The music at our wedding was always going to be a huge consideration for us. Friends have been lined up to DJ, playlists agonised over and something suitably celestial organised for the ceremony.
But there’s nothing like a live band to kick things up a gear at the reception.
Seb considered playing with his own band, , but decided he could do without the soundcheck. Far better for someone else to do it, so we’ve come up with the perfect option: The Rebel Party Band.
The antithesis of “Mustang Sally” warblers, the Birmingham four-piece peddle a sparky set that flits between fifties rockabilly and indie floor-fillers, with plenty of something old, something new pop tunes thrown in.
Lead singer Pete Smyth is married to alternative wedding photographer Emma Case, so he's been to his fair share of out-of-the-ordinary weddings (Smyth photographs alongside Case). As his recently-engaged bandmate Greg Milner explains, ‘the wedding industry is getting so creative and individual – the photography, venues, food, cakes – we just felt it was about time the music caught up’.
He’s right: surf the net and it’s obvious many wedding bands are playing off the same, tried and tested set list. The Rebels stand out because even though they play songs that everyone knows – a must for weddings – the tracks are less obvious and have greater range.
So what songs are scoring highly on the alternative weddings circuit right now? When it comes to the band’s own playlist, “Blister in the Sun” by The Violent Femmes, “Someday” by The Strokes and “Cousins” by Vampire Weekend are the most requested. But there’s always someone willing to shake it up: ‘The bride for our next booking has requested The Stooges and New Order, and straight away we know it's going to be our kind of wedding.’
The band’s own idea of the perfect wedding is refreshingly quirky – Smyth and Case’s offbeat nuptials consisted of a “secret ceremony, canal boats, a Back to the Future-style Enchantment Under the Sea dance, then a sticky floored indie club 'till stupid o'clock’. If that sounds a bit hipster for you, don't worry – the Rebels are so easy-going and open-minded, you get the feeling they’d have a blast wherever they play.
To find out more about booking The Rebel Party Band visit therebelpartyband.com.
Photographs by Emma Case.