Wet Leg – In Session for Steve Lamacq – September 15, 2021 – BBC 6 Music –
Up-and-comers Wet Leg in their debut session hot on the heels of the release of their second single, Wet Dream which came about 13 days after this session.
The Guardian has this to say about the duo:
Wet Leg are Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, who first met at the Isle of Wight College and made some promising if introspective music together and apart over the following decade. Revelation came when the pair decided to take it a little less seriously while careening around a festival.
Teasdale stopped writing “unlistenable” piano pieces and learned guitar, which Chambers already played. They assembled a band with fellow islanders Josh, Henry and Ellis, booked gigs and self-directed some videos, Teasdale using her experience as wardrobe assistant on Ed Sheeran videos to design their distinctive “serious hat-wearing cottage-core lady” look. A record deal arrived after just two songs, then during lockdown the duo sketched out their debut album. “Our first songs were really crass, about getting abducted by aliens,” recalls Teasdale. “We’ve reined in the crass but kept the fun.”
You could pick out splinters of American new wave and British post-punk from their deadpan vocals and sharp-elbowed songs, but the broad range of acts they’ve been compared to proves they have a swagger of their own.
Indie rock is rarely witty or sexy. So Wet Leg, with their witty singles about sexy furniture (Chaise Longue) and late-night emissions (Wet Dream), their Mean Girls quotes and single entendres, are sometimes regarded with suspicion. Unfair. They come to bring joy.
They’re coming to the States in December and are slated to play Los Angeles at The Echo on December 13 and the Moroccan Lounge on the 14th. Get tickets.
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