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The Wedding Present

Jump In, The Water’s Fine

    Set to be a collector’s item, the single is available on 7” and limited edition 10” picture disc – the band’s first! – including specially commissioned artwork by Darren Hayman (Hefner). Co-written by David Gedge and new guitarist Danielle Wadey – she was previously the band’s bass player – 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, too,” 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 to the band Darren Hayman (Hefner, The French, etc.) was commissioned to do the 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. From their C86 roots in the mid-80s, John Peel favourites The Wedding Present have gone on to become one of the UK’s most loved bands, charting no less than 18 Top 40 hit singles. Emerging from Leeds with the classic debut album ‘George Best’ in 1987, The Wedding Present built a reputation for blending bittersweet love stories with everyday mundanity, set against a backdrop of heavy distortion and exquisite indie-pop.

    In 2016, The Wedding Present released their ninth studio album, ‘Going, Going...’, which featured references to Gedge's previous work, including self-referential lyrical moments and has been described as his masterpiece. Loosely based on a road trip across the U.S.A., the double LP was described by Louder Than War as “A remarkable album. A joy from start to finish." The same year, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their debut album, ‘George Best’, The Wedding Present released ‘George Best 30’. This album featured brand new versions of the original twelve songs recorded by Steve Albini and mixed by Andrew Scheps. 2017 also saw the publication (by Red Planet) of ‘Sometimes These Words Just Don't Have To Be Said’ – a 450 page 'fanthology' of the band.

    In 2018, KneejerkFilm released ‘Something Left Behind’ – a feature length documentary telling the story of the ‘George Best’ album. The film, which featured interviews with all four original band members and was produced and directed by Andrew Jezard, has appeared at several film festivals.


    The Golden Age Of TV / Engine

    Television / And I Say

      Having only formed a little over year ago, Leeds quintet The Golden Age of TV have already made a huge impression with their razor sharp, whip smart and perfectly crafted indie pop. With only three singles to their name so far, they have quickly been turning heads and already gaining support from Radio 1 with Huw Stephens playing every song so far, 6 Music, Radio X, The 405, DIY and Clash as well as performances at Reading & Leeds and with bands like Fickle Friends, Toothless & Alex Cameron.

      Talking about their new single, the bands singer Bea Fletcher explains: "Television is a tune that's been with us for a very long time. It's our thrashy baby and it's developed alongside us as we've matured, whether that's been by expanding our sonic arsenal with new bits of gear or just honing our writing ability. This has always been one of our favourite tunes to play live because its our chance to just cut loose and go mad. We've closed just about every set we've played with Television and now we feel it's finally at a point to be presented on record."

      Joining The Golden Age of TV will be electropop quartet ENGINE. Surfing in from the outer rim of Burley and noisily settling on the Meanwood Nebula, ENGINE continue to blaze an individual DIY trail in Leeds. The group combines sampled psychedelics with introverted song-writing of a bygone era. With their recent debut album Cucumber Water now and an ever growing live reputation including support slots with Connan Mockasin, Infinite Bisous and C Duncan under their belts, ENGINE have moved forward with the driving, infectious, electronic groove ridden new flawless pop song ‘And I Say’.

      The bands singer James, explains: 'And I Say was conceived, written and recorded in the psychedelic surroundings of Haddon Hall in Burley, Leeds, looking out from the terrace across the great haze of Armley. The boys were inspired to write a track telling of the stresses and strains of maintaining independence, attempting to traverse the tightrope of life whilst not falling back into the same old unwanted relationships. The sounds were to be found in the dustiest cavities of the once opulent surroundings of Haddon Hall, down the sofa, under the bed and in the shower!'

      Both bands will be heading to London alongside CPWM alumni Team Picture on the 27th of July for a show at the Camden Assembly as Come Play With Me host a show with War Child UK as part of a series of shows run in conjunction with exciting new labels in the UK.

      After the success of ‘Come Play’ a collection of 26 tracks, re-workings and remixes from some of West Yorkshires best artists which featured Wild Beasts, Napoleon IIIrd and The Wedding Present at the end of 2017, and singles from the likes of Harkin (Sleater Kinney, Wild Beasts), ZoZo, Magic Mountain (Members of Pulled Apart By Horses, Grammatics & Menace Beach), Fizzy Blood, Team Picture and Her Name is Calla among many others, CPWM will release 6 split 7”s as well as a number of full length releases throughout 2018.

      Various Artists

      Come Play

        "Our first showcase album featuring the best of the artists CPWM works with.

        First time collaborators and long-time friends; American inventor and songwriter Thomas Truax and James Konopinski of Leeds Art-Rock quartet Post War Glamour Girls are proud to debut the first fruits of their very occasional labour.

        They have shared ‘The Best Things’, their debut collaboration which will be released by the Leeds based CPWM Singles Club as a part of ‘Come Play’, the first full length compilation to come from the label and social enterprise project.

        Written over the course of a year, whenever Thomas was on tour in the north with a night off, he would stop by James' house and they'd spend the night chipping away at it. The next morning James would go to work. Thomas would go to the woods. They'd meet in the evening and listen back to what they'd captured prior in the twilight zone. Eventually something clicked. 'The Best Things' is Roy Orbison by way of The Cramps but the cherry on top is Truax's unique way with words, painting a love story, rich with visual metaphors, humour and sorrow.

        Talking about the collaboration, Truax explains: “I think we actually started talking about doing something together right at that first night back in 2011, it just took a while for us to finally get to it, and I had to physically plant myself in that room and refuse to leave until we got something down. James is right about me being stubborn and a perfectionist but I don't really know what I'm doing either...”

        ‘The Best Things’ will be available from the 27th October with the full 26 track compilation available on the 1st December.

        The release of this single also coincides with the release of the full 26-track listing for ‘Come Play’. Joining previously announced Leeds post-punks ZoZo and Truax & Konopinski are up and coming West Yorkshire acts Fizzy Blood, Magic Mountain, Deadwall & Crake as well as some very special tracks including a Wild Beasts remix of Napoleon IIIrd and a track from Leeds legends The Wedding Present re-recorded during sessions for their last album in 2015."

        Maggie8 / Ceiling Demons

        Split 7"

          Described by Clash as 'fast becoming an imprint to watch’ Leeds label Come Play With Me’s latest single featuring tracks by Maggie8 and Ceiling Demons looks set to continue the precedent it has set of highlighting the awesome diversity of great music coming out of the area following the likes of Cinerama (The Wedding Present), Harkin (Sleater Kinney, Sky Larkin), Fizzy Blood, OFFICERS, ZoZo & Esper Scout.

          Ceiling Demons are an alternative hip hop group from Yorkshire, they explain their goal simply as ‘Seeking to capture the rawness of human emotion in rhythms and rhymes.’ Currently one album and an EP deep into their career, the band have earned praise from legendary Hip Hop group ‘Arrested Development’, BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, Scroobius Pip and BBC Introducing as well as shows supporting the likes of Astronautalis, Sleaford Mods & De La Soul. Comprised of identical twin brothers Psy Ceiling and Dan Demon, the always masked Ceiling Demons are dark, experimental and raw, this is perfectly summed up in their contribution to CPWM, ‘Lost The Way’

          Discussing the song, the band explain: “There are a few themes in Lost the Way, nature is one. We live in the Yorkshire Dales so naturally the landscape influences our music. Feelings of loneliness and directionless sometimes come from it, other times it's a kind of respect for the vastness and beauty of those rolling hills. As ever, though, it's a song to be interpreted however you like. It's one of our more positive songs; a little bit of light against the darkness that usually permeates our music, but it's nice to have a track that calls for a bit of solidarity and progression.”

          Joining Ceiling Demons on the 7” split is Leeds’ Maggie8, comprised of Nivedita Pisharoty, Mark Wright, Peter Mottram & Matt Flint, Maggie8 play a unique brand of Indie-pop mixed with Hindi Raags and elements of Bollywood music and samples. ‘Connected’ rose from the ashes of a previous Maggie8 Lineup as explained by the band:

          “The song featured on this 7 inch was written after the break up of another Maggie8 lineup. It can be a sad time but also it's a natural part of being in a band. You make connections that last forever but not always in the same vicinity. It's the burning of the heather to promote fresh shoots.

          The slim-line line up was looping a riff when Niv suddenly appeared at the bottom of the stairs singing the very vocal line you hear today on this record. The song is a break up piece but it's not without hope and love when "deconstruction of the existing" creates a fresh chapter.”


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