The Wedding Present will be playing a series of concert dates in 2019 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their major label debut long-player, Bizarro.
The Wedding Present will be playing a series of concert dates in 2019 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their major label debut long-player, Bizarro and will be at Keele on Saturday 15th June!
Bizarro reviewed by AllMusic :
“The Wedding Present's second proper studio album, Bizarro, [RCA Records, 1989] cut down a bit on the frenetic jangle that the band had been known for in its early days and replaced it with healthy doses of darkness and power. Adding some fuzzy, crunchy, distortion to give the guitars some hefty impact, slowing the tempos down to speeds that allowed vocalist David Gedge to squeeze more heartbroken despair and bleak sarcasm out of every line and generally upping their game in every way, the album was the fullest realization of The Wedding Present's sound yet. Leading off with the unstoppably hooky ‘Brassneck’ which features a brilliant Gedge reading of lines that rhyme "grow up" and "throw up", the album plays like a collection of thematically related singles. The most single-y among them is ‘Kennedy’ which has some brilliant sing-along lyrics and an intensely dramatic guitar strum build-up that crescendos into a maelstrom of sound. The rest of the record isn't far behind; whether it's the sparse ‘What Have I Said Now?’ or the slowly grinding ‘Bewitched’ one could extract any song and it would feel like a highlight... even the epic-length ‘Take Me!’ which closes the album in a fury of strums, drum fills and chugging bass that builds and builds until it seems like the song is going to levitate and take the listener right along with it. The Wedding Present didn't necessarily need to improve their already winning template but they did and it pays off big time on Bizarro.
Track-listing : Brassneck / Crushed / No / Thanks / Kennedy / What Have I Said Now? / Granadaland / Bewitched / Take Me! / Be Honest
In other news...
The Wedding Present will be playing festivals throughout the summer as well as helping to celebrate the release of the George Best album feature film documentary Something Left Behind. They will also be recording a new session for the BBC Radio 6 Music DJ, Marc Riley. The band’s first six Marc Riley sessions have already been released on two compilation LPs by Hatch Records of Leeds. There will also be a new Wedding Present single in May.
Following the popularity of last year’s George Best 30 album, where a Steve Albini re-recorded version of George Best was released by Scopitones, the band are now planning to release Tommy 30, a re-recording of early singles.,
Finally, David Gedge is hoping to find time to continue writing and publishing issues of Tales From The Wedding Present - his auto-biography in comic book form – as well as continuing to DJ around the country.
"The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the 'Rock 'n' Roll' era. You may dispute this but I'm right and you're wrong!" - John Peel