Music: Wedlock

Paul Allgood, Wade Clovis

A musical band, Wedlock formed circa 2004 in Richmond, VA, formed of Paul Allgood (vox, sampling) and Jeff Hathaway (programming, keyboards) for its original members. They did a couple Eps together until Jeff formed his own production company and Paul kept going with Wedlock in live form. Exogamy was a 2008 debut that eventually reached #40 on Out Voice's LGBT chart, and also contained their most successful single to date "Black Sundress"(#9 Amazon mp3). Their follow up, Continuity, was voted runner-up in the Indie Band of the Year Contest hosted by Music Emissionsnote .

Allgood has been the sole remaining original member, and continues to record and perform as Wedlock with many others, much like Pere Ubu but not nearly as famous.

Former members:

  • Jason Bowden
  • Kirk Bryson
  • Jonathan Kidder
  • Greg Klaiber (live)
  • David Mendez
  • Ana Mitchell
  • Chris Scendo
  • Baxter Smith
  • Lee Whitsel

Discography:

  • 2006 — Matrimony (EP)
  • 2007 — Cuts Both Ways Maxisingle
  • 2008 — Discopharma Maxisingle
  • 2008 — Exogamy (Album)
  • Still Unsatisfied Single
  • Reverend Charisma Single
  • Black Sundress Single
  • 2009 — Continuity (Album)
  • 2010 — Witnesses (EP)
  • 2013 — Black Sundress (Hagiphonic)
  • 2015 — Critique (EP)

Wedlock has examples of the following tropes:

  • Revolving Door Band: Apart from Paul Allgood, the band has featured a different line up on each of its releases. For a band called Wedlock, there's a lot of musical "divorce" going around—over ten member changes over its history.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: Though not a Rastatafarian, Paul Allgood wears his hair in this style.
  • Protest Song: The song "Allegiance?" WTF?! is a track with an anti Bush, anti-oligarchy, and anti-war sentiment, complete with vox sample.
  • Cult of Personality: Their song "Reverend Charisma" is about the cult leader Jim Jones.
  • Idiosyncratic Album Theming: "Matrimony," "Exogamy," and "Continuity" all end in "y", as Allgood purposely tries to use one-word titles either pertaining to marriage or the "y" ness of something.