WORTH A LOOK?: ****
TRACKLIST: Being In Love; Chaise Longue; Angelica; I Don’t Wanna Go Out; Wet Dream; Convincing; Loving You; UR Mum; Oh No; Piece Of Shit; Supermarket; Too Late Now
Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers named their band after a saying used by Isle of Wight residents to describe non-islanders, that they had a ‘wet leg’ from getting off the boat.
- Read on for reasons including where to see Wet Leg on tour in the UK this year
Bass-heavy debut single Chaise Longue became a viral hit in 2020 and flips a stereotype on its head by imploring an object of affection to venture backstage to enjoy a pack of warm beer on the titular furniture.
‘Is your muffin buttered?’ is 1 of the more memorable lines. While: ‘On the Chaise Longue in your underwear/What are you doing sitting down?/You should be horizontal now’ would definitely be worrying from a male mouth.
As Chaise Longue descends into heavy repeat it all feels so far so Elastica and early Blur, both bands we absolutely loved during Britpop and very occasionally afterwards when we’re feeling nostalgic for what was probably our favourite era of music.
But Wet Leg are far from being a one-trick pony and follow-up Wet Dream remains sexually provocative but deploys surf rock with again hugely quotable lyrics. ‘I was in your Wet Dream driving in my car/What makes you think you’re good enough to think about me when you’re touching yourself?’ is probably the most empowering lyric we can think of.
UR Mum is another highlight as the band’s disaffection with presumably a former lover is reaffirmed by: ‘I don’t want you to want me/I need you to forget me … You’re always so full of it/Yeah, why don’t you just suck my dick? … OK I’ve been practising my longest and loudest scream/OK, here we go/ 1, 2, 3 … aargh!’
As we write, the album has completely unexpectedly for us gone to number 1. Wet Leg tour internationally this year, details below, and we’re hoping to catch them at June’s Glastonbury Festival.