Indie legends, The Wedding Present, are set to release a new, four-track, EP entitled ‘Home Internationals’ on the Spanish record label El Segell del Primavera, for this year’s Record Store Day. Always coming out with something unexpected, the EP sees The Wedding Present developing the work they started with the intriguing instrumental tracks on last year’s critically acclaimed album,Going, Going…
The EP’s title is inspired by the ‘Home Internationals’ - an annual football competition between the United Kingdom's four national teams: England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland (the last of whom competed as Ireland for most of the competition's history). Starting in 1883, it is the oldest international football tournament in the world. The competition ended in 1983.
This year, The Wedding Present will be playing at various festivals, including the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival, and touring in North America, Australasia and Asia. 2017 also sees the 30th anniversary of the release of the band’s first album, George Best, and The Wedding Present will be performing the album live at selected dates as well as releasing a new version of the album re-recorded by Steve Albini.
‘Home Internationals’ plays out like the sound track to a yet unmade film. To begin, we are transported to a pub in Glasgow on the track ‘Scotland’. Close your eyes and you can imagine the barman pouring that irresistible first pint of the night as the cheerful banter gets going. Then we travel to ‘Northern Ireland’ for a poppy, joyful tribute to Belfast-born wing wizard, George Best.
The next voice you hear belongs to poet and playwright Simon Armitage representing ‘England’ with his topical work ‘The English’ over a moody string-inspired opening, which ends in typical Wedding Present fashion; a sea of raging guitars and glorious feedback. The big finish is in ‘Wales’ (taken from Going, Going…) for a Welsh love poem with its huge, building, pulsating outro.
El Segell del Primavera is a record label associated with Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival. The Wedding Present will perform at the label’s party in Barcelona on 31 May 2017.
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