Wet Leg – Wet Leg
Formed by best friends Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers atop a ferris wheel in their native Isle Of Wight, and named after playing an emoji combination game, the kooky conception story of Wet Leg is a perfect introduction to the oddball collection of lo-fi bedroom rock, power pop and indie disco that makes up this charmingly goofy debut.
Arriving on the back of a breakout 2021 for the pair thanks to viral hit single ‘Chaise Longue’ and its ensuing singles last year, Wet Leg offers up more of the same sticky guitar licks and zingy quips that made for such an infectious cocktail on the band’s early hits, with no shortage of addictive garage jams on supply, as well as a host of other genres which the pair bounce effortlessly between throughout a zesty half hour and change.
The band’s love of French disco shines on groovy highlights ‘Wet Dream’ and ‘Ur Mum’, while there’s a sugary slice of bubblegum indie pop laced throughout the tracklist with ‘Loving You’ and ‘Piece Of Shit’ providing a nice contrast to the grungy hooks on punchy opener ‘Being In Love’ and ‘Angelica’.
According to Teasdale, the song that started it all was written in just one day while lounging on said chaise longue, and the entirety of Wet Leg carries the same spontaneous energy of its lead smash – Teasdale and Chambers’ real life friendship is joyously reflected in the charisma and wit that bursts throughout this debut, and the result is an undeniable blast.
Words: Andrew Lambert