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The Way We Are (2009)


Eerie post-industrial drone rock on second album from instrumental New York-based power trio, the Present


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Interviews

Interview Wedding Present - Interview

Wedding Present frontman David Gedge speaks to Andrew Twambley about ‘Locked Down and Stripped Back’, his band’s new album of home recordings and reworked material from its back catalogue.


I Like Trains
Interview I Like Trains - Interview

John Clarkson talks to David Martin, the vocalist and guitarist with brooding Leeds band I Like Trains, about 'Kompromat', their first album in eight years, which examines the present political situation and the manipulation of reality by politicians.


Bruce Sudano
Interview Bruce Sudano - Interview

Veteran songwriter and activist Bruce Sudano, who has toured with Colin Blunstone, talks candidly to Adam Coxon about the present political landscape, his craft, new EP and future recordings.


Tom Robinson
Interview Tom Robinson - Interview

Singer-songwriter and punk veteran Tom Robinson speaks to John Clarkson about his forthcoming 70th birthday and his past and present career.


Doctors Of Madness
Interview Doctors Of Madness - Interview

Richard Strange, the frontman with influential cult band Doctors of Madness, talks about 'Dark Times', the group's first album in over four decades, which was inspired by the present political situation and world crisis.


Brad Elvis
Interview Brad Elvis - Interview

Former Elvis Brothers member and present member of both the Romantics and the Handcuffs Brad Elvis speaks to Lisa Torem about songwriting and his long musical career


Joan Armatrading
Interview Joan Armatrading - Interview

In the wake of her appearance at Oxfordshire's Towersey Festival, Nick Dent-Robinson speaks to Joan Armatrading about her decision to make her present major tour - which she is doing on her own - the last of its kind.


Clientele
Interview Clientele - Interview

Tommy Gunnarsson speaks to Alasdair MacLean, the front man with cult indie pop band the Clientele, about their new compilation,out a compilation called 'Alone and Unreal: The Best of the Clientele', and their past, present and future


Sara Lowes
Interview Sara Lowes - Interview

Manchester singer-songwriter Sara Lowes' new album 'Joy of Waiting' is one of the many projects filling her hectic schedule at present. Owen Peters chats with Sara to find out her plans, hopes and direction throughout the summer


White Hills
Interview White Hills - Interview

Paul Waller speaks to Dave W., the guitarist with acclaimed psychedelic rock outfit White Hills, about his early musical beginnings and influences, and their present European tour


Booker T.
Interview Booker T and The Mg's - Interview

Lisa Torem speaks to legendary organist, arranger and producer Booker T. Jones about his Memphis/Stax Label influences, his creative collaborations with contemporary artists and how 'Sound the Alarm', his tenth and latest studio album, reaches firmly into the past, yet celebrates the present


Godfathers
Interview Part 1 Godfathers - Interview Part 1

In the first part of an extensive two part interview John Clarkson speaks to all four members of new wave/rock and roll group the Godfathers about their present line-up...


John Foxx
Interview

Dave Goodwin chats to ex-Ultravox! front man John Foxx about his career, recent tour in support of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and his present band, John Foxx and the Maths


Wedding Present
Interview with David Gedge Wedding Present - Interview with David Gedge

Cila Warncke chats to David Gedge from indie rockers the Wedding Present about his decision to move permanently to America and band's new album, 'Valentina'


Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Interview Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Interview

New York-based indie fuzzy pop group the Pains of Being Pure at Heart recently released their self-titled debut album on Fortuna Pop and toured Britain for the second time. Rachel Williams meets with them in London to chat about touring with the Wedding Present and the influences on their music


Nik Kershaw
Interview Nik Kershaw - Interview

Tommy Gunnarsson speaks to massive 80's star and Live Aid musician Nik Kershaw about his past, present and future and latest album, 'You've Got to Laugh@


Indietracks Festival
Interview with Stuart Mackay Miscellaneous - Interview with Stuart Mackay

The Indietracks Festival takes place in a heritage train museum in Derbyshire, and this year will feature over fifty indie pop acts including the Wedding Present, Milky Wimpshake, ballboy, and Darren Hayman. Jamie Rowland speaks to organiser and founder Stuart Mackay about his festival


John Kruth
A Friend of the Devil: The Glorification of the Outlaw in Song, from Robin Hood to Rap Miscellaneous - A Friend of the Devil: The Glorification of the Outlaw in Song, from Robin Hood to Rap

Kimberly Bright finds that musician John Kruth has an interesting historical take on the recurring theme of the outlaw in popular music from the Middle Ages to the present day.


Fairport Convention
Profile Fairport Convention - Profile

Nick Dent-Robinson profiles Fairport's Cropredy Convention, the annual three day festival staged by folk rock legends Fairport Convention, which this year celebrates the band's golden anniversary with an on-stage reunion of both past and present members


Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Bleddyn Butcher: A Little History – Nick Cave and Cohorts, 1981 – 2013 Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Bleddyn Butcher: A Little History – Nick Cave and Cohorts, 1981 – 2013

Melanie Smith is impressed by Bleddyn Butcher's new book of photography which documents Nick Cave's career from the early 1980s to the present time


Wedding Present
Profile Wedding Present - Profile

Mark Rowland reflects on the first decade of the Wedding Present's career, who are about to have their first six albums, from 1987's 'George Best' to 1996's 'Saturnalia', reissued in deluxe three CD and DVD boxsets


Pennyblackmusic Film
Such is Rock and Roll Miscellaneous - Such is Rock and Roll

We present our new documentary film, 'Such is Rock and Roll', which was filmed at our recent Pennyblackmusic Bands Night at the Half Moon in Herne Hill in London


Live

Great British Venue and Beyond
2 Miscellaneous - 2

In the second part of our series, in which our writers and photographers reminisce upon great venues, past and present, Nicky Crewe, John Clarkson and Cila Warncke remember The Hacienda in Manchester, the 1980's Loughborough University Students' Union and the 1990's London Camden Palace.


Great British Venue and Beyond
1 Miscellaneous - 1

In the first part of this four part series, our writers and photographers will be reflecting upon and providing memories of great venues, past and present. Nicky Crewe, Andrew Twambley and Adrian Janes remember 60's club The Magic Village and 70's venues, Eric's in Liverpool and the London Rainbow.


Wedding Present
Lowry, Salford, 11//9/2016 Wedding Present - Lowry, Salford, 11//9/2016

Dixie Ernill watches the Wedding Present play a rare all-seater gig at the Lowry Theatre in Salford in which they performed all of their new album 'Going, Going...' in its entirety accompanied by a backdrop of specially made films


Wedding Present
King George's Hall, Blackburn, 8/11/2014 Wedding Present - King George's Hall, Blackburn, 8/11/2014

Dixie Ernill finds the Wedding Present surprisingly off form at a show At the King George's Hall in Blackburn on their latest UK tour in which every night they played their fourth album, ‘Watusi’, in its entirety


John Mayall
Opera House, Buxton, 30/10/2014 John Mayall - Opera House, Buxton, 30/10/2014

Nicky Crewe find nearly eighty-one year old blues legend John Mayall performing very much in the present at a memorable gig at the Opera House in Buxton


Wedding Present
O2 Academy, Leicester, 30/10/2013 Wedding Present - O2 Academy, Leicester, 30/10/2013

Anthony Strutt finds the Wedding Present on strong form at a show in Leicester in which they played in their entirety all twelve singles that they released across 1992 and which eventually made up their 'Hit Parade' compilations


At the Edge of the Peaks
Picturehouse, Holmfirth, 26/8/2012 Wedding Present - Picturehouse, Holmfirth, 26/8/2012

Dixie Ernill finds the Wedding Present's one day festival At the Edge of the Peaks in Holmfirth to be excellent, which also saw sets from reformed 80's indie rockers Cud, David Ford and David Gedge's other group Cinerama


At the Edge of the Peaks
Picturehouse, Holmfirth, 29/8/2011 Wedding Present - Picturehouse, Holmfirth, 29/8/2011

Despite slight sound problems, Dixie Ernill enjoys the Wedding Present's mini festival At the Edge of the Peaks at the Picturedome in Holmfirth which also includes sets from Darren Hayman and Cinerama, frontman David Gedge's other project


Wedding Present/Cinerema
Picture Dome, Holmfirth, 26/8/2010 Wedding Present - Picture Dome, Holmfirth, 26/8/2010

Supported by their own side project Cinerama, Dixie Ernill watches the Wedding Present play a passionate set at a show to celebrate the 21st anniversary of their 'Bizarro' album at the Picture Dome in Holmfirth


Wedding Present
Double Door, Chicago, 16/4/2010 Wedding Present - Double Door, Chicago, 16/4/2010

At the Double Door in Chicago, Lisa Torem watches the Wedding Present on an American tour to celebrate their 1989 'Bizarro' album and in which it was performed in full each night play and exuberant, powerful show in front of an excitable and fanatical audience


Isa and the Filthy Tongues
Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 6/2/2010 Isa and the Filthy Tongues - Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, 6/2/2010

At the launch gig for their second album 'Dark Passenger', John Clarkson watches Isa and the Filthy Tongues play an enthralling set of alt.rock, but finds them relying too much on thjeir past rather than present catalogue


Franz Ferdinand
Hammersmith Apollo, London, 9/3/2009 Franz Ferdinand - Hammersmith Apollo, London, 9/3/2009

At the Hammersmith Apollo in London, Rachel Williams watches Franz Ferdinand play a storming set of past and present glories


Indietracks Festival
Midland Railway, Butterley, Derbyshire, 267/2008...27/8/2008 Miscellaneous - Midland Railway, Butterley, Derbyshire, 267/2008...27/8/2008

At the second ever Indietracks Festival, which takes place in a railway heritage site in Derbyshire, Jamie Rowland enjoys sets from indie pop/rock acts such as Herfner's Darren Hayman, the Bobby McGee's, the Wedding Present and ballboy


Wedding Present
Tower Lounge,Blackpool, 27/7/2008 Wedding Present - Tower Lounge,Blackpool, 27/7/2008

In a rare appearance in Blackpool at its Tower Lounge venue, Dixie Ernill watches David Gedge's durable the Wedding Present play an energetic, excellent set


Wedding Present
Picturedrome, Holmfirth, 31/3/2007 Wedding Present - Picturedrome, Holmfirth, 31/3/2007

In the unusual venue of the Holmfirth Picturedrome, Helen Tipping enjoys an impressive mixture of old and new songs from the reformed Wedding Present


Wedding Present
Fibbers, York, 9/7/2006 Wedding Present - Fibbers, York, 9/7/2006

On the first of their last batch of gigs for the foreseeable future, Dixie Ernill watches David Gedge's reformed Wedding Present play a manic and powerful set to an ecsatstic audience at Fibbers in York


UB40
Present Arms Ub40 - Present Arms

In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Tony Gaughan examines Bimingham band UB40's 1981 bestselling second album 'Present Arms', which is about to be re-released in a three CD edition


Ozzy Osbourne
Martin Popoff -Steal Away the Night; An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day Ozzy Osbourne - Martin Popoff -Steal Away the Night; An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day

Lisa Torem examines a new book on Ozzy Osbourne, which is a day-by-day guide to his career from his early years with Black Sabbath until the present day


Rock 101
Buying Records Miscellaneous - Buying Records

In Rock 101 Mark Rowland reflects upon the joys even in present times of buying records


Evidently Spencertown
Poets

In his 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry column, Spencer Robertshaw looks at the influence of poets past and present on society


Evidently Spencertown
Tick Tick Tick Miscellaneous - Tick Tick Tick

Spencer Robertshaw reflects in his 'Evidently Spencertown' series on time both past and present in 'Tick, Tick, Tick'


Condemned to Rock 'n' Roll
December 2007 Miscellaneous - December 2007

In his 'Condemned to Rock 'n' Roll' column, Ben Howarth looks at records, both past and present, which didn't quite make the cut of his Albums of the Year poll


Pitfalls of Putting on a Pop Band
Feature Miscellaneous - Feature

Dixie Ernill recently brought his favourite group the Experimental Pop Band up from Bristol to play his local cricket club which is based in a small village just outside Manchester. He writes about his past and present experiences of putting on gigs


Confessions of a Vinyl Junkie
December 2004/January 2005 Miscellaneous - December 2004/January 2005

In the latest in his 'Confessions of a Vinyl Junkie' series, obsessive record collector Dixie Ernill writes about his latest musical finds, including records by the Kitchens of Distinction, Gene and the Wedding Present


Hardcore Punk Story
Part 3-The Changing Face of Punk Rock : 1994- Miscellaneous - Part 3-The Changing Face of Punk Rock : 1994-

In the third and final part of his series on American hardcore punk, Mark Rowland examines the years between 1994 and the present day







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