WET LEG share video for new single ‘Oh No’ & announce run of UK instore gigs + Austin, Texas SXSW shows

WET LEG share video for new single 'Oh No' & announce run of UK instore gigs + Austin, Texas SXSW shows
Photo credit © Hollie Fernando 2021

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.”

Watch the video for “Oh No” BELOW:

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 in-store 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.

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.

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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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as conducting interviews for the XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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