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The Wedding Present – Going, Going… (HHBTM 18 November 2016)

12 Nov

The Wedding Present to Release ‘Going, Going…’ LP via Athens-based HHBTM Records.

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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 November 18th 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 inevitable.

The 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 are excited to announce a 13-date tour of North America where they will be supported by fabulous indie pop star Colleen Green. Live dates are as follows.

 

April 2017.

14 : Washington, DC – Rock And Roll Hotel

15 : Brooklyn, NY – Bell House

16 : Boston, MA – Great Scott

17 : Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PDB

19 : Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern

20 : Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop

21 : Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

22 : Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club

25 : Seattle, WA – Crocodile

26 : Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret

28 : San Francisco, CA – Independent

29 : Los Angeles, CA – Echo

30 : San Diego, CA – Casbah

Keep up with The Wedding Present 

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Posted by on November 12, 2016 in Alternative

 

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