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The Wedding Present deliver a brilliant and arresting audio piece with their new track “Kill Devil Hills”. Vibrant in execution and refreshing in delivery, The Wedding Present show that originality is alive and well in the indie scene with this all-too-short stomp-rocker. As the song says, “like a man, I know what I want” and that is more of The Wedding Present.

"Going, Going…"

“Going, Going…”

About The Wedding Present
‘Going, Going…’ is the title of the widely anticipated ninth studio album from UK indie darlings The Wedding Present but, in typical Wedding Present fashion… it’s not a conventional release! Going, Going… is out December 2nd in North America on HHBTM Records, the album tells the story of a road trip across the USA, revealed across a collection of twenty ‘linked’ songs, each with an accompanying short film.

They needed to stretch out; they needed the space. Going, Going… is the first double album in The Wedding Present’s long glorious career and it opens with four haunting instrumentals, as if David Gedge has been stunned into silence and is slowly working up the courage to speak, like when your loved one asks you what’s wrong and all you can manage to do is slowly shake your head. Finally, he collects himself and explodes into ‘Two Bridges’, and even then he’s only able to leave a voicemail message—he probably made sure to call when he knew she couldn’t answer.

Formed in 1985, The Wedding Present are one of the UK’s most longstanding and much-loved indie bands with eighteen UK Top 40 hit singles to their name. The Fall’s Mark E. Smith, in his northern-ness, his cantankerousness, is one of the few peers who can match David Gedge’s longevity, but Smith drifted into schtick years ago and has never made a record as open-hearted as this.

The album tells the story of a road trip across the US—or more accurately, the accumulation of thoughts collected during a road trip—over the course of 20 songs, each with its own accompanying short film. The music is literally cinematic, in many cases written while looking at photographs & film recorded during the journey.

Road trips allow the mind to drift. They give you time to think. And Going, Going… is more contemplative, more spiritual than anything they’ve ever done. If The Wedding Present have always been heard as a hyperactive frenzy, a torrent of emotion, Going, Going… is where they take a moment to reflect. And what they’ve ended up finding is even more terrifying. Adolescent dread is intense, but it’s the dread that comes w/middle-age that hits the deepest—the knowledge that monsters are real, and death isn’t a tragedy—that it’s as natural as the weather and every bit as inevitableThe lyrics are still as incisive (incisive as in creating an incision) as ever. Gedge points fingers everywhere—at himself & everyone in the room. Going, Going… is an album that sounds like it was made under great psychological distress, like if these songs didn’t get written then there might never be any more songs ever. The album’s theme gets clearly laid-out on ‘Fordland.’ I’m crossing time zones like it’s going out of style / Pretending that I know / Exactly what I’m doing with my life, meanwhile / I’m terrified of tomorrow.

The album propels from one bittersweet rush to another. There’s the hyperactive ‘Secretary’, the brutal irony in the chorus of ‘KIll Devil Hills’ as our protagonist, after nearly half an album of equivocations & self-doubt, describes himself as ‘a man who knows what he wants.’

It all builds to the epic finale of ‘Santa Monica’, from Maine all the way to California, from emotional desolation to a cautiously optimistic ending. As the singing ends and the guitars swell, swept away on several minutes of instrumental calm, it feels as if we’ve come full circle, only now the wordlessness is the product of satisfaction. The album title hints that this could be the end, and if so, what a lovely way to say goodbye.

Released in the UK two months ago on Scopitones, HHBTM is handling the US release, which comes out this November. The UK press is raving, and soon so won’t we all.

The Wedding Present is also excited to announce a 13-date tour of North America, where they will be supported by indie pop star Colleen Green.


The Wedding Present at Overblown

After nearly 30 years in the game, you’d forgive indie rock group The Wedding Presentfor slowing down and taking it easy. However, David Gedge, the spearhead of TWP, has no intention of doing so. The group’s latest work is a twenty song, double LP opus inspired by a cross country drive across America. On top of that, each song has an accompanying video.

Collectively, the work does not feel like a group of songs but a train of thought as instrumentals segue into rousing rock tracks and reflective love songs. You can listen to a selection from the album and watch a couple of the videos below the tour dates.


The Wedding Present at Austin Town Hall

I’m not sure where we draw the line at nostalgia. For the Wedding Present, their Bizarro tour garnered tons of press, but when they kept going with more new music, never skipping a beat, folks just turned a deaf ear. It’s sad, as they sound bigger and better than ever. I mean, if I were to ever have a complaint, which I don’t, it might be that some of their earliest LPs didn’t have the same quality production their new stuff does. David Gedge has such magnificent control of his voice, as you’ll hear in this song, particularly during the chorus. Put the past behind you, and enjoy the fact that the Wedding Present are as good, if not greater, than they ever were. Their latest LP, Going Going, will be out later this year via HHBTM.


The Wedding Present at Exclaim!

Last year, English indie popsters the Wedding Present announced plans for a new record titled Going, Going…, and while it’s taken a little longer than expected to arrive, it’s finally here next week. First, though, Exclaim! is giving you an exclusive listen to “Kill Devil Hills” from the upcoming album.

As previously reported, the record weaves together 20 tracks, telling the story of a road trip across the United States. Anyone who has ever done a long stateside drive knows that the journey gives one plenty of time to get lost in thought, so it’s hardly surprising that Going, Going… hears the band delivering their most “contemplative” and “spiritual” material ever.

You can join the band along on their reflective, emotionally charged journey through America by streaming “Kill Devil Hills” in the player below. The band will once again embark on a trip across North American for an upcoming tour, and you can see those dates listed below, as well.

Going, Going… is officially out on December 2 through Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records.

Tour dates:

04/14 Washington, DC – Rock And Roll Hotel
04/15 Brooklyn, NY – Bell House
04/16 Boston, MA – Great Scott
04/17 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PDB
04/19 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
04/20 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
04/21 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
04/22 Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
04/25 Seattle, WA – Crocodile
04/26 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
04/28 San Francisco, CA – Independent
04/29 Los Angeles, CA – Echo
04/30 San Diego, CA – Casbah


Wedding Present Track Debut at Austin Town Hall

If you’ve been paying attention out there, you knew that Going Going, the newest album from The Wedding Present, was making its way to US shores. That’s important, as HHBTM Recordswill be releasing it here, but it’s also important to the narrative of the album, as the 20 songs were all written or based off a US road trip. Plus, each song is accompanied by a short film, which hopefully documents the trip itself. But, we’ll have to wait until November 18th to see, though in the meantime, jam this just released tune! It’s titled “Two Bridges,” which if you listen to the track below seems to be two wholly different bridges. Listen and find out why I say that.


Wedding Present Guest Editing at Magnet

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