Three albums that have made me stop and take a good listen. All fabulous and worth your $. The Wedding Present are playing at the Northcote Social Club this Saturday April 14.
Quantic & Alice Russell - Look Around The Corner
Producer, musician, DJ and composer Quantic and singer/songwriter Alice Russell are two of the UK‘s best loved independent artists. Through their respective solo projects and various acclaimed collaborations over the last decade, they have become leading lights of the international funk, soul and alternative dance music scene.
2012 sees the release of ‘Look Around The Corner‘, the first ever full collaborative album from these two musical soulmates. The sound of this intoxicating record mixes sweet soul and blues with overtones of folk and gospel, and the inimitable swing of Quantic‘s world-renowned outfit the Combo Bárbaro, who form the core band
The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions - The Journey Is Long.
Jeffrey Lee Pierce‘s band the Gun Club, poured America‘s roots music forms into a post-punk blender, releasing a series of iconic albums in the ‘80s that influenced a generation of artists and songwriters including the Jack White, Jon Spencer (JSBX/ Boss Hog), and many Australians such as Nick Cave, Scientsts, Hoodoo Gurus, Beasts of Bourbon and The Drones.
On The Journey Is Long, many of these songs started as nascent ideas captured on a cassette unearthed by Pierce‘s latter day collaborator Cypress Grove while clearing out his loft.
Many of the artists appear on each others tracks, like a true collective. Warren Ellis appears on the Nick Cave tracks, but also plays with Lydia Lunch, who also sings with Tex Perkins and Barry Adamson, as well as doing her own track. Barry plays bass on Lydia‘s track and Nick Cave‘s ‘The Breaking Hands‘, and so on. Its is a concept comparable to Josh Homme‘s ‘Dessert Sessions‘ project.
The Wedding Present - Valentina
Propelled by founding member David Gedge‘s perpetual broken heart and incisively brazen lyrics, Valentina turns a fresh page on the band‘s noisy guitar pop tradition.
“The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Era.” - JOHN PEEL
The Wedding Present will be making their first ever visit to Australia this April - playing shows in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. As extra icing for fans, the band will be performing their classic album Seamonsters live, in its entirety. The Wedding Present recorded Seamonsters with Steve Albini in 1991.