The Wedding Present - Locked Down and Stripped Back Vinyl LP
The Wedding Present Locked Down and Stripped Back Vinyl LP
Locked Down And Stripped Back includes 12 home recordings of The Wedding Present favorites along with two previously unreleased songs: "You're Just A Habit That I'm Trying To Break" and "We Should Be Together." The latter was originally recorded – but never released – by Britpop favorites, Sleeper. With each band member recording and filming their parts at home due to lockdown restrictions, the recording process was far from easy, but the end result is, as always, typically satisfying.
Elsewhere, a re-working of "You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends" – originally released as a single in 1986 – and a truly epic version of "Crawl" (3 Songs EP, 1990), despite their ‘stripped back' delivery, still pack a proverbial punch, while "You're Just A Habit That I'm Trying to Break" – a new song co-written with new guitarist Jon Stewart – is classic Wedding Present. Furthermore, bassist Melanie Howard takes over vocal duties on the sumptuous "Sports Car" (Mini, 1995), while none of David Gedge's famous sardonic wit is lost on the majestic "My Favourite Dress" (George Best, 1987).
"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 its cancellation, I decided to replace it with an ‘online' version, presented live from my own 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's contribution, we picked twelve tracks to re-work in a ‘semi-acoustic' style, and it was fascinating to see how stripped-back arrangements 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 a naïve and moving interpretation," says Gedge.
The Wedding Present Locked Down and Stripped Back Track Listing:
1. A Million Miles – Have a Listen
2. California / Starry Eyed
3. We Should Be Together
4. You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends
6. You're Just A Habit That I'm Trying To Break
8. Sports Car
9. Deer Caught In The Headlights
11. My Favourite Dress
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