NEW VIDEO : WET LEG share “3am doom scroll” video for ‘OH NO,’ nominated for 5 x NME Awards, announce run of UK instore gigs + Austin, Texas SXSW shows

Photo credit © Hollie Fernando 2021

Wet Leg share video for “Oh No”

Announce run of UK instore shows

Confirmed for SXSW & nominated for 5 x NME Awards

Debut album ‘Wet Leg’ out April 8th 2022

“2022’s hottest band” The Guardian

“One of the most exciting bands around right now” Sunday Times Style

“The most fun new band of 2022” The Times

“Criminally addictive” The Face

“Wet Leg, the indie rock revelation of 2021” The Observer

“They’re one of those new bands whose sound and aesthetic seem to have arrived fully formed,

promising exciting if totally unpredictable things to come” New York Times

“They’ve got the tunes to back up the hype” Evening Standard

“A breath of fresh air” The Independent

“One of the most exciting breakout bands of 2021” DIY Class Of 2022

“Immensely charming” Stereogum 

“Believe the hype” Stylist

“Glorious” The i Paper

“One of 2022’s most anticipated debuts” Metro

“2022 is going to be their year” Clash

“The most exciting new band on the planet” Dork Hype List 2022

“Stupidly fun and outrageously addictive” NME

Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers each wear a small gold necklace made by Hester: one that says Wet, and one that says Leg. Before last summer, those necklaces would have been cryptic to almost everyone else. However, a lot has changed since then. Wet Leg only released their debut single, “Chaise Longue”, in June 2021, but have quickly gone from strength to strength. Collectively the four songs they have shared with the world (“Wet Dream”, “Too Late Now” and “Oh No” followed “Chaise Longue”) have clocked up over 20 million streams and 4.5 million views on YouTube. Their most recent accolade: being ranked #2 in BBC’s Sound Of 2022 list.

Today, the duo are pleased to share the video for their song “Oh No”. Like their videos for “Chaise Longue” and “Wet Dream”, the video for “Oh No” was self-directed. Teasdale says of making it: “It’s been a pretty wild ride for us these past few months, we never really thought much past actually making music and playing gigs. It’s quite an odd thing to suddenly open yourself to so much criticism and praise alike. The comments that complete strangers will leave on our videos are so funny and range wildly in sentiment. Although we know it is bad for us to read them and we try to avoid it, sometimes it’s irresistible when you’re on your own; the 3am doom scroll really gets you. For this video, we have obsessively selected our favourite bits from the comments sections across our socials – the good, the bad, the ugly – and have repurposed them to make something new. It has been quite cathartic actually.”

Rhian continues: “The video was shot on the Isle of Wight, at the bottom of a chairlift that you can take from the top of the cliff. The rope costume – made by costume designer Kate Tabor – weighed an absolute tonne and it took three of us to carry it down the cliff to shoot. We’d each grab onto a limb, and after 20 minutes of heavy lifting managed to get it down the steep steps leading to the beach. We’re thinking of starting it up as a work-out class for alternative types.”

Alongside the new video, Wet Leg have announced a run of instore gigs at UK record shops including London, Bristol, Nottingham and Birmingham around the release of their debut album Wet Leg (due April 8th). These instore shows are on-sale now from individual record stores. Also, their forthcoming Koko show in London has had to be upgraded again – the band will now play Camden’s Electric Ballroom on 26th April.

Confirmed UK instore gigs are as follows;

Thursday 7th April                Banquet @ PRYZM, Kingston         Tickets

Friday 8th April                     Rough Trade East, London             Tickets

Saturday 9th April                Resident, Brighton                           Tickets

Sunday 10th April                 Rough Trade, Bristol                        Tickets

Monday 11th April                Rough Trade, Nottingham               Tickets

Tuesday 12th April               HMV, Birmingham                            Tickets

Additionally, Wet Leg have been nominated for 5 x BandLab NME Awards including Best New Act In The World, Best Song In The World, Best Music Video, Best New Act (UK) and Best Song (UK).

Two prestigious SXSW showcases have been confirmed for the band next month in Austin, Texas including BBC/The British Music Embassy and Domino, with more to be announced.

Wet Leg (the forthcoming debut album) was recorded and produced in the main by Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey. Rhian says of the process: “It was such a beautiful and homely studio, with no glass separating us. We didn’t have much studio recording experience, but we immediately felt at ease at Dan’s.” The album was mostly recorded in April 2021, meaning they had a finished album before the world had even heard “Chaise Longue” or played live. “I guess how it happened was unconventional,” admits Hester. Rhian speculates: “Not many new bands get the opportunity to cocoon themselves in the studio without the noise and opinions of the outside world.” “It felt like a weird social experiment” jokes Hester.

The album is sad music for party people, and party music for sad people. The main focus was always ‘good-times-all-the-time’ right from the start. Whilst the album is for the most part a representation of that sensibility, a dry and often dark sense of humour ripples through. It is cathartic and joyful and punk and scuzzy and, above all, it’s fun.

Stream all four songs Wet Leg have released so far here.

Wet Leg is available to pre-order on exclusive clear vinyl (with a 7” of two non-album tracks) via the band’s webstore, standard vinyl, cassette, CD and digitally.

A variety of merch (T-shirt, print) is available as a pre-order bundle too.

Pre-order: Wet Leg Store | Digital

 

Upcoming Wet Leg live dates;

 

1st February   Elsewhere, Margate – Independent Venue Week – sold out

2nd February  100 Club, London – Independent Venue Week – sold out

3rd February   The Louisiana, Bristol – Independent Venue Week – sold out

2nd March       The Back Room @ Colectivo, Milwaukee, WI – sold out

3rd March        Amsterdam Hall, St Paul, MN – sold out

4th March        Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL – sold out

5th March        A&R Music Bar, Columbus, OH – sold out

7th March        Opera House, Toronto, ON – sold out

8th March        Bar le Ritz PBD, Montreal, QC – sold out

10th March      Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY – sold out

11th March      DC9, Washington, DC – sold out

12th March      Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA – sold out

14th March      The Basement, Nashville, TN – sold out

16th March      Domino showcase @ Half-Step, SXSW, Austin, TX

17th March      The British Music Embassy / BBC @ Cedar Street Courtyard, SXSW, Austin, TX

20th March      Secret Group, Houston, TX – sold out

23rd March      Pabellon Cuervo, Mexico City, Mexico ^ (^with Idles)

25th March      Music Box, San Diego, CA – sold out

26th March      Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA – sold out

27th March      Vitalidad, Portland, OR – sold out

29th March      Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco, CA – sold out

30th March      The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA – sold out

16th April        Newcastle University, Newcastle – sold out

17th April        The Mash House, Edinburgh – sold out

19th April        Brudenell Social Club, Leeds – sold out

20th April        Gorilla, Manchester – sold out

21st April        Trinity Centre, Bristol – sold out

23rd April        o2 Institute, Birmingham – sold out

24th April        Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich – sold out

26th April        Electric Ballroom, London – venue upgraded + sold out

27th April        The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth – sold out

14th May          Point Ephemere, Paris – sold out

15th May          Le Nuits Botanique @ Botanique Rotonde, Brussels

16th May          Jaki, Cologne

19th May          Doornroosje, Nijmegen

20th May          Rotown, Rotterdam – sold out

21st May          London Calling @ Paradiso, Amsterdam

23rd May         Milla, Munich

24th May          Milla, Munich – sold out

25th May          Berghain/Kantine, Berlin – sold out

28th May          Neighbourhood Weekender @ Victoria Park, Warrington

16th June        Isle of Wight Festival, Newport

9th July            TRNSMT @ Glasgow Green, Glasgow

25th August    Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver – sold out

                                               

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