Wednesday, January 7, 2009

- Give em a Listen: Wedlock

Wedlock-Reverend Charisma,Kounterfeit

Wedlock - Reverend Charisma (Kounterfeit Records) is available NOW on iTunes

The ‘Peoples Temple Agricultural Project’, more infamously known as Jonestown, was an intentional community in northwestern Guyana formed by the ‘Peoples Temple’, a cult from California, United States, led by Jim Jones. It was to become internationally notorious due to the events of November, 1978, when more than 900 people died in the commune as well as in a nearby airstrip and in Georgetown, Guyana's capital. All but two of those who died did so from apparent cyanide poisoning in an event Jones named 'revolutionary suicide'. It is the largest known mass suicide in modern history and resulted in the largest single loss of American civilian life in a non-natural disaster until the events of September 11th, 2001.

These events have inspired the notion that ‘religiosity leads to insanity’ which serves as the basic concept for the latest single from North Carolina band Wedlock. The electro pop outfit is made up of Paul Allgood, Baxter Smith, and Lee Whitsel. Their full length debut album, ‘Exogamy’, was released in spring 2008 on Kounterfeit Records and ‘Reverend Charisma’ is their latest digital single currently released to iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and other digital download sites. The track is also available for streaming on their myspace page, and direct downloads are available there as well.

Wedlock-P.Allgood,B Smith,L.Whitsel

Gigging regularly in their local neck of the woods, you can keep up with what the band are doing on their blog ( I like the new single, the third from the album, a lot and recommend you give it a listen. There’s a definite edge to the lyrics, as you’d expect given the subject matter, and the electronic beats remind me of jittery mid-era Depeche Mode, although I’m sure you’ll disagree.

Wedlock - Reverend Charisma (Kounterfeit Records) is available NOW on iTunes.


vanilla bean said...

Im a big fan of Wedlock, and the new single, Rev. Charisma is great.The beat is good to dance to. Lol honestly I didnt know who Jim Jones was until I heard this song. Keep up the good work, Wedlock.

entrailicus said...

I'M also getting into their stuff, although I fear it will be a long while before I get to see them play.

Anonymous said...

There are links to listen to the track on their website

Clive Stelmont-Fayetteville said...

I saw this on Google-so glad
to read that Somebody is getting into these sounds by this band!If you do get a chance to come to Chapel Hill;you guys should see them live.I haven't really heard of Jim Jones either; I'm only 22-had to check the Wiki on that one!

Pesky Todesco-Dunn,NC said...

You guys didn't know what he was singing about?Pfft,lol!
Anyway, they have some good stuff out! Their lead singer dude was wearing a cow outfit in Chapel hill,lol! Cracked.........

entrailicus said...

Thanks for the comments, only happy to give them some exposure.

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