PLAYED ON: Thursday 8 June 2006

Wedding Present

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After almost an eight-year hiatus, The Wedding Present follow their recent album release with a tour through the UK, Europe and North America...

Having called a temporary halt to The Wedding Present in 1997, David Gedge embarked on a duo project with his then girlfriend Sally Murrell that was soon to adopt the name Cinerama, releasing their debut album, VA VA VOOM, in 1998. Cinerama was to become the primary creative output for David Gedge’s writing, recording and performing, but, by 2002’s TORINO, the melodic Cinerama sound was becoming darker in tone and, stylistically, more guitar driven. They had also taken to mixing the odd Wedding Present song into the live shows. Gedge’s personal life then entered a darker place itself following the break up with long time girlfriend Sally. He moved to Seattle and began writing a series of songs that were clearly influenced by his despair over the split. The resultant album, which was recorded in Chicago and Seattle by Steve Fisk [who also produced WATUSI, The Wedding Present’s 1994 LP for Island Records] was released in mid-February 2005, and saw Gedge revive The Wedding Present name for the first album since 1996’s SATURNALIA. Titled TAKE FOUNTAIN, it was preceded in the UK by a single, INTERSTATE 5.

After almost an eight-year hiatus, The Wedding Present followed the album release with a tour through the UK, Europe and North America. The band's live line up consists of David Gedge, Terry de Castro (bass), Kari Paavola (drums) and guitarist Simon Cleave, a member of the previous Wedding Present line up. For Gedge it will be full circle, almost 20 years since he started out with The Wedding Present, a band which has remained true to itself albeit without ever taking or acknowledging the full credit and recognition it deserves as one of the UK’s most influential and successful indie pop bands for a decade onwards from the mid-eighties. TAKE FOUNTAIN is a body of songs so heartfelt it’s impossible not to be moved by them and an album that is the equal, if not surpassing, anything The Wedding Present has previously recorded and released.

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