indie’s newest heroes rise to the occasion

In just over a year, Wet Leg went from their first headlining show at London’s 320 capacity Omeara to two sold out nights at the 2300 capacity O2 Forum Kentish Town. Along the way there have been support slots with the likes of Sports Team, Declan McKenna and IDLES, as well as Grammy and Mercury Prize nominations, numerous live TV appearances and their own dizzying headlining tours on both sides of the globe. Atlantic. It’s undoubtedly been a meteoric rise for one of the most exciting and interesting guitar bands around, but there are no signs of growing pains on stage tonight.

Opening with a thundering “Being In Love” and the bouncy swagger of “Wet Dream” (complete with synchronized claps), Wet Leg has a full house in the palm of its hand from the get-go. “Damned Nora! What the hell,” Rhian Teasdale exclaims as she watches the good-natured carnage wrought by the swinging ‘Supermarket’. “That’s cute,” she adds, with a smile.

A more streamlined version of the set they played on their April tour, Wet Leg are playing tonight for just 45 minutes, but every second counts. Hester Chambers’ “Convincing” is a blast of spaghetti western escapism, while the grunge-pop of “I Don’t Wanna Go Out” is dreamy yet attention-grabbing.

The entire performance is elegant, relying heavily on the anthems of their self-titled debut album “instant classic”. Even their unreleased tracks are treated as indie disco staples, though: “I Want To Be Abducted (By A UFO)” sees the band veer into urgent garage punk, while the Wolf Alice-inspired “Obvious” begins with Teasdale from alone on stage before the beautiful track bares its teeth as the rest of the band joins in.

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Wet Leg performs at O2 Forum Kentish Town on 23 November 2022 in London (Photo: Lorne Thomson/Redferns)

Live, Wet Leg really amplify the dynamic exuberance of their music. A swift “Too Late Now” shakes the foundations of the room before breathless singing erupts throughout the venue, as “Angelica” confidently swings between industrial rage and gleaming indie. The crowd follows every surprising move, as Wet Leg embraces playful freedom.

Throughout the set, the band delivers messages of self-expression, self-empowerment and breaking down the expectations of others, but only if you look for them in their songs. Otherwise, it’s just good times, always.

From the cathartic, communal howl of “Ur Mum” to the final fury of “Chaise Longue” – accompanied tonight by an avalanche of confetti and a masquerade stage invasion – Wet Leg live up to every promise of guitar hero in their own unique way. Despite the hype, the band is still having a great time, which is good, because stadiums are literally waiting for them next year.

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Wet Leg Played:

‘Being in love’
“Wet Dream”
“I don’t want to go out”
‘Oh no’
“I want to be abducted (by a UFO)”
“Your mom”
‘Too late now’
‘Chaise longue’

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