David Gedge says he doesn’t keep the Wedding Present going simply for the joy of making music.
“It’s more like an obsession, to be honest with you,” says Gedge, who founded the British rock group during 1985 in Leeds, England, and has shepherded it through eight albums, 14 band members and one hiatus, from 1997-2004. “I don’t do it for fun, I suppose. I find it quite hard, quite stressful.
“But at the same time, I’m driven to do it, and I’m kind of used to doing it as well. There’s loads of rewards — travel, obviously. And I do like the idea that I’ll be writing songs for a third of the year, then as soon as I’m getting a bit bored with that, we’ll be off to record, and as soon as you get a little bored of being the studio you’re off and on tour somewhere. So there’s variety that I like.”
This year finds Gedge and company engaged in both the present and the past. A new album, “Valentina,” came out this week. And while the Wedding Present is certainly promoting that on its current tour, it’s also playing one of its older albums, 1991’s “Seamonsters,” in its entirety just as it has 1987’s “George Best” and 1989’s “Bizarro” on other recent tours.
“I think (‘Seamonsters’) is a bit different from the other two,” Gedge, 51, explains. “I think with ‘George Best’ and ‘Bizarro’ it felt like we were just playing the songs off the LPs, whereas ‘Seamonsters’ has a bit of a different feel. It holds together as kind of a set in itself, really. It’s got a beginning and an end. There’s, like, a narrative running through the album.
“We played it once live this year in Spain, and we all came off stage and thought, ‘Yeah, that was a bit special.’ It’s hard to describe, really. It’s just more like an overall experience, I think, than the other two, which makes it very interesting to play like this.”
The Wedding Present, the Jet Age and Pinky Piglets perform Monday at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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