El Rey -- the first new album in over three years from The Wedding Present -- was recorded in Chicago by Steve Albini. The band returned from an eight-year hiatus in 2004 with the release of Take Fountain, and this long-awaited album brought them back into the spotlight, with all of the style and sophistication associated with this legendary group. That intensity has been turned up even further for the new album. El Rey is The Wedding Present's first collaboration with Albini since the beloved Seamonsters in 1991. Written while David Gedge was living in Los Angeles, El Rey burns with West Coast sunlight; Hollywood seen through the eyes of a gritty Northerner.