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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The Wedding Present at The Vinyl District

The Wedding Present, Going, Going… (HHBTM) Earlier in 2016 HHBTM dished wax of The Weddoes’ 2005 effort Take Fountain and follow it up here with a 2LP/DVD set of the group’s latest (available outside the US on Scopitones). It opens with a series of largely instrumental and somewhat post-rock pieces, an unusual and intriguing turn as each of the 20 tracks is accompanied by a short film pertaining to a cross-country US trip David Gedge undertook in ’14 with photographer Jessica McMillan. Overlong, but fittingly so, with a few gems including “Bells” and closer “Santa Monica.” B+

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The Wedding Present Interview at The Big Takeover

You’re going at full speed and full out on Going, Going…, a collection of compositions that captures not only a transcontinental road trip of the US, but also, via your lyrics, the indecision, self-examination, convictions, realizations, and revelations of the person behind the wheel. I take it you literally went on this US road trip before creating the album. Or does this symphonically wandering to driving indie rock journey spring directly from your imagination?

DAVID: No, I literally went on the road trip… along with photographer Jessica McMillan. We started in Maine and meandered through twenty states until we reached Southern California… and each of the tracks on Going, Going… is named after a location we visited on the journey. The experience informed the music and the lyrics and we also made short films in each of the states…

Why the US and not England? What is it about the US that inspired the album or did the musical concept strike you before the actual trip?

DAVID: That’s a good question. I did consider the idea of a European version. Twenty countries from Iceland to Istanbul, or something? Maybe that’ll be Going, Going… 2, haha. But I think I see America as the home of the road trip! The landscape is so varied and remarkable… Cinematic, I guess… Inspiring, anyway!

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The Wedding Present – Song of the Day at This is Not a Drill

It’s funny. When I was younger, I couldn’t stand any of this talk about romance and relationships. That’s all girl stuff, base pleasures, distractions – and besides, I had my own fantasy worlds to explore. But now with the rolling of years – and a love life that still doesn’t exist – desire has led me up and over the mundane mindset of adulthood. And who better to guide a hopeless virgin like me in these mad frontiers than David Gedge, that impresario of passion, a true grown-up teenager who still swims with such grace and tenacity through chronicles of love?

Ah, me. Sometimes you can’t explain why a song lifts you up so quickly. That’s me with all my favorite Wedding Present songs, and that’s where I am with the new album, Going, Going.“Two Bridges” is the first rush of blood after the gorgeous portrait painted by the four opening tracks – and my god, how many bands half Gedge’s age can so consistently write such compact and wiry rock songs such as these? And how many, indeed, can pivot so elegantly from full throttle rendezvous to elegiac goodbye? That’s nothing new in the Weddo book, but then some books cry to be cracked open again.

The Wedding Present’s staggering new album Going, Going is out now on HHBTM. Order here

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