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The Home Internationals EP
The Wedding Present release a four track instrumental EP called Home Internationals on the El Segell del Primavera record label. The track-listing is...
2. Northern Ireland
Wales is taken from The Wedding Present’s recent and critically acclaimed album Going, Going... while the other three tracks have been specially written and recorded for the new release. David Gedge was inspired by the challenge of writing a number of instrumental tracks for Going, Going... and decided to use Wales as the starting point for an EP of further instrumental pieces. Freed from the restriction of a lyrical narrative the music frequently becomes more experimental and delves deeply into David’s love of pop, rock and film scores for inspiration. England also features poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage reading his poem The English. The EP was also inspired by the ‘Home Internationals’ which was an annual football competition between the United Kingdom's four national teams: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (the last of whom competed as Ireland for most of the competition's history). It started in 1883 and is the oldest international football tournament in the world. The competition ended in 1983.