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The Wedding Present release their most ambitious work to date with Going, Going . . .

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Since their formation in 1985 up to and following a hiatus that stretched between 1997 and 2004, Leeds-based indie-rock outfit the Wedding Present have consistently turned over lineups, with front man David Gedge taking on the role as the band’s sole founding and constant member. After spending the majority of his career crafting urgent and earnest rock music, Gedge set out to make September’s Going, Going . . . (released on his label Scopitones) an immersive multimedia experience and the Wedding Present’s most ambitious record to date—and he succeeded. Ranging from experimental ambience to mellow guitar meandering to heady, angular noise rock, each of the record’s whopping 20 tracks—with the pensive, ten-minute “Santa Monica” providing the climax—is accompanied by a corresponding short film. Shot across North America by Gedge and photographer Jessica McMillan, the films, which not so surprisingly feature ambient landscape footage, are packaged with the record on DVD.   v

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