‘Going, Going…’ will be the title of the ninth Wedding Present studio album. It will be released by Scopitones on 2 September 2016.
But [in oh, so typical, Wedding Present style] it will not be merely an album! Oh, no… ‘Going, Going…’ will actually be a collection of twenty 'linked' tracks, each with a beautiful accompanying film. Given the nature of this unique project, ‘Going, Going…’ will be released in three audio-visual formats [see below for a breakdown].
The week after its release the band will be playing at five specially selected small venues across Great Britain. Each night ‘Going, Going…’ will be performed in its entirety in front of a screen onto which the accompanying films will be projected. All the venues will be seated in order to enhance the audience’s enjoyment of this unique series of very intimate concerts. Click here for more details.
The idea to release an album in this fashion is something that has been marinating with The Wedding Present’s David Gedge for some time. Of the genesis of the project, he says: “It’s been germinating for quite a few years, now. Our last album, ‘Valentina’, was released in March 2012 and then we spent pretty much the rest of that year and the early part 2013 touring all over the world. So I’d say that this project was officially born in Spring 2013, when the next batch of new songs started coming together. I’d already decided by then that I didn’t want to make just ‘another album’ and so I came up with the idea of twenty ‘linked’ pieces of music. Then, in the summer of 2014 I travelled across the USA with photographer Jessica McMillan and we made some atmospheric short films to accompany the tracks. I took some time off the project to finish the re-imagining and re-recording of ‘Valentina’ by my other band, Cinerama, and so we didn’t actually start recording the music for ‘Going, Going…’ until October 2014. Since then it’s been a case of progressing through the twenty tracks, trying all sorts of ideas, seeing how they work set against the visuals…
An expanded multi-media format is a great way to add texture to the way an album is perceived and Gedge found the process to be a rewarding artistic experience.
“Yeah, definitely,” he says. “But then in The Wedding Present we’ve had a history of unusual projects… the ‘Ukrainian’ recordings, The Hit Parade’s 12 singles in a year, my comic book… even Cinerama was kind of a leap into the unknown… and this is another one of those kinds of experiments.
One might assume that twenty linked tracks would indicate the album has a main thematic narrative and Gedge confirms this is the case.
“They do,” he says. “It’s a story… but I’ll leave the lyrics to tell that particular tale!”
Here’s a breakdown of those formats...
1 : ‘Standard’ CD + DVD
2 : ‘Deluxe’ CD + DVD [This format will contain a bonus 8-track CD featuring acoustic, session and live versions of songs from the album in a hard bound ‘book pack’ (resembling the recently released Edsel Records ‘Expanded Editions’) along with the DVD and lyrics]
3 : ‘Deluxe’ Double LP + DVD [This double LP will come in heavyweight vinyl and also include the album on CD. Also contained in this format will be a 7” single with four acoustic versions of songs from the album, the DVD and lyrics]
The DVDs will be region-free and compatible with PAL and NTSC players.
‘Going, Going…’ may be pre-ordered now via ‘PledgeMusic’. Those who pre-order will not only secure a copy of the release in their chosen format but will also be eligible for a PledgeMusic ‘AccessPass’ with which they will be able to access exclusive material, video updates and more on the PledgeMusic web site.
Furthermore, David will happily add his signature to every physical copy of ‘Going Going…’ pre-ordered via PledgeMusic. [However, if you would prefer him not to mark the beautiful artwork, just let us know when ordering.]
An audio download on MP3 or lossless audio [FLAC] is also pre-orderable.
Any item ordered will be delivered on 2 September 2016 but, in the run up to this day, AccessPass holders will be kept up to date with the project that they are helping to fund.
To pre-order ‘Going, Going…’ from PledgeMusic, please click here.