Rating:
4.5

Wet Leg take on Pryzm in Kingston the day before the release of their debut album: Wet Leg

Wet Leg‘s heavily anticipated debut album is something I’ve been really excited about since the release of the band’s first single: Chaise Longue. The band is the brainchild of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, both previously found in a number of musical projects for the last decade. WL draws their style loosely from french disco and minimalist indie, perhaps comparable to the Parisian pop band L’imperatrice, with a slightly reduced sonic setup and a penchant for a tongue-in-cheek millennial lyrical delivery.

Before heading into the venue, I was curious as to what the general demographic of the audience would be, initially assuming that the TikTok success of Chaise Longue would attract a younger audience, I was surprised to find a really varied audience, which got me quite excited about the broader appeal of the band. Wet Leg sold out both shows at Pryzm that day with what seemed like impressively little effort.

Performatively the band carries an enticing shyness and almost awkward demeanor, perhaps due to the project’s youth, or maybe an intentional aspect of their performance, whatever it may be it really works for the band at the moment. Both Hester and Rhian have a really calming and soft-spoken stage presence between songs and during audience interactions, this quickly switches during some of their more energetic songs such as Ur Mum and Wet Dream which contributes to the turbulence and excitement of the spectacle.

One particular highlight of the show was Obvious which is a track that interestingly doesn’t feature on the album. This was a low-key slower track which provided a really intimate interlude between the excitement and energy of the rest of the set. Perhaps this track will be found in a later release.

Both watching Wet Leg and generally being a fan at this stage of the project feels like being part of a weird cult that somehow everyone knows about, drawing in larger audiences almost exponentially, Wet Leg’s journey so far has been fascinating and exciting to see, this kind of explosive growth isn’t something that is seen too often within the wider musical scene that Wet Leg fit into and it’s a journey I am really excited to follow.

Setlist:

  • Being In Love
  • Wet Dream
  • Supermarket
  • Too Late Now
  • Obvious
  • Oh No
  • Ur Mum
  • It’s Not Fun
  • Angelica
  • Chaise Longue

Written by

Drew Manning

Drew Manning is the Owner and Lead Editor of Alibi London.