Around seven years ago indie giants The Wedding Present quietly went on hiatus. Singer/songwriter David Gedge formed a new band Cinerama with a markedly different style. It was a brave move and sadly one that drove away many of his fans. Over the subsequent years and albums the sound has altered in a steady progression back to the roaring guitar style that peppered The Wedding Present's records. Therefore it seemed to Gedge to make sense to revert his former band's name. Personnel had come and gone but The Weding Present always was about the lyrics, accented singing and driving guitars of Gedge himself.
So, they are back and if you've ignored Cinerama in between times, then this will sound like a more mature, powerful band than the one that left us hanging with the glorious Saturnalia album in 1996.
Interstate 5 is a slow burning 6 minute epic detailing from the narrator's point of view a brief love affair where the lady just wanted a one night stand and the guy was gagging for more than that. Sonically, it blisters with pounding rhythms and crackling guitars.
B-sides Bad Thing and Snapshots add to the package with the former being a joyous romp of a track with a jangly melody that will ring around your head for days. Snapshots is a more laidback and bitter-sweet song with dreamy female backing vocals and a gorgeous coda that wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Cinerama album.
So, they are back and - with a 41 date European tour and album, Take Fountain, both to come in the Spring of 2005 - it's unlikely there'll be going away anytime soon.