The Happiest Ending

by The Wedding's Off

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The Happiest Ending, the second album by The Wedding's Off on Ebola Music Records, is both similar to and a radical departure from their self-titled first album. The band's obsessions with melody and dissonance are still there in spades: the songs insinuate themselves inside the listener's head and then explode with moments of pure chaos. But the first album's scrappy, garage-y sonics have been replaced with unusual depth and richness. When guitarist Michael Rings' departure from Los Angeles was imminent, the band went into engineer Eddie Rivas' studio to lay down the basic tracks for their second album. Knowing that the songs were unlikely to be played live after Rings' left town, the band threw everything they had at the songs. From the harp and horns on "There's Zero Gravity Over at Pan-Pacific Park" to the dubby space echo on "Blister Jungle," the Wedding's Off let their creativity out of its pen for one final run around the yard.

The Wedding's Off, at the time of this recording, were Michael Rings, Chris Kidd, Andrew Duncan, and Roderick Cumming. Lending their talents to The Happiest Ending were Richard Yusim (drums and percussion), Ego Plum (marimba, organ, chimes), Dr. Joseph "Mooey Moobau" Tepperman (trombone), Elizabeth DeNeeve (harp), Eddie Rivas (tenor saxophone), and "Archbishop" Jason Polland (accordion).

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released August 24, 2007

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Ego Plum Los Angeles, California

Ego Plum is an American musician, award-winning composer, and producer from Los Angeles, CA. His style stems from a variety of unconventional influences: The jazz of Raymond Scott, the spastic stop-and-go arrangements of Carl Stalling, the frenetic energy of music groups like Oingo Boingo, Devo, The Residents, and The Dead Kennedy's, with haunting beauty of Franz Waxman and Bernard Herrmann. ... more

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