The High Watt
Thu, Jul 12 8:00 pm
Craig Wedren: Craig Wedren is a composer, a songwriter and a singer. He got his start fronting avant-punk pioneers Shudder To Think, before expanding into composing scores for film and T.V. As a composer, Wedren has scored a host of popular feature films including Wanderlust, Role Models, The School of Rock, Wet Hot American Summer, By The People: The Election of Barack Obama, Laurel Canyon, Roger Dodger, Afternoon Delight, How To Be A Latin Lover, and A Futile, Stupid Gesture. He has also written and performed music for televisions shows including GLOW, Wet Hot American Summer, Fresh Off The Boat, Hung, The United States of Tara, Reno 911!, Don’t Trust The B. In Apt. 23, Childrens Hospital, Burning Love, Wainy Days, Stella, and The State. Wedren’s first emerged as singer and primary songwriter for Washington, DC-based Shudder To Think, a band that started out in the city’s legendary Hardcore Punk scene on Dischord Records, only to challenge and expand the aesthetics of the genre, and those of the emerging Alternative Rock scene. After breaking indie music tradition by signing with Epic Records (Sony Music), Shudder To Think released three major label albums including their opus, “Pony Express Record.” Shudder To Think toured extensively with bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Fugazi, Pavement, Foo Fighters, and Pearl Jam; their videos were featured regularly on MTV. At the peak of their career, a battle with Hodgkin’s Disease grounded Craig and the band, but following successful treatments Shudder To Think returned with a new goal in mind – to create music for film.