The Wedding Present (pictured above) will be coming to the Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, next month, as part of their UK tour to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their pivotal long-player “Seamonsters”.
They have had 18 Top 40 singles and seven Top 40 albums … not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stubbornly refused to play the record industry’s game.
Formed in the mid-80s, their music was influenced by The Fall, The Birthday Party and Gang of Four.
With their early releases, the band acquired a reputation for bittersweet, breathtakingly honest love songs immersed in whirlwind guitars, and the band were spotted by legendary BBC radio DJ John Peel, who immediately started championing them.
Their first album, 1987’s “George Best”, featured fast-paced rhythm guitar attacks and in 1992 they released one single per month, each of which entered the charts, thereby equalled Elvis Presley’s 35-year-old record for most hits in one year.
One of the most influential indie bands of the past 30 years, The Wedding Present have never lost that sense of DIY innovation and are repeating 1992’s venture by releasing a new 7in single every month throughout 2022.
They played the Apex on Thursday, August 18, at 8pm.
See www.theapex.co.uk or ring 01284 758000 for more information or to book tickets.