CRAIG WEDREN is the critically acclaimed songwriter and singer who began his career fronting avant-rock pioneers Shudder To Think. Wedren has made a name for himself in both the traditional world of rock and as a sought after film composer. Most recently Craig has worked as the composer for the new David Wain film They Came Together, which premiered at Sundance 2014, and the film Lucky Them, directed by Megan Griffiths. Both films will be released this summer. Craig continues to release ground breaking original music as well, including his solo album Wand, and the classical song cycle On In Love which he is collaborating on with acclaimed classical composer Jefferson Friedman.
As a composer, Wedren has scored a host of popular feature films including Wanderlust, Role Models, School of Rock, Wet Hot American Summer, By The People: The Election of Barack Obama, Laurel Canyon, Reno 911!: Miami, Roger Dodger, The Baxter, Boxers and Ballerinas, and Afternoon Delight, which was the winner of the Directing award for a US Drama at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Wedren has also written and performed music for many popular televisions shows including Hung, United States of Tara, Reno 911!, Don’t Trust The B. In Apt. 23, Children’s Hospital, Stella, The State, The Whitest Kids You Know.
Wedren began his career as the singer and primary songwriter for Washington, DC-based Shudder To Think, a band that started out in the “hardcore” music scene only to challenge the aesthetics and limitations of this then-emerging musical genre. 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 widely with bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Fugazi, and Pearl Jam, and their videos were featured in regular rotation 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. With Shudder To Think, Wedren scored the independent films First Love Last Rites and High Art, and contributed music to the film Velvet Goldmine. Shortly after making the transition to film work, the band dissolved their partnership, and Wedren continued his dual career as both film composer and solo artist.
While continuing to grow creatively and commercially as a composer, Wedren has also developed a successful career as a solo artist. He released his first solo album “Lapland” on Conor Oberst's Team Love label, after which he toured the United States and Australia, supporting Foo Fighters, and Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs. His follow up release was “Wand,” his second, most ambitious solo album to date. To accompany the release of “Wand,” Craig toured the United States with Chris Cornell, and he worked with director Tim Nackashi to create a series of 360-degree interactive videos - now being developed for use with Oculus Rift Technology - who’s engrossing, innovative technology continues Craig’s forays into the vanguard of music and imagination.