Red Wedding ‎– Anthology 1981-1985

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Synthetic Shadows ‎– SS014, Killed By Disco Records ‎– KBDCO 002
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Limited edition 400 copies

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Sonor_Music

March 14, 2014
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LOS ANGELES POST-PUNK. QUEERCORE. CONTROVERSIAL. UNPREDICTABLE. OVER-THE-TOP. PART PUNK. PART GLAM. PART GOTH. PART PSYCHEDELIC.
RED WEDDING WAS ALL OF THESE THINGS.

Although the 70’s were a time of discovery, the 80’s were a time of impact. The 80’s underground music scene in Los Angeles was a time of re-invention and experimentation. It was one mind expanding experience after another. There was so much music, performance art, theater, creativity in all forms that one could hardly keep up. It was downtown L.A. with Brave Dog, Al’s Bar, Anti Club, Atomic Café, Gorky’s, never ending loft parties and other venues. It was Chinatown and SilverLake and a little trashy biker / leather bar called the One Way which came to be home of the notorious Theoretical. And in the center of this underground scene, there were amazing bands including WildKingdom, Nervous Gender, Party Boys, Fat and Fucked Up, Christian Death, Age of Consent and Red Wedding.

Founded in 1981 by the power couple (both on and off stage) of Michael Ely and Spider Taylor, Red Wedding first debuted at the Brave Dog, a small hole-in-the-wall, but iconic club in downtown Los Angeles and they quickly became the house band. After the club was closed for serving alcohol without a license, Red Wedding moved on to playing the biggest clubs in L.A. and San Diego sharing the stage with bands and performers such as Killing Joke, Nina Hagan, Psi Com (an early incarnation of Jane’s Addition), X, Romeo Void, Bow Wow Wow, Specimen, Kommunity FK, The Bangs (an early incarnation of The Bangles), Suburban Lawns, Redd Kross and 45 Grave. Referring to Red Wedding’s performances, Craig Lee of L.A. Weekly wrote “The songs remind one of a trip to Disneyland – they turn and circle back into themselves through mood and key changes, with surprise characters popping in and out, finally reaching cathartic emotional and dramatic climaxes, Red Wedding’s music is completely their own invention.”

Michael Ely was the lyricist and singer (known for his dark, but witty prose and dramatic stage presence) and Spider Taylor was the guitarist (known for his sonic, yet sensual guitar playing). Other members over the years included Marc O (keyboards), John Tagliavia (bass guitar), Brian Ford (drums), Brian Engel (drums) and Warren Mansfield (bass guitar).

In 1982, Red Wedding performed at the first Theoretical party (a series of gay-friendly parties featuring L.A. bands, parties that continued for the next decade). Also in 1982, Red Wedding released their first EP titled “Up and Down the Aisle,” Produced by Thom Wilson (who also produced the first Christian Death album that same year), the EP received many accolades for thinking outside the box. Billboard magazine wrote “Southern California now plays host to an entire bevy of postpunk bands which rival anything that’s coming out of England at the moment. Red Wedding is one of the best of the bunch.”

In 1984, Red Wedding released a second EP produced by Leslie St. James titled “Nails” again to much praise. In Touch Magazine described the album as “Sort of psychedelic, sort of dancey, sort of mystical, sort of bat cavish” and added “Send this record to David Bowie immediately and let’s hope we don’t have to wait for two years to get the next one.”
In 1985, the band recorded a third EP produced by Ed Grundman and Rick Hart which was never released. After nearly five years of intense creativity and burning the candle on both ends, Red Wedding came to an end.

Today Michael and Spider live in Tucson, Arizona composing soundscapes for documentaries and film (having released four CDs). As of December 2013, they will have been an openly gay couple for 42 years.

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