Formed in 1985 in Leeds, UK, The Wedding Present have undergone many incarnations in their near 30 year career. Founder, frontman, and creative force David Gedge has been the group’s only consistent member, with several musicians coming and going over the years to suit whichever direction Gedge wanted to take the project. He stopped releasing albums as The Wedding Present, however, after 1996’s Saturnalia, lending his name to a number of different projects, including Cinerama, a band formed with then-girlfriend Sally Murrell. When Gedge and Murrell broke up in 2003, Gedge retained the band and re-adopted the name The Wedding Present for the 2005 album Take Fountain. El Rey followed in 2008, and a new album, Valentina, will hit shelves March 19.
Thursday is turning out to be a day of veteran musicians at Mellow Johnny’s — 90s indie rockers Imperial Teen kicked things off, and well-seasoned British rocker David Gedge and The Wedding Present took the stage next at 1:30 PM to keep the ball rolling. Despite their extended careers, both groups have new albums out, and neither showed any signs of slowing down on stage. Dressed in a black KEXP t-shirt, Gedge was bubbly and personable as he engaged the crowd in between performing songs that spanned the band’s career. Faced with all of the bicycle equipment and apparel adorning the walls of Mellow Johnny’s, Gedge mentioned that The Wedding Present bike shirts had just been produced, but that they failed to bring any with them. He seemed more amused at this than anything, half-heartedly directing prospective buyers to “www.blahblahblah.” And in case you thought he was joking about the shirts, here they are.
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