According to Brooklyn Vegan, British indie-rock band The Wedding Present, has released their new album Locked Down & Stripped Back on February 26 via Scopitones. The album features new renditions of some of the group’s classic songs including “Blonde,” “Granadaland” and “My Favourite Dress,” as well as a few new tracks. The new album follows the band’s 2016 LP Going, Going, as well as a 2008 North American tour.
Frontman David Gedge reveals how the album came about, explaining that following the inevitable cancellation of his annual festival in Brighton due to COVID-19, “I decided to replace it with an ‘online’ version, presented live from my own living room and featuring home-recorded videos from many of the artists that had appeared at the festival over the years. For The Wedding Present’s contribution, we picked twelve tracks to re-work in a ‘semi-acoustic’ style, and it was fascinating to see how stripped-back arrangements brought out different aspects of the songs. The Seamonsters track ‘Blonde’ was a prime example of this, with a ‘just-two-guitars’ approach resulting in a naïve and moving interpretation.”
Listen to “My Favourite Dress” from Locked Down & Stripped Back here:
“My Favourite Dress,” originally released in 1987 on the album George Best, takes on a more laid-back sound than its predecessor in this recent remake. The simplistic version of the poppy track slows everything down, and listeners get to hear a mellow and matured side of Gedge’s vocals.
Listen to “Granadaland” from Locked Down & Stripped Back here:
“Granadaland,” which first appeared on the band’s 1989 album Bizarro gets a softer, sweeter makeover in the new album. The instrumental of the angsty track is taken down a notch and smoothed out, which meshes well with Gedge’s seasoned voice. The new style gives the track a nostalgic tone, reminiscent of young love.
Locked Down & Stripped Back tracklist:
1. A Million Miles
2. Starry Eyed
3. You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends
4. You’re Just A Habit That I’m Trying To Break
5. Sports Car
8. We Should Be Together (feat. Louise Wener)
11. Dear Caught In The Headlights
12. My Favourite Dress