September 26, 2022

The Wedding Present: Locked Down and Stripped Back Volume Two

The Wedding Present: Locked Down and Stripped Back Volume Two

Locked Down and Stripped Back Volume Two captures English indie darlings The Wedding Present during the virtual version of their long running At The Edge Of The Sea festival in 2021. The band decided to play a mostly acoustic set and offer it as a webcast. It serves as a companion piece for their 2021 studio album Locked Down and Stripped Back. A live record is by default a bit gritty and although they were not performing for an audience - or even in the same room for that matter - the band manages to connect rather well.

A good song works well in any guise and since main man David Gedge usually starts out with just his guitar and voice the core is already there, ready and waiting for the others musicians to pitch in and create the classic Wedding Present sound. Founded in 1985 and still going strong they have always found a way to get their message across, providing snapshots from every day life and taking the piss if need be. Lots of bands would have killed to come up with songs like What Have I Said Now and as Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft, but for The Wedding Present it is business as usual. Now where is that blue plaque in Leeds to honour them?

The Wedding Present:
David Gedge: vocals, guitar, keyboards
Terry De Castro: guitar, vocals (tracks A3, A5, B3, B5)
Chris Hardwick: drums
Melanie Howard: bass, vocals, guitar, keyboards
Peter Solowka: accordion (tracks A4)
Jon Stewart: guitar (tracks A1, A2, A4, A6, B1, B2, B4, B6)
Paul Dorrington: guitar (tracks B4)

Locked Down and Stripped Back Volume Two is released (CD, digital, pink and black vinyl) via Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records (USA) and the band's own label Scopitones.

Side A:
  1. Brassneck
  2. No
  3. Careless
  4. Nobody's Twisting Your Arm
  5. What Have I Said Now
  6. Perfect Blue
Side B:
  1. Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
  2. That Would Only Happen In a Movie
  3. At The Edge of the Sea
  4. Blue Eye
  5. Dare
  6. Octopussy

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