The Wedding Present have had eighteen Top 40 singles and seven Top 40 albums… not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stubbornly refused to play the record industry’s game!
The Wedding Present will be coming to The Apex in August, as part of their UK tour to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the release of their pivotal long-player, ‘Seamonsters’.
Formed in the mid-eighties, their music was influenced by The Fall, The Birthday Party and Gang of Four. With their early releases, the band acquired a reputation for bittersweet, breathtakingly honest love songs immersed in whirlwind guitars, and the band were spotted by legendary BBC radio DJ John Peel, who immediately started championing them.
“ 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.
Their first album, 1987’s ‘George Best’, featured fast-paced rhythm guitar attacks and, apart from a few tentative excursions into social critique and politics, Gedge’s main lyrical concerns were love, lust, heartbreak and revenge.
They enlisted the aid of the noise-mongering (and, at that point, relatively unknown) sound engineer Steve Albini, for ‘Seamonsters’, which had The Guardian noting that: “Albini has given The Wedding Present considerable weight, with Gedge’s voice trickling between banks of scowling guitars ”.
In 1992 they released one single per month, each of which entered the charts, thereby equalled Elvis Presley’s thirty-five year-old record for most hits in one year.
One of the most influential indie bands of the past thirty years, The Wedding Present have never lost that sense of DIY innovation and are repeating 1992’s venture by releasing a new seven inch single every month throughout 2022.