Concert Review: The Wedding Present, Double Door, March 12
As David Gedge wrapped up the Wedding Present's set last night at the
Double Door, he commented that it was past their bedtimes and probably
the same for some of the audience, too. Amen. I was conflicted all
evening, wanting them to play forever but also needing to get home and
to sleep. And praying that I wouldn't go into labor in the middle of
the concert because I'm incredibly pregnant, was enjoying the show so
much and it would be a logistical nightmare to get home.
This wasn't only joke about the age of the band. He introduced, "Go Out
And Get 'Em Boy!" their first single from 1985, by noting that the song
was older than their current drummer. Judging by the drummer's (Charlie
Layton?) youthful appearance, Gedge may not have been facetious. The
set list drew songs from throughout the band's history, including a few
Cinerama numbers since Gedge pointed out that the line-up for the two
bands is now the same. While it was a blast to hear "Brassneck" and
"Click Click," the latter enabled by female bass player's Terry de
Castro providing backing vocals, it was an unexpected disappointment
for them to exclude "Interstate 5," the haunting lead single off their
latest album, Take Fountain.
All in all, the band were in fine form, starting with opening number
"Corduroy," since Gedge dove in trying to saw his guitar in half with
just his bare hands and a guitar pick. No wonder I still love this band.