Four tour stops in NYC, all immediately sold out. Two late night TV performances, most recently on Jimmy Fallon. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to make the case that Wet Leg, the UK duo and recent critical darlings, do not deserve their meteoric rise. An argument that has nothing to do, I’m sure, with the fact the band is fronted by two women who perform indie rock, a genre which notoriously male dominated.
I, myself, credit their rise to the lack of their brand of ebullient, funny, smart, and sardonic rock music in the indie scene. As much as I do love the slower, maybe morose is the wrong word, but definitely more muted and sorrowful stock of current indie darlings, there seems to be a fear of bpms over 160 and loud guitars run through a daisy chain of pedals. Wet Leg do not have any such fear, and they proved so at their sold out Brooklyn Steel show on March 10th.
The show was an upgrade from the 300 cap Baby’s All Right show were I had seen them last (read the review of that show here), to Brooklyn Steel’s 1800 (this show itself was moved from Music Hall of Williamsburg due to demand), and the band didn’t even break a sweat selling it out. Nor were they daunted by the large room which became part dance floor, part good natured mosh pit during their 15 song set which include all the tracks on their forthcoming self-titled debut album. Based on their trajectory I fully expect the band to sell out a couple nights at MSG upon their return, which again, they’d fully deserve!
Scroll down for pics of the show (photos by Emilio Herce)