Wet Leg

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Wet Leg
Wet Leg performing in 2022
Background information
OriginIsle of Wight, England
Genres
Years active2019–present
LabelsDomino
MembersRhian Teasdale
Hester Chambers
Websitewetlegband.com

Wet Leg are a British indie rock group from the Isle of Wight, founded in 2019 by Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers. They debuted with the single "Chaise Longue" in 2021. Their self-titled debut album debuted in 2022 at number one on the UK Albums Chart, Australia's ARIA Albums Chart and the Irish Albums Chart. The album was shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize. At the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, Wet Leg won Best Alternative Music Album for their debut and Best Alternative Music Performance for "Chaise Longue", and were nominated for Best New Artist.[1][2] They also won Best New Artist and Best British Group at the 2023 Brit Awards.

History[edit]

Early lives[edit]

Merseyside-born Teasdale moved from Formby to the Isle of Wight when she was eight.[3] She performed for many years on the Isle of Wight as a local musician and pianist,[4] and prior to forming Wet Leg, was known as RHAIN and was linked to the music scene in Bristol.[5] As RHAIN, Teasdale performed her song "Humdrum Drivel" in 2013.[6] In 2014 she was photographed by Cosmopolitan magazine while attending the Isle of Wight music festival.[7]

2019–present: band beginnings and first studio album[edit]

Teasdale and Chambers first met at Platform One College of Music on the Isle of Wight while studying.[8] After ten years of friendship, they formed a band in 2019 under the name Wet Leg,[9] and later signed with Domino Recording Company.[10][11] Several different explanations have been given for how the band name came to be. According to a December 2021 interview, they chose the name by playing a game of picking different emoji combinations.[12] In an interview with Diffus posted on YouTube in April 2022, the band stated that their name came from an Isle of Wight epithet to describe non-locals on the island; those who had crossed the Solent to reach the isle were said to have a wet leg from getting off the boat.[13]

Playing at the Electric Ballroom in 2022

The band's debut single, "Chaise Longue", was released on 15 June 2021,[14] and gained media notice for earning millions of streams and video views.[15] Their second single, "Wet Dream", was released on 28 September 2021. Variety noted, "It's rare that a new group releases two songs and they're both great". They appeared on Later... with Jools Holland on BBC2, on 30 October 2021.[16] On 29 November 2021, they announced their debut self-titled album, released on 8 April 2022 via Domino. The same day, Wet Leg released the double-single "Too Late Now" / "Oh No".[17]

In 2022, they toured the UK playing songs from their first album. It was then announced that they would tour Australia and New Zealand as the support band for Harry Styles's Oceanic leg of Love On Tour in 2023.[18] Wet Leg appeared on Later... with Jools Holland in November 2021 and returned for the first part of his next series in May 2022.[19]

In an interview with Andrew Ford of ABC in Australia in July 2022, Wet Leg clarified that a comment about a completed second album in a previous interview[20] was "a big joke". "We haven't got a second album; we haven't had any time to write".[21]

Wet Leg received three nominations at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Best Alternative Music Performance ("Chaise Longue") and Best Alternative Music Album.[1] Of these, they won the Grammys for Best Alternative Music Performance and Best Alternative Music Album.[22] Wet Leg won Best New Artist and Group of the Year at the Brit Awards 2023 where they performed "Chaise Longue" with the prog Morris dance troup, Boss Morris, and their Morris beasts.[23]

Wet Leg performed at Coachella in April 2023,[24] where they were joined on-stage by Dave Grohl during their performance of "Ur Mum".[25]

On 6 July 2023, Wet Leg remixed Depeche Mode's track "Wagging Tongue", the second single from their Memento Mori album.[26]

Members[edit]

Wet Leg performing at The Truman in Kansas City on 6 December 2022

Current members

  • Rhian Teasdale – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2019–present)
  • Hester Chambers – lead guitar, backing and occasional lead vocals (2019–present)

Current touring musicians

  • Henry Holmes – drums, percussion (2020–present)[27]
  • Josh Mobaraki – additional guitars, synthesizer, backing vocals (2020–present)[27]
  • Ellis Durand – bass, backing vocals (2021–present)[27]

Former touring musicians and songwriting

  • Michael Champion – bass (2019–2021)[28]

Discography[edit]

Wet Leg discography
Studio albums1
Music videos6
EPs1
Singles6

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with release date and label shown
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[29]
AUS
[30]
GER
[31]
IRE
[32]
JPN
[33]
NLD
[34]
NZ
[35]
SWE
[36]
SWI
[37]
US
[38]
Wet Leg
  • Released: 8 April 2022[39]
  • Label: Domino
  • Formats: CD, DD, LP, CS
1 1 8 4 64 10 4 59 11 14

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Apple Music Home Session: Wet Leg
  • Released: 4 February 2022
  • Label: Domino
  • Formats: Streaming

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[29]
UK
Indie

[41]
JPN
Over.

[42]
US
AAA

[43]
US
Alt

[44]
US
Rock
Air.

[45]
"Chaise Longue" 2021 74 13 18 15 21 Wet Leg
"Wet Dream"[46] 74 7 19 25 36
"Too Late Now" 35
"Oh No"
"Angelica" 2022 38 22 41
"Ur Mum" 46
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"Chaise Longue" 2021 Wet Leg
"Wet Dream"
"Too Late Now" Fred Rowson
"Oh No"[47] 2022 Wet Leg
"Angelica"
"Ur Mum" Lavaland

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2022 Libera Awards Breakthrough Artist/Release "Chaise Longue" Won [48]
Video of the Year Won
Best Sync Usage "Chaise Longue" in Gossip Girl episode 5 Nominated
AIM Independent Music Awards UK Independent Breakthrough Wet Leg Won [49]
PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Artist Nominated
Best Independent Track "Chaise Longue" Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Push Performance of the Year Nominated [50]
Mercury Prize Album of the Year Wet Leg Nominated [51]
UK Music Video Awards Best Rock Video - Newcomer "Ur Mum" Nominated [52]
"Wet Dream" Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Push Wet Leg Nominated [53]
2023 Grammy Awards Best New Artist Nominated [1]
Best Alternative Music Performance "Chaise Longue" Won
Best Alternative Music Album Wet Leg Won
Brit Awards British Album of the Year Nominated [54]
Best New Artist Wet Leg Won
Best British Group Won
Best British Rock/Alternative Act Nominated
Ivor Novello Awards Songwriter of the Year Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers Won [55][56]
Libera Awards Record of the Year Wet Leg Won [57][58]
Best Alternative Rock Record Won
Marketing Genius Won
Best Live/Livestream Act US Tour 2022 Nominated
Best Remix "Too Late Now (Soulwax Remix)" Won
Video of the Year "Ur Mom" Won
2024 Grammy Awards Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical "Wagging Tongue (Wet Leg Remix)" Won [1]

References[edit]

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  42. ^ Peaks on the Japan Overseas chart:
  43. ^ Peaks on the Adult Alternative Airplay chart:
  44. ^ Peaks on the Alternative Airplay chart:
  45. ^ Peaks on the Rock & Alternative Airplay chart:
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