The Wedding Present offering up the gift of a new album

    Legendary British band the Wedding Present is set to return with a new album entitled El Rey. It’s scheduled for a May 20 release via Manifesto. The album is influenced heavily by frontman David Gedge’s recent residence in Los Angeles. "While I’m not going to claim that this is my ‘L.A.’ album," Gedge says, "there are some references. I suppose the themes are lust, jealousy, betrayal, regret, obsession, super-heroes…the usual." Despite the album’s title, El Rey wasn’t recorded at the L.A. concert venue of the same name. Instead, the band crafted the album in Chicago with Steve Albini. This was the first time Albini has worked with the Wedding Present since the band’s 1991 album Seamonsters. El Rey is the follow-up to the Wedding Present’s 2005 comeback album, Take Fountain. The band is expected to tour North America later this year.