of male and female vocals, nor a sublime movement for string quartet and piano.

Yet this is how Going, Going…, the Present’s new album opens – but in another way, it makes perfect sense, as band leader David Gedge is drawing on his other band, Cinerama, where he revealed his talents as a composer. Yet once the nervy guitar chords of ‘Two Bridges’ burst in, there is no doubting that this is no other band than British indie stalwarts, The Wedding Present.

Meanwhile ‘Secretary’ is classic Gedge, an agitated, anxious piece of frustration at how in the era of mass and instant communications, the inability to talk to someone at the drop of the hat can trigger a panic attack – brilliant. It would not sound out of place on the band’s clasic 1987 album, George Best, and fits perfectly with the band’s trademark ‘mild mannered Englishman’s quiet desperation finally boils over and he explodes’ style themes.

Indeed, across its 20 tracks, there is not a bad song on Going, Going… with such as ‘Bells’ and ‘Ten Sleep’ holding up to the band’s classic work, while also sounding fresh and contemporary. Quite simply, the best thing this great band has done in years.

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Kleenex Girl Wonder at God is in the TV Zine

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Kleenex Girl Wonder at Paper Blog

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The Wedding Present Interview at Overblown

Overlown: Your new album Going, Going… is a double album consisting of twenty songs, each of which has an accompanying short film. It is perhaps your most ambitious work to date. What inspired you to take on such a large project?

David Gedge: The main answer to that is that I felt like I didn’t want to make ‘just another album’. Not that there’s anything wrong with making a ‘normal’ album but, from time to time, I just quite like the idea of shooting off at a tangent and doing something different. It’s not the first time we’ve done this, obviously… I remember the Ukrainian folk music phase and the twelve singles we did for The Hit Parade… even my Cinerama project… they all presented the same type of challenge and appeal for me.

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The Wedding Present at Impose

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