Watch + Listen: Quite Clever New Wet Leg Single/Video ‘Ur Mum’

Wet Leg are that rarest of musical rarities in these days of studio/producer created pop stars: a genuine, from-out-of-nowhere indie phenomenon, utterly on the verge of blowing up. Rising up not out of some or other painfully hip East London scene, but rather the decidedly un-hipsterriffic Isle of Wight, at 27 and 28 years old respectively, the duo of Hester Chambers and Rhian Teasdale are not exactly green. But following their surprise 2021 cult hit ‘Chaise Longue’, which netted them a trio of NME Awards, their time certainly seems to have come.

Their self-titled debut album arrives at last this Friday, April 8 via Domino – and the final teaser has just been released in the form of clever new single/video ‘Ur Mum’. Curiously enough, it sounds almost like an exact replica of Echo & the Bunnymen’s 1987 classic ‘Lips Like Sugar’, with its cool, languid pacing, exploding choruses and, for bonus points, even an effects-laden, Will Sergeant style guitar hook.

Lyrically, it appears to be about leaving behind one of those humdrum English towns for someplace better and more exciting – which certainly seems autobiographical. But our favorite moment comes 3:47 in, when Teasdale recites, “Okay, I’ve been practicing my longest and loudest scream / Okay, here we go, one, two, three…”, and then let’s out an eleven second wail that actually feels like it lasts about five minutes – and is apparently directed at someone specific.

“I was pretty angry at the way things had gone in this particular dynamic,” she recounts. “It’s just a diss song I wrote to make myself feel better. It worked.”

The accompanying video, directed by rising West London rapper Lava La Rue, is an amusing little chronicle of being young and being in a band that not too many people care about yet.

“It’s all about bringing the viewer into the Wet Leg world,” she explains, “with plenty of inside jokes. Artistically it shows where the aesthetic of American indie films like Napoleon Dynamite fits perfectly in the scape of rural British settings. This concept first came to me when the band took me to IOW for the first time – I saw the connection and it all clicked into place.”

Sadly, they won’t be touring Stateside any time soon. But a more than seven months long tour takes them all across the UK and Europe, finishing at the Academy in Dublin November 28, just in time for a Christmas break. Phew.

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