The Wedding Present - Locked Down and Stripped Back
Scopitones will release Locked Down & Stripped Back by The Wedding Present on 26th February. Locked Down & Stripped Back features home recordings of Wedding Present classics, along with two previously unreleased songs: 'You're Just A Habit That I'm Trying To Break' and 'We Should Be Together'. The former is David Gedge's song writing partnership with Wedding Present guitarist Jon Stewart (of Platinum album selling Sleeper fame) whilst the latter was originally written (but never released) by Sleeper themselves. This new Wedding Present version features Louise Wener on vocals.
With each band member recording and filming their parts at home under lock-down restrictions, the recording process was far from easy, but the end result illustrates splendidly how The Wedding Present have adapted to the impact of Covid-19. David Gedge says: "As the Summer of 2020 wore on it became increasingly obvious that At The Edge Of The Sea - my annual festival in Brighton - was sadly going the way of other live music events. Following it's cancellation, I decided to replace it with an 'online' version, presented live from my living room and featuring home-recorded videos from many of the artists that had appeared at the festival over the years. For The Wedding Present contribution, we picked twelve tracks to re-work in a 'semi-acoustic' style, and it was fascinating to see how stripped back arrangement, brought out different aspects of the songs. The Seamonsters track 'Blonde' was a prime example of this, with a 'just-two-guitars' approach resulting in naive and stark-sounding interpretation".
"In addition to the brilliant contributions from Louise and Jon from Sleeper, my long-time writing associate Terry de Castro fired over contributions from Los Angeles and, fresh from finishing her first Such Small Hands solo album, Wedding Present bass player Melanie Howard took over lead vocals for a version of 'Sports Car'".