The Wedding Present will be playing a series of concert dates throughout 2019 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their classic major label debut long-player, Bizarro.
In AllMusic’s review of Bizarrothe album is described with the following:
“The Wedding Present’s second proper studio album, Bizarro, [RCA Records, 1989] cut down a bit on the frenetic jangle that the band had been known for in its early days and replaced it with healthy doses of darkness and power. Adding some fuzzy, crunchy, distortion to give the guitars some hefty impact, slowing the tempos down to speeds that allowed vocalist David Gedge to squeeze more heartbroken despair and bleak sarcasm out of every line and generally upping their game in every way, the album was the fullest realization of The Wedding Present’s sound yet.
Leading off with the unstoppably hooky ‘Brassneck’ which features a brilliant Gedge reading of lines that rhyme “grow up” and “throw up”, the album plays like a collection of thematically related singles. The most single-y among them is ‘Kennedy’ which has some brilliant sing-along lyrics and an intensely dramatic guitar strum build-up that crescendos into a maelstrom of sound. The rest of the record isn’t far behind; whether it’s the sparse ‘What Have I Said Now?’ or the slowly grinding ‘Bewitched’ one could extract any song and it would feel like a highlight… even the epic-length ‘Take Me!’ which closes the album in a fury of strums, drum fills and chugging bass that builds and builds until it seems like the song is going to levitate and take the listener right along with it. The Wedding Present didn’t necessarily need to improve their already winning template but they did and it pays off big time on Bizarro.”
It will be an event that fans won’t want to miss – and there’s plenty more happening too so be sure to follow The Wedding Present for more.
UK Tour 2019
21 – Dover, Booking Hall
22 – Southampton, Joiners Arms [SOLD OUT]23 – Kingston College [SOLD OUT]
4 – Dundee, Beat Generator
5 – Edinburgh, Summerhall
6 – Leeds, O2 Academy
2 – Cardiff Tramshed
3 – Wrexham, Central Station
4 – Oxford, O2 Academy
- 5 – Norwich Arts Centre
26 – Belfast, Empire Music Hall
6 – Falmouth, Princess Pavilion
7 – Exeter Phoenix
8 – Bristol, O2 Academy
13 – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
- 14 – Stowmarket, John Peel Centre
15 – Keele University
9 – Brighton, Concorde 2
For more information or tickets, visit www.theweddingpresent.co.uk.