The Wedding Present will release their ninth album, titled Going, Going... on September 2 through the band's own Scopitones label. It marks a bit of a departure for the long-running group, as frontman David Gedge explains:

I’d already decided by then that I didn’t want to make the next release just ‘another album’ and so I came up with the idea of twenty ‘interconnected’ pieces of music. Then, in the summer of 2014 I travelled across the USA with photographer Jessica McMillan and we made some atmospheric short films to accompany the tracks. Since then it’s been a case of progressing through the music, trying all sorts of ideas, seeing how they work set against the visuals.

The album opens with four orchestral instrumentals, definitely a first for TWP, like the piano-forward "Sprague" which you can listen to below. You can also check out a more typically guitar-oriented track, "Bear," below as well.

You can pre-order Going, Going... which comes with a DVD of all the accompanying films. The band are also doing a short UK "Going, Going" audio-visual tour where they'll play their forthcoming album in its entirety in front of films. They're got a regular tour scheduled as well, though no North American dates as of yet. All are listed below.


The Wedding Present - Going Going tracklist:

1. Kittery
2. Greenland
3. Marblehead
4. Sprague
5. Two Bridges
6. Little Silver
7. Bear
8. Secretary
9. Birdsnest
10. Kill Devil Hills
11. Bells
12. Fifty-Six
13. Fordland
14. Emporia
15. Broken Bow
16. Lead
17. Ten Sleep
18. Wales
19. Rachel
20. Santa Monica


THE ‘GOING, GOING...’ AUDIO-VISUAL TOUR

07/09 : Cardiff - TramShed
09/09 : Gateshead - Sage
10/09 : Glasgow - School Of Art
11/09 : Salford - Lowry
12/09 : Stowmarket - John Peel Centre

THE WEDDING PRESENT - 2016 UK TOUR DATES

20/11 : Colchester, UK - Arts Centre
21/11 : Chatham, UK - Britannia Theatre
22/11 : Portsmouth, UK - Wedgwood Rooms
23/11 : Exeter, UK - Cavern Club
24/11 : Bristol, UK - Fleece
26/11 : Belfast, UK - Limelight
30/11 : Aberdeen, UK - Tunnels
01/12 : Edinburgh, UK - La Belle Angele
02/12 : Sunderland, UK - The Point
03/12 : Kendal, UK - Brewery Arts Centre
04/12 : Holmfirth, UK - Picturedrome
06/12 : Liverpool, UK - Arts Club
07/12 : Derby, UK - The Venue
08/12 : Oxford, UK - O2 Academy
09/12 : Lowestoft, UK - Aquarium
10/12 : London, UK – O2 Academy Islington