Wet Leg have spoken about the use of humour in their lyrics as a coping mechanism, explaining it’s a “very human thing”
Speaking to NME for our latest Big Read, Wet Leg’s Rhian Teasdale described how she uses humour in her lyrics.
“I always try to dilute serious things with humour, I think,” Teasdale said. “So it only feels natural that if there’s a bit of humour in there, that would attach itself to something that’s maybe a bit sad. I will always try and make light of things.”
Talking about humour as a coping mechanism, Teasdale explains that “It’s a very human thing. In films, there’ll always be light-hearted moments written into the script, like when they’re on their way to Mordor.”
Speaking about new single ‘Angelica‘, Teasdale goes on to say it’s about “working your way through life in the world. The world can feel a bit lost sometimes, but” – she stares off into the distance and pauses – “all who wander are not lost.”
The duo are set to release their self-titled debut album on April 8 via Domino Records. It features previously released singles ‘Chaise Longue’, ‘Wet Dream’ and ‘Oh No’.
The band will celebrate the release with a UK headline tour, with another to follow in November. Check out the dates below and buy tickets here.
16 Newcastle, St Doms
17 Edinburgh, The Mash House
19 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
20 Manchester, Gorilla
21 Bristol, Trinity Centre
23 Birmingham, O2 Institute
24 Norwich, Arts Centre
26 London, Scala
27 Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
3 – UEA, Norwich
14 – O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol
15 – O2 Academy Liverpool, Liverpool
17 – SWG3, Glasgow
18 – Leeds Beckett Students Union, Leeds
19 – O2 Ritz, Manchester
21 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
23 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
25 – Rock City, Nottingham
27 – Limelight, Belfast
28 – Academy, Dublin
Speaking to NME last year, Teasdale said: “We want to be recognised as guitar heroes, as it doesn’t hurt to win sometimes. But also, you just have no control over these things as music is so subjective, and we’re not ultra competitive people…”
“We’ve been playing big stages that we haven’t properly grown into yet,” added Hester Chambers. “Even on a practical level it’s been a challenge; I’ve struggled with asking for what I want in my monitors and coping with the size of the crowds that have come to see us.” She pauses. “But that’s OK. We’re always learning.”
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