The Wedding Present - Seamonsters 30th Anniversary
The Wedding Present will be playing a series of concert dates throughout 2021 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their pivotal long-player, Seamonsters.
Following the release of Seamonsters – which was recorded in twelve days during 1991 – The Guardian newspaper noted that: “(Engineer, Steve) Albini has given The Wedding Present considerable weight, with Gedge’s voice trickling between banks of scowling guitars” and went on to feature it in its list of ‘1,000 albums to hear before you die’. Despite its uncompromising sound the album reached No. 13 in the British album charts and has been hailed as a classic.
“The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ era. You may dispute this but I’m right and you’re wrong!” - John Peel
Seamonsters reviewed by AllMusic:
After recording with Steve Albini on their remake of 1990’s ‘Brassneck’ single, The Wedding Present decamped to Minnesota to record a full album with the notoriously abrasive producer. It proved to be a perfect match of band and producer, and Seamonsters turned out to be the most emotionally powerful album the band could have hoped to make. Albini’s dramatically stripped-down sound and David Gedge’s utterly wrecked lyrics work to wring every last drop of desolate anger and angst from the songs. Simon Smith sounds like he’s battering his drums with concrete blocks instead of sticks, Keith Gregory’s wire-taut bass sounds like it’s stalking the guitars, and Gedge and Peter Solowka’s guitars explode into flaming balls of noise and sound when they aren’t lurking in the mix like barely restrained demons. The simplicity of the recording, the intense range of dynamics in each song, and the almost painful amount of passion the band injects into every note is breath-taking. Add in Gedge’s ripped-from-his-heart vocals and his intensely felt, quite bleak, lyrics and it gets close to emotional overload territory. The Wedding Present had always had a reputation for being dour and straitlaced, but there was usually still some humour in Gedge’s turns of phrase, a jaunty feel to their high-speed guitar strumathons, and an almost fun energy in their poppiest songs. There’s absolutely nothing about Seamonsters that isn’t the darkest, unhappiest thing one could imagine. Luckily, the gloom is tempered by how catchy the songs are – hooky tracks like ‘Dare’ and ‘Dalliance’ are hard to shake. It’s also made easier to swallow by the quieter songs like ‘Carolyn’ and the overall dynamic approach, which allow Gedge some space to croon. Indeed, this is the album where Gedge moves beyond being a solid vocalist to being a great one. Seamonsters is The Wedding Present’s masterpiece, a long look into the abyss that feels like a knife twisting deep into the heart, and sounds like a glimpse into the bare souls of the band. It’s not easy listening, but it is essential. [Tim Sendra]
RCA Records are planning to issue a thirtieth-anniversary re-release of Seamonsters in May, 2021.
>>This is a seated show only.
>>Groups should arrive to venue together. Seats are not assigned and will be seated on a first come first seated basis.
>>Proof of vaccine certs are required upon arrival
>>Customers will have to wear face coverings at all times when not seated
>>The lead booker must provide details for contact tracing should it be required.
>>Please do not attend these events if you have any symptoms of COVID19 .
>>Admission subject to Covid health guidelines for indoor performances at the time of concert.
>>There is a very limited number of tickets available for these events, capacity and seating set up will depend on public health guidance at the time of the concert.
>>All concerts are over 18.
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>>This show has been part funded by the Department of Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media through the Live Performance Support Scheme.