The Wedding Present released a new single on Come Play With Me Records on 2 August 2019.
The single – ‘Jump In, The Water’s Fine’ c/w ‘Panama’
Both tracks were recorded at the legendary Monnow Valley studios in Wales under the watchful eye of multi-Grammy award winning producer Andrew Scheps and engineer Matt Glasbey.
Opening with squalls of feedback, ‘Jump In, The Water’s Fine’ is an epic tale with trademark whirlwind Wedding Present guitar and a deceptively sweet melody.
B-side ‘Panama’, is a frenetic slice of indie-pop, where ferocious guitars and heavy drums collide with honest lyrics about love and friendship. Of the recording, David adds, “As well as including one of my favourite palindromes, ‘Panama’ references ‘Earthrise’, the iconic photograph of Earth taken by astronaut Bill Anders (during the Apollo 8 mission) on Christmas Eve, 1968. We decided to incorporate samples of the astronauts talking to Mission Control.”
Rather surprisingly, this is The Wedding Present’s first ever picture disc. Close friend of the band Darren Hayman (formerly of Hefner, The French, etc.) was commissioned to do the cover artwork but his paintings were so impressive that the band decided that the time was right to embrace what is a new format for them. “It’s only taken us thirty-something years to get around to it!” says David.