On Friday 6 October 2017, Hatch Records released the second in their series of compilations of BBC radio sessions by The Wedding Present.

‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 2’ consists of three studio sessions from 2012, 2013 & 2014 and follows, rather unsurprisingly, ‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 1’ which consisted of three sessions from 2007, 2008 & 2010.

Few bands are so ingrained into the notion of the BBC session as The Wedding Present. Long time favourites of John Peel, David Gedge and his band appeared regularly on that legendary presenter’s Radio 1 show and have continued their association with the BBC by performing many sessions for Marc Riley on 6 Music.

Due to the popularity of these recordings, The Wedding Present, in conjunction with Hatch Records and the BBC, are releasing a series of compilations featuring every track performed for Marc’s show.

‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 2’ includes songs taken from eight of the band’s albums, including ‘Seamonsters’, the record-breaking ‘Hit Parade’ series and band’s most recent LP, the critically acclaimed ‘Going, Going...’

From the propulsive recklessness of ‘Back A Bit... Stop’ to the harsh edges and sudden tempo changes of ‘Heather’, The Wedding Present’s bass-driven, muscular riffs are a constant theme throughout. Gedge’s bittersweet lyrics and honest take on love are highlighted in such tracks as ‘The Girl From The DDR’ and ‘Little Silver’. Other memorable moments include a frenzied cover of The Monkees' ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’ and a rocking performance of ‘Flying Saucer’ along with a rousing ‘It’s A Gas’ and a heartfelt ‘Spangle’ - complete with an apologetic Gedge clearing his throat mid-verse!

The award-winning Marc Riley Show is one of the most popular programmes on BBC Radio 6 Music, championing the cutting edge sounds of today alongside iconic recordings from the past 40 years. An avid Wedding Present fan himself, Marc has formed a close bond with David and his band over the years. “The release of the Wedding Present sessions recorded for our 6 Music programme is something of an honour. In the great tradition of the Peel releases on the Strange Fruit label, this record proves that, even without John, the BBC can still be a place where great bands can continue to grow and be creative amongst friends.”

Hatch Records is an independent label that was formed in Leeds in 2013.

‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 2’ Track listing:

Back A Bit… Stop! / Heather / You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends / The Girl From The DDR / Flying Saucer / Two Bridges / Pleasant Valley Sunday / Montreal / It’s A Gas / Spangle / Birdsnest / Little Silver

You can purchase ‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 2’ by clicking here.

‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 1’ Track listing:

Don’t Take Me Home Until I'm Drunk / Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft / Something And Nothing / Palisades / The Thing I Like Best About Him Is His Girlfriend / Gone / You Jane / Mystery Date / Brassneck / The Theme From Cheers / Heather

Reviews of ‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 1’

“The Wedding Present are tailor-made for the no-thrills demands of the venerable radio session; the urgency of live performance brings out the best in their scratchy angst.” - Uncut

“These are terrific tunes that show the strength of David Gedge’s writing, almost always planted in his regular territory; plaintive and heartfelt, ruminating on doomed relationships and unfulfilled yearnings.” - Record Collector

“Great compilation of the radio sessions of Leeds’ finest.” - Louder Than War

‘Album of the Day’ - BBC Radio 6 Music

You can purchase ‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 1’ by clicking here.

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