Wet (band)

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Wet
Kelly Zutrau of Wet in 2019
Kelly Zutrau of Wet in 2019
Background information
OriginBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres
Years active2012–present
LabelsColumbia[5]
Websitewet.band
Members
  • Kelly Zutrau
  • Joe Valle
Past members
  • Marty Sulkow[6]

Wet is an American indie pop group from Brooklyn, New York. The band's first two albums—the 2013 self-titled EP and 2016 Don't You—are credited to Kelly Zutrau, Joe Valle, and Marty Sulkow.[7] In March 2018, Wet released a single, "There's a Reason", as a duo of Zutrau and Valle. Signed to Columbia Records, Wet was called the most promising group in music by The Fader in 2015.[8]

History[edit]

Wet is currently made up of members Kelly Zutrau and Joe Valle, and formerly Marty Sulkow.[6] The three met in New York through mutual friends while Sulkow and Valle were attending New York University and Zutrau was a student at Cooper Union.[9] Sulkow and Zutrau formed a band called Beauty Feast in 2007.[8] It grew to seven members but eventually dissolved.[8] Zutrau went on to the Rhode Island School of Design but continued to write music.[8] Sulkow and Valle became involved with her work and in 2012 the group moved in together in Sulkow's apartment in Bedford–Stuyvesant.[8]

Neon Gold and Wet[edit]

The group began booking gigs around Brooklyn and posting music online, gaining attention around 2013. Wet signed with the boutique record label Neon Gold during that same year. Neon Gold had a partnership with Columbia Records at the time Wet signed with them.[8] The label switched its partnership to Atlantic Records in 2014 and Wet subsequently signed with Columbia after fielding offers from numerous major labels.[8] On September 24, Neon Gold announced that Wet would be releasing a self-titled extended play.[10] It was released on October 3 and October 15 on their Bandcamp.[11]

Don't You[edit]

The group moved to Western Massachusetts in 2014 where they began working on their debut album under Columbia.[8] The album, titled Don't You, was released on January 29, 2016.[12] The album peaked at number 55 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[13]

In October 2016, the band released a pair of singles, "The Middle" and "Turn Away".[14]

Still Run[edit]

In March 2018, the band released a single "There's a Reason" as a duo consisting of Zutrau and Valle;[15] Andrew Sarlo is also credited as a producer.[16] On April 13, 2018, the band released "Softens", the second song from their upcoming album.[17]

Members[edit]

  • Kelly Zutrau – lead vocals
  • Joe Valle – production[18]
  • Marty Sulkow – guitar (2012–2017)[19]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peaks
US
[20]
AUS
[21]
CAN
[22]
UK
[23]
Don't You 76 77 55 184
Still Run
  • Released: July 13, 2018
  • Label: Columbia
55

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Wet
  • Released: October 3, 2013
  • Label: Neon Gold
  • Formats: 10", digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Details
"The Middle" / "Turn Away"
  • Released: October 21, 2016
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming, cassette
"There's a Reason"
  • Released: March 9, 2018
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
"Softens"
  • Released: April 13, 2018
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
"Lately"
  • Released: May 11, 2018
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
"Old Bone / Trust No Man"
  • Released: February 15, 2019
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
"This Fog"
  • Released: March 20, 2020
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
"Come to You"
  • Released: May 7, 2020
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

References[edit]

  1. ^ Monger, Timothy. "Wet | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved July 23, 2016. Soulful electronic indie trio Wet ... into their minimalist, electronic indie pop.
  2. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (February 21, 2014). "Scouting Report: Alt-R&B Trio Wet". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  3. ^ McCown-Levy, Alex (January 29, 2016). "Wet soaks its debut album with a deluge of homogenous effects". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  4. ^ Partridge, Kenneth (February 10, 2016). "Synth-Poppers Wet's Debut 'Don't You' Is Lovely – But Forgettable: Album Review". Billboard. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Frere-Jones, Sasha (October 31, 2015). "Wet ends a brief tour at the Fonda, and begins a much bigger story". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Cooper, Duncan (March 9, 2018). "Wet are back, triumphantly". The Fader. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  7. ^ Lanham, Tom (February 25, 2015). "Kelly Zutrau of Wet paints a song". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Cooper, Duncan (March 4, 2015). "Wet Has What It Takes To Make Everyone Care About An Indie Band". The Fader. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  9. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (February 13, 2014). "Wet: Why You Need to Know This Brooklyn Trio". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "GOLD047: WET – Neon Gold Records". neon.gold. Retrieved 2017-03-13.
  11. ^ "Wet, by Wet". Wet. Retrieved 2017-03-13.
  12. ^ "Don't You by Wet on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Wet - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-03-13.
  14. ^ Robinson, Collin (2016-10-20). "Wet – "The Middle" & "Turn Away"". Stereogum. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  15. ^ Cooper, Duncan (March 9, 2018). "Wet are back, triumphantly". The Fader. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  16. ^ Israelsohn, Sophie (9 March 2018). "Wet – "There's A Reason"". Stereogum. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  17. ^ Colburn, Randall (April 13, 2018). "Wet shares tender new single, "Softens": Stream". COS. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Joe Valle Talks Wet's New Album and Performing in Boston". Retrieved 2017-03-13.
  19. ^ "im marty on Instagram". Instagram.
  20. ^ "Wet – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  21. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing ~ 8 February 2016" (PDF) (1354). Pandora Archive. February 8, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  22. ^ "Wet – Chart history: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  23. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 6.02.2016 (wk5)". Zobbel.de. Retrieved October 4, 2016.

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