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 those 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.

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.

TOUR DATES 2019

March

Date Venue
Thu 21st Booking Hall Dover
Fri 22nd Joiners Arms Southampton SOLD OUT
Sat 23rd The College Kingston SOLD OUT

April

Date Venue
Thu 4th Beat Generator Dundee
Fri 5th Summerhall Edinburgh
Sat 6th O2 Academy Leeds

May

Date Venue
Thu 2nd Tramshed Cardiff
Fri 3rd Central Station Wrexham
Sat 4th O2 Academy Oxford
Sun 5th Arts Centre Norwich
Fri 26th Empire Music Hall Belfast

June

Date Venue
Thu 6th Princess Pavilion Falmouth
Fri 7th The Phoenix Exeter
Sat 8th O2 Academy Bristol
Thu 13th Craufurd Arms Milton Keynes
Fri 14th John Peel Centre Stowmarket
Sat 15th Keele University

August

Date Venue
Fri 9th Concorde 2 Brighton

Tickets are now on sale

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