FIRST EVER WEDDING PRESENT PICTURE DISC RELEASED
The Wedding Present released a new single on Come Play With Me Records on 2 August 2019.
The single - 'Jump In, The Water's Fine' c/w 'Panama' - came in the form of a 7" and a limited edition 10" picture disc featuring specially commissioned artwork from Darren Hayman. There was also a clear vinyl 7" released by the Formosa Punk record label of Japan.
Co-written by David Gedge and Wedding Present guitarist Danielle Wadey, both tracks were recorded at the legendary Monnow Valley studios in Wales under the watchful eye of multi-Grammy award winning producer Andrew Scheps and engineer Matt Glasbey.
Opening with squalls of feedback, ‘Jump In, The Water's Fine’ is an epic tale with trademark whirlwind Wedding Present guitar and a deceptively sweet melody. “Danielle came up with the solo bass part after I said I wanted to do a song that was ‘bass-driven’ and it just got fatter and heavier! We also now have three vocalists in the band so we used the opportunity to experiment with some a cappella singing,” says David.
B-side ‘Panama’, is a frenetic slice of indie-pop, where ferocious guitars and heavy drums collide with honest lyrics about love and friendship. Of the recording, David adds, “As well as including one of my favourite palindromes, ‘Panama’ references ‘Earthrise’, the iconic photograph of Earth taken by astronaut Bill Anders (during the Apollo 8 mission) on Christmas Eve, 1968. We decided to incorporate samples of the astronauts talking to Mission Control.”
Rather surprisingly, this is The Wedding Present’s first ever picture disc. Close friend of the band Darren Hayman (formerly of Hefner, The French, etc.) was commissioned to do the cover artwork but his paintings were so impressive that the band decided that the time was right to embrace what is a new format for them. “It’s only taken us thirty-something years to get around to it!” says David.
Come Play With Me Records also produced a limited edition run of 75 beautiful 12’’x12” Gicleé art prints [individually numbered] featuring the sleeve design signed by David and Darren. Finally, the Formosa Punk version of the single also features David introducing the recording in Japanese!
You can purchase this single from the label's web site by clicking here.