WET LEG – RESIDENT OUTSTORE, CHALK, BRIGHTON 9.4.22
moist leg are on an upward trajectory since their first single ‘Lounge Chair’, and its accompanying video, went viral in June 2021. Shaped by associates Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers on the Isle of Wight in 2019, the duo have expanded with further musicians for dwell work and have signed a take care of Domino Information. Their guitar-driven post-punk sound is deliberately bonkers, they usually have a knack for writing extremely catchy hooks to accompany their idiosyncratic lyrics. Extra hit singles adopted, and their self-titled debut album was launched, to nice acclaim, on April 8, 2022.
We catch them as an alternative of Chalk for an in-store efficiency for the Brighton Resident document retailer. Tickets have been offered bundled with pre-orders of the album. The occasion info for tonight’s present is a bit sketchy. The band will play their set, presumably lasting round 40 minutes, at an undetermined time between the doorways opening at 6 p.m. and the curfew at 10 p.m. I take my place within the entrance and settle all the way down to hear DJ B*llocks. That’s his identify, by the way in which, not what I consider him. Fortuitously, the musical selections are eclectic and entertaining. We go from Speaking Heads to sitar music and Bhangra beats, to indie classics just like the Arctic Monkeys and tacky film themes like ‘Ghostbusters’ juxtaposed with Pleasure Division. The wait is kind of lengthy earlier than the group arrives at 8:40 p.m., however the time passes fairly pleasantly.
Evidently the room is full. It will get fairly cozy up entrance, with a palpable buzz of excited anticipation. There’s a large cheer as Moist Leg takes the stage to the sound of gently bucolic Celtic people music. Lead singer Rhian has an enormous beaming smile and her lengthy brown hair cascades over the big puff sleeves of a really retro plaid gown that coordinates nicely together with her blonde Telecaster guitar. Hester is extra informal sporting a cheerleading T-shirt and skirt, and brandishing a classic Hofner. They’re flanked by two fellow musicians, each long-haired and bearded. Josh, on the left of the home, has a Danelectro guitar hooked up and a small synth on a stand. Ellis is home on the fitting, on a blue Musicmaster bass. Drummer Henry’s equipment is mounted on a riser between the backline amps. Just like the flight instances on which the amps relaxation, it bears the band’s brand.
With a stick click on rely, we begin with the bass and kick from the opening of the album. ‘To be in love’. The verses are sparse, with staccato vocals, however the choruses actually kick in, overlaid with swirling moans of a synth sound that just about appears like a Theremin. The group loves it and jumps with enthusiasm. ‘Convincing’ has a fantastically languorous, floaty vibe, and Hester takes the lead vocals. She’s a bit misplaced within the combine at first, although that’s rectified fairly rapidly, and there’s a dreamy playout with a pleasant slamming guitar.
Rhian takes a second to tune in and chats with the viewers in a singsong voice with exaggerated pauses. “How are you? We’re effective. Thanks for asking.” Everybody laughs, due to course nobody requested. The opening riff of the second single ‘Moist Dream’ hits and it instantly comes alive once more within the crowd. Behind the safety barrier, the assembled mass choir sing together with each phrase of the whole music. This group has clearly discovered one thing that resonates with the general public’s creativeness. In musical phrases, it’s ingeniously easy, only a repeated four-chord development all through, nevertheless it’s ridiculously catchy and everybody right here, together with me, is overcome with ecstatic delight.
There’s a nice vocal turnout on the singsong intro and refrain for ‘Grocery store’ additionally. It has a brisk tempo, and I additionally love watching the interplay between Rhian and Hester. They seem like they’re having enjoyable, exchanging cute appears and conspiratorial laughs, and doing a wonderful synchronized dance collectively through the swirling psychic opening of ‘Too late now’. The tempo picks up with a flurry of fast voices and everybody round me goes loopy once more.
‘Apparent’ begins small, with simply Rhian’s guitar and vocals, then builds steadily. There are extra offbeat dance strikes on stage for ‘Oh no’ and the insistent rhythm of the final single ‘Your mother’, with the 2 major actors circling, leaning over and waving their hair in unison. It appears superb.
All songs performed are on the brand new album, however except you have got a vinyl copy with the restricted version 7″ bonus, the next quantity may be much less acquainted. The setlist suggests they have been planning ‘That’s a disgrace’, however they really resolve to play ‘It’s not humorous’, which is on the opposite facet of the bonus disc. Effectively finished, I used to be paying consideration. It’s a gentle beat quantity with extra retro synth swirling swooshes on prime. I relatively prefer it. What’s enjoyable is ‘Angelic’, pushed by a haunting, catchy lead guitar motif. The album has solely been out for a day, so I’m impressed that everybody round me is singing alongside.
“Thanks very a lot for coming tonight” Rhian chimes, and it’s clear we’re coming to the tip of the set. No prizes for guessing the final music, which is the viral hit that began all of it. There are very vigorous dances, particularly from me, and each phrase of the lyrics is sung on the identical time. The breath “Excuse me…. What?” the vocal interplay sounds very completely different when shouted by a number of hundred folks. It’s the triumphant finish of a most fulfilling set, nicely carried out by charming actors whose pleasure and sense of enjoyable are significantly contagious.
If anybody thought Moist Leg was going to be a one-off hit novelty act, they most likely needed to rethink. This group appears to have tapped into the mainstream consciousness with nice success and continues to be on the rise. In case you haven’t met them but, the album is nicely price a hear. The goofy appeal of the band received me over as quickly as I heard ‘Convertible Lengthy’ final yr, and tonight’s present solely cemented my admiration for his or her work.
Rhian Teasdale – vocals, guitar
Hester Chambers – guitar, vocals
Ellis Durand – bass, vocals
Josh Mobaraki – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Henry Holmes – drums, vocals
Moist Leg Setlist:
‘To be in love’
‘Too late now’
‘It’s not humorous’