The Wedding Present
Take Fountain (CD)

Format: CD
Label: Talitres records
Ref: TAL-019
Date: 2005
total time 46:46


11
.90 €



 
 
 
01. On Ramp
02. Interstate 5 (extended version)
 
03. Always The Quiet One
 
04. I'm From Norther North Than You
 
05. Mars Sparkles Down On Me
 
06. Ringway To Seatac
 
07. Don't Touch That Dial [Pacific Northwest Version]
 
08. It's For You
 
09. Larry's
10. Queen Anne
 
11. Perfect Blue
 

(FR)

Originaire de Leeds, David Gedge decide d'arrêter ses études supérieures de mathématiques pour se consacrer entiérement à la musique. Un premier single autoproduit et pressé à 500 exemplaires " Go Out And Get 'Em Boy " marque la naissance des Wedding Present (David Gedge : chant, guitare - Peter Salowska : guitare - Keith Gregory : basse - Shaun Charman : batterie). Le soutien de la presse spécialisée et surtout de l'animateur de la BBC1 John Peel permet au groupe de se forger rapidement un belle notoriété. En 1987, leur premier album " George Best " connaît un succès immédiat (plus de 70 000 exemplaires vendus).
Tout en gardant un farouche esprit d'indépendance, The Wedding Present décroche un contrat avec la major compagnie RCA et enchaîne en 1989 un mini-album " Ukrainski Vistupi V Johna Peela " et un second véritable long format " Bizzaro ". Leur troisième album " Seasmonster " (1991) enregistré dans le Minnesota par Steve Albini consacre définitivement la formation, un disque taillé dans la roche, où alternent accalmies et expérimentations bruitistes, austérité et fougue. En 1992, David Gedge décide de sortir un 45 tours vinyl par mois (en face A un inédit, en B une reprise), titres compilés à l'occasion des " Hit Parade 1 & 2 ".
Ayant signé sur le label Island, le groupe sort un nouvel album en 1994 (" Watusi ") produit par Steve Fisk, pionnier de la scène rock avangardiste de Seattle et reconnu pour ses travaux avec Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pavement, Low ou encore les Sreaming Trees. En perte de vitesse, The Wedding Present publie " Saturnalia " (1996) sur le label indépendant Cooking Vinyl. Mais dès 1997, David Gedge dissout le groupe pour se consacrer à un nouveau projet " CINERAMA " épaulé par sa compagne Sally Murrell (premier album " VA VA VOOM " en 1998).
Sa récente séparation avec S. Murrell provoque chez David Gedge un besoin radical de remise en question et de changement. Composé à Seattle et Chicago avec Simon Cleave (guitariste sur " Saturnalia " et avec CINERAMA à partir de 1999) et enregistré sous la houlette de Steve Fisk, " TAKE FOUNTAIN " marque le grand retour des Wedding Present (les avions nous quittés ?), un album tendu, nerveux mais mélodique.
 

(EN)

Having called a temporary halt to The Wedding Present in 1997, David Gedge embarked on a duo project with his then girlfriend Sally Murrell that was soon to adopt the name Cinerama, releasing their debut album, VA VA VOOM, in 1998. Cinerama was to become the primary creative output for David Gedge's writing, recording and performing, but, by 2002's TORINO, the melodic Cinerama sound was becoming darker in tone and, stylistically, more guitar driven. They had also taken to mixing the odd Wedding Present song into the live shows. Gedge's personal life then entered a darker place itself following the break up with long time girlfriend Sally. He moved to Seattle and began writing a series of songs that appear to be influenced by his despair over the split. The resultant album, which was recorded in Chicago and Seattle by Steve Fisk [who also produced WATUSI, The Wedding Present's 1994 LP for Island Records] is scheduled for released on St. Valentine's Day 2005, and will see Gedge revive The Wedding Present name for the first album since 1996's SATURNALIA. Titled TAKE FOUNTAIN, it was preceded by a single, INTERSTATE 5 on 15th November 2003.
After almost an eight-year hiatus, The Wedding Present will also be touring through the UK, Europe and North America in the wake of the album's release with the line up of David Gedge, Terry de Castro, bass, Kari Paavola, drums and guitarist Simon Cleave, a member of the previous Wedding Present line up. See below for a list of tour dates. For Gedge it will be full circle, almost 20 years since he started out with The Wedding Present, a band which has remained true to itself albeit without ever taking or acknowledging the full credit and recognition it deserves as one of the UK's most influential and successful indie pop bands for a decade onwards from the mid-eighties. TAKE FOUNTAIN is a body of songs so heartfelt it's impossible not to be moved by them and an album that is the equal, if not surpassing, anything The Wedding Present has previously recorded and released.
 

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