Wet (band)

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Wet
Wet Summit Music Hall 03.19.10 (47378702292).jpg
Kelly Zutrau of Wet performing in March 2019
Background information
OriginBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres
Years active2012–present
Labels
Members
  • Kelly Zutrau
  • Joe Valle
  • Marty Sulkow
Websitewet.band

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.[6] In March 2018, Wet released a single, "There's a Reason", as a duo of Zutrau and Valle. Signed to Columbia Records, Wet was named the most promising group in music by The Fader in 2015.[7]

History[edit]

Members Kelly Zutrau, Joe Valle, and Marty Sulkow met in New York through mutual friends while Sulkow and Valle were attending New York University and Zutrau was a student at Cooper Union.[8] Sulkow and Zutrau formed a band called Beauty Feast in 2007.[7] It grew to seven members but eventually dissolved.[7] Zutrau went on to the Rhode Island School of Design, but continued to write music.[7] Sulkow and Valle became involved with her work and in 2012 the group moved in together in Sulkow's apartment in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.[7]

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.[7] The label switched its partnership to Atlantic Records in 2014 and Wet subsequently signed with Columbia after fielding offers from numerous major labels.[7] On September 24, Neon Gold announced that Wet would be releasing a self-titled extended play.[9] It was released on October 3 and October 15 on the band's Bandcamp page.[10]

Don't You[edit]

The group moved to Western Massachusetts in 2014 where they began working on their debut album under Columbia.[7] The album, titled Don't You, was released on January 29, 2016.[11] It reached number 76 on the Billboard 200 and number 55 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[12][13]

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

Still Run[edit]

Following Sulkow's departure in 2017 due to creative differences,[15][16] Wet released the single "There's a Reason" in March 2018 as a duo consisting of Zutrau and Valle;[17] Andrew Sarlo is also credited as a producer.[18] On April 13, 2018, the band released "Softens", the second song from their then-upcoming second studio album, Still Run.[19]

Letter Blue[edit]

Sulkow rejoined Wet in 2021 for their third studio album, Letter Blue, released on October 22, 2021, by AWAL, after the band parted ways with Columbia Records.[20][21]

Members[edit]

  • Kelly Zutrau – lead vocals
  • Joe Valle – production[22]
  • Marty Sulkow – guitar (2012–2017, 2021–present)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peaks
US
[12]
AUS
[23]
CAN
[13]
UK
[24]
Don't You 76 77 55 184
Still Run
  • Released: July 13, 2018
  • Label: Columbia
55
Letter Blue
  • Released: October 22, 2021
  • Label: AWAL
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Wet

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 June 30, 2022.
  3. ^ McCown-Levy, Alex (January 29, 2016). "Wet soaks its debut album with a deluge of homogenous effects". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  4. ^ Partridge, Kenneth (February 10, 2016). "Synth-Poppers Wet's Debut 'Don't You' Is Lovely – But Forgettable: Album Review". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  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. ^ Lanham, Tom (February 25, 2015). "Kelly Zutrau of Wet paints a song". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (February 13, 2014). "Wet: Why You Need to Know This Brooklyn Trio". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  9. ^ "GOLD047: WET – Neon Gold Records". Neon Gold Records. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "Wet, by Wet". Bandcamp. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  11. ^ "Don't You by Wet". iTunes Store. January 29, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Wet Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  13. ^ a b "Wet Chart History (Billboard Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  14. ^ Robinson, Collin (October 20, 2016). "Wet – "The Middle" & "Turn Away"". Stereogum. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  15. ^ Horn, Olivia (July 17, 2018). "Wet: Still Run". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  16. ^ Havens, Lyndsey (June 29, 2018). "How Wet Regrouped, and Made Its Best Project Yet, After a Founding Member Left". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  17. ^ Cooper, Duncan (March 9, 2018). "Wet are back, triumphantly". The Fader. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  18. ^ Israelsohn, Sophie (March 9, 2018). "Wet – "There's A Reason"". Stereogum. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  19. ^ Colburn, Randall (April 13, 2018). "Wet shares tender new single, "Softens": Stream". Consequence. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  20. ^ Gomez, Jade (August 4, 2021). "Wet Announce New Album Letter Blue, Share Single "Larabar"". Paste. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  21. ^ Zutrau, Kelly (October 25, 2021). "Wet's Kelly Zutrau On Knowing When – and How – To Leave a Major Label Deal". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 26, 2021.
  22. ^ "Joe Valle of Wet on Jimmy Fallon, Working Under a Major Label & Coming Home to Perform in Boston". Boston Common. February 24, 2016. Archived from the original on March 14, 2017. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  23. ^ "Chartifacts" (PDF). The ARIA Report. No. 1354. February 8, 2016. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 15, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  24. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 6.02.2016 (wk5)". Zobbel.de. Retrieved October 4, 2016.

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