The Wedding Present are a British indie rock group originally formed in 1985 in Leeds, England, from the ashes of the Lost Pandas. The band’s music has evolved from fast-paced indie rock in the vein of their most obvious influences The Fall, Buzzcocks and Gang of Four to more varied forms. Throughout their career, they have been led by vocalist and guitarist David Gedge, the band’s only constant member.
The Wedding Present have had eighteen UK Top 40 hit singles… not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stubbornly refused to play the record industry’s game. It all started in 1985 when David Lewis Gedge boarded a National Express coach in London with 500 records packed into a pair of his mother’s suitcases and, in this fashion, delivered the band’s debut single GO OUT AND GET ‘EM BOY! to a distribution company in Yorkshire. That pioneering spirit has been at the core of the band’s philosophy ever since. From GEORGE BEST, “an unmitigated delight” [NME], the first full-length release on their own Reception Records onwards, the band has charted an appealing, if often eccentric, course of its very own.
They Have worked with Steve Albini.
They produce their own comic book.
They have thier own mini festival (At The Edge Of The Sea) – and I hope to go to it one day!
I have been loving their music since I was 19 years old, from the first single I bought (Kennedy) to the lastes full length album (Going, Going…).
These pictures were taken at The Bell House in Brooklyn on the 15th of April 2017. They played music from every era of the band, and Gedge’s new band mates did them all proud. Check out the videos I captured of Kennedy, Mothers (a cover version, originally released by The Jean Paul Satre Experience) and Unthinkable.
The Show was opened up by Colleen Green.