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Founded in Leeds in 1985, The Wedding Present in 2012 still plays with a firm commitment to tough-sounding pop music (with only leader David Gedge standing as an original member). The guitars and drums are pure brawn, while Gedge finds indelible melodies to skirt as he rants like an angry patron at the last bar on Earth. "You're Dead" starts the march toward oblivion, with a dynamic that winds from angry to remorseful, all without losing its grip. Gedge's time with Cinerama and work with producer Steve Albini may now be in the past, but the lessons are in full effect. These recordings are raw and naked, but not without an occasional female voice emerging from the mix. Gedge pines for the love and mystery of his adolescence, recognizing that those mysteries give pop music its sense of wonder. Echoes of future American indie bands and future European groups can be heard in the aggression. The Wedding Present retains certain English flavors, but in tracks such as "Meet Cute," "Back a Bit . . . Stop," and "Deer Caught in the Headlights," the band creates its own peculiar sound and style.

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Everyone should listen to this

Just saw Mr. Gedge at a hole in the wall in D.C. the day after this released. I'm so glad he's back in the game making the music I grew to love so much in the early nineties. Catch them on tour this year and be treated to Seamonsters, my favorite, played in it's entirety. I never got to see them back in the day so my elation that I get to enjoy new music from a band I thought was long gone is through the roof. The young blood in the band is very talented and fun to watch. So glad David has not lost his touch.


Formed: 1985 in Leeds, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Emerging in the wake of the Smiths' demise as the U.K.'s most successful indie pop band during the late '80s, the Wedding Present were founded in Leeds, England, in 1985. Formed from the ashes of the short-lived Lost Pandas, the Weddoes (as they were affectionately dubbed by fans) were essentially the vehicle of singer/songwriter David Gedge, the only constant member throughout the group's tumultuous history. Initially rounded out by guitarist Peter Solowka, bassist Keith Gregory, and drummer Shaun...
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