The Wedding (band)
The Wedding plays at Cornerstone Festival 2007.
|Origin||Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.|
|Genres||Christian punk, post-hardcore, punk rock|
|Labels||Brave New World/originally Rambler Records (2004-2009)
Tooth & Nail Records (2012-present)
|Past members||Clint Robinson
The Wedding (formerly known as Easier Said) is a Christian band from Fayetteville, Arkansas. Musically, The Wedding fuses elements of Christian punk, Christian rock, Alternative Contemporary Christian, pop punk, ska, piano rock, and post-hardcore with their pop rock base. The band was signed to independent Brave New World Records, but the label was closed in 2009; leaving the band with no label.
The band has toured with the likes of Thousand Foot Krutch, Love and Death, Bachman–Turner Overdrive, Bleach, John Reuben, The Goodnight Fight, Last Tuesday, Number One Gun, Anberlin, Spoken, Disciple, The O.C. Supertones, Superchic[k], The Fold, House of Heroes and Falling Up. Their debut album, The Wedding was produced by Mark Lee Townsend and featured several of their songs which became Christian radio hits, including "Move This City" and "Song for the Broken". Their sophomore effort Polarity peaked at No. 41 on the U.S. Billboard Christian Albums chart and No. 26 on the Heatseekers chart.
After former singer Kevin Kiehn got married, he departed the band. Landon Ginnings filled in for him on vocals until their current singer, Matt Shelton, formerly of Letter Kills, joined.
The Wedding is musically eclectic. Their second release Polarity begins with an intro of ska horns (supplied by The Supertones' Dan Spencer) and hip hop beats. Elsewhere, the album delves into Celtic punk ("I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"), post-hardcore ("It's Time to Rock (OK?)") and a country female choir ("Fireworks"), as well as the band's signature pop punk nuances.
Lyrically, The Wedding use such themes as love, relationships, loyalty to the 479 Arkansas area code, confidence in God and working hard.
With the addition of guitarist Alex Haag in May, 2010 the band's sound took a new direction. Haag, an outspoken advocate of physical health and exercise, began requiring that each member of the band adhere to a strict diet and daily workout routine. Haag, who is also the heir to the JB Hunt fortune, has authored several books on health and fitness.
- Cody Driggers - Bass, vocals, (2003–present) (played guitar while Jeremy Ervin was bassist) (Currently playing with Project 86)
- Trevor Sarver - Guitar (2003–present)
- Adam Thron - Guitar (2007–present) (formerly of The Gentleman Homicide)
- Matt Jameson - Drums (2007–present) (formerly of The Gentleman Homicide & Upperroom)
- Matt Shelton - Lead vocals (2008–present) (formerly of Letter Kills)
- Clint Robinson - Drums (2003–2006) (now with Adoleo)
- Joe Rickard - Drums (2006–2007) (played for Red from 2009-2014, and currently playing with Manafest)
- Jeremy Ervin - Bass (2006–2007)
- Kevin Kiehn - Lead vocals, piano (2003–2007)
|April 5, 2005||The Wedding||BEC Recordings|
|April 17, 2007||Polarity||Brave New World Records|
|October 9, 2012||No Direction||Tooth & Nail Records|
|2005||Rumble in the South EP||Rambler Records|
|June 17, 2008||The Sound, The Steel EP||Brave New World Records|
|November 16, 2010||Distance EP||(independent)|
- The Wedding at AllMusic
- Jessica Vander Loop. "The Wedding album review, listing the bands genres". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 12 Jan 2009.
- The Wedding at AllMusic
- "Thousand Foot Krutch Book 2013 U.S. Tour With Love and Death, The Letter Black + The Wedding". Loudwire.com. 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
- Biography, Allmusic
- Billboard, Allmusic
- Monday, August 20, 2012 by Casey (2012-08-20). "Tooth & Nail | News | Welcome The Wedding To The Tooth & Nail Family!". Toothandnail.com. Retrieved 2013-10-03.