Free Of Rock Star Dreams, The Latest Music From Shudder To Think's Craig Wedren Tackles The Midli…March 2, 2019
Skip to content when Craig weds room turned 45 literally to the day he recalled with her laugh he began to slide into what he refers to openly as a midlife crisis a well-regarded musician since he was his in late teens when he formed the wildly inventive post-punk band shudder to think wedge when suddenly found himself up against the.
Complicated realities of marriage and fatherhood and a body that seems bent on slowly shutting down it was basically my staring at the skull moment he.
Said dropping a hamlet reference to describe an existential funk.
From which he needed an escape but I’m not an affair and Corvette kind of guy I’m a music guy that record released in December is adult bizarre a tender and fearless set of electro acoustic pop duties in which Wed run.
Now a 48 uses his distinctive voice to explore thoughts on an aging and family and how those ideas might coexist for a man in an era of toxic masculinity with it’s unusual song structures and it’s pretty but thorny textures the album represented another outlet as well from the rigors of what has become wedge rands day job composing for film and television I really needed a break.
From assigned work said the LOS angeles-based musician known for his scores for school of rock wet hot American summer and the hit Netflix series glow about the development of a women’s wrestling league in the mid 1980s for this I just gave myself free rein to be creative over lunch on a recent afternoon at his tidy home in.
The Hollywood Hills weds room whose set to perform Monday night at the.
Hotel cafe said he took the prospect of a solo album seriously he released his first project under his own.
Name Lapland in 2005 after shudder to think broke up following a series of increasingly idiosyncratic records that combined soul funk and glam the band with a second prolific screen composer in guitarist Natan Larson has briefly reunited for concerts.
Several times Wed Rijn put out another solo disc wand in 2011 but then he put his career as a performer on hold to concentrate on scoring and raising his son who’s now nine when he returned to.
Pop he said his values had shifted because things were going well in the film and TV world and because I wasn’t trying to be a rock star anymore I had no commercial agenda whatsoever he explained between bites of salad so the most important thing to me if I was going to put.
Something out under my name was that it not contribute.
To the trash heap of say me sounding music wegend wasn’t referring to the top 40 he said he listens to current music both voraciously and a little bit vampiric.
Lee hunting for sonic inspiration that he can twist into his own weird shapes on Spotify recently he posted a playlist of songs.
Including tracks by Rihanna and Kanye West that helped point him toward adult desire and he spoke.
Enthusiastically about Charli xcx’s population 2.
Mixtape yet he knew he wanted adult bizarre to resist the kind of easily identify bozo no markers that he’d embraced for projects like the strum e lapland which he called his attempt at that middle American AM gold thing the record grew in part from pieces of music that he’d squirrel away for himself he said after initially developing them while working on scores for others as an example.
He pointed to the title track which began with a guitar figure he’d composed for Stuart Bloomberg’s movie thanks for sharing but which he didn’t end up using eventually he had a hard drive full of disparate fragments that he’d comb through in his home studio at night after.
He and his wife had put the son to bed whatever.
Would catch my fancy I’d start playing with he said because he’d never had a midlife crisis before Wed Rijn was writing in his lyrics about topics he hadn’t previously addressed but there’s a through line in his vivid language especially.
In its unflinching depiction of the physical body that connects adult.
Bizarre to earlier music by shudder to think I’d like to lick the butter off your stretch mark goes one memorable line bitter his singing which can still range from a dramatic whisper to a near operatic wail we’re starting to remix the first few shudder to think records because they weren’t mixed well originally he said and I was just saying to my wife the other day that we don’t give our youngest cells the credit we deserve listening back to that stuff the lyric style the vocal tick it was.
All in place from like age 17 Wed Rijn has also been thinking of his younger days as a result of releasing adult dessert through his own label tough lover the do-it-yourself experience he said reminds him in a strange way of going around Washington DC where shudder.
To think sprang from that city’s vibrant hardcore scene and posting flyers for shares by hand the promise of DIY is rarely at ones disposal now he said I can.
Design a t-shirt on my phone and I can post a song online that’s accessible to the entire world he laughed with the knowledge of someone who’s seen the record industry’s radical transformation over the past two decades of course it’s anybody’s guess how you make a living from that indeed although adult bazaar provided Wedman with the rejuvenating break from his work in Hollywood the.
Break didn’t last for long he’s currently scoring the second season of glow and he’s got several other film jobs on the horizon but he’s already thinking of making another solo record something more externalized than adult desire he said with perhaps less.
Worry and more joy I want to get right back to it where hotel cafe 1623 in the half and Cahuenga Boulevard.