Terry de Castro

The concept for Terry's album came out of one of those brilliant conversations where there are loads of great ideas flying around. And when it all came together the final outcome surpassed even our expectations. It was a real pleasure to be involved with! - David Gedge

It all started the day I got that fateful phone call in 1998: 'Would you like to do a concert at the Camden Falcon and then a Peel Session?' I was at a loose end, having had just wrapped up five years of recording and touring with London indie trio Goya Dress. The voice at the other end of the phone said that he had just recorded a new album, Va Va Voom, with his new side project. He'd got my name from a mutual bass player friend who had played on the album and he wondered if I was available. Great! I thought. It had been a while since I'd played live and the idea of doing a legendary Peel Session at the BBC studios was something that sounded rather appealing; I didn't even need to consider it. 'I'd love to! What was your name again ...?' I asked.

'Er... David Gedge...'

Oh.

The band, of course, was Cinerama and the gig turned into a North American tour, which turned into another tour... and another. Fast-forward to New Year's Eve, 1999. On this monumental night, David (always Mr. Pedantic) was blasé: 'I'm not celebrating the end of this millenium, because technically the new one doesn't start until 2001.' Still, he and Sally Murrell and I took a flask of wine up the Chevin in Otley, Yorkshire to watch the bonfire. From the top of the hill we could see fireworks from three different towns. Nothing collapsed that midnight, the world did not end and computers did not crash on a global scale. However, I made a secret decision right there, which was that I was going to spend the next decade playing music with David Gedge.

And that's exactly what happened. Cinerama recorded a second album, Disco Volante, in 2000 with subsequent tours, followed by Torino in 2002. Even the move back to my native US didn't stop me from making the commute… it was worth it. By 2005 we'd recorded another record, but of course that Cinerama release never saw the light of day, because it became the next Wedding Present album, Take Fountain. The resulting tour ended up being an epic one, starting in Belfast and ending in Zaragoza Spain. David liked to call it 'The Wedding Present B to Z Tour.' He had t-shirts made with all the tour dates, and to this day when I see one of those shirts I can't believe we actually played all of those gigs. But 'believe it and weep' (which happens to be one of David's favourite little catchphrases).

Eight years after my 'solemn vow' on the Chevin, David and I were driving a van full of gear up the M1. We had a lot of time to kill, so we got to talking about future projects. I told him that I had an idea to record an album of covers written by friends of mine, and being a man who likes an idea, he leapt all over it. He said that if I recorded it, he would put it out on Scopitones. David is never one to make idle plans, so we got it done. I wrangled almost everyone I knew to participate and was lucky enough that they all agreed. It turned into vast collaboration of friends and colleagues. The result was an album called A Casa Verde, released in 2009.

After 30 years David is still at it in full force (which is nothing other than expected) and TWP are going strong as ever. In 2010 I came to the end of my time with the band and it was one of the hardest decisions I've ever made. The one I'd made a decade earlier, to follow David Gedge around his world, was an easy one.

Fast-forward again to 2012 and you'll find me in Los Angeles. I've played a number gigs and also curate an ongoing series of concerts at the West Hollywood art gallery where I now work. I maintain a happy collaboration with David and the rest of the gang and I'm proud to consider myself a member of TWP family tree.

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