Welsh Music Wednesday #10 – WETPAINTTT



From: Cardiff

Influences: (as taken from the band’s Soundcloud) Arctic Monkeys, Kings Of Leon, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Orwells.

WETPAINTTT are an alternative indie rock and roll five piece specialising in rhythmic riffs, consistently strong basslines and smooth percussion; teamed with nonchalant vocal harmonies and some fancy head-wear, WETPAINTTT create effortless indie anthems, reminiscent of nights spent in the dark corner of your favourite dingy haunt, surrounded by bottle tops and a haze of cigarette smoke.

Forming in early 2013, WETPAINTTT have played a number of shows over the years in and around South Wales and beyond. Performing frequently with fellow Welsh bands, Alt Scribe regulars The Cradles, and former Welsh Music Wednesday features, Them Dead Beats, WETPAINTTT are slowly but surely establishing themselves as a live band in the Cardiff music scene. On stage, WETPAINTTT appear slick and confident but not overly polished, this is well-matched with their savvy image. To continue building their reputation as a live band, WETPAINTTT recently embarked on a tour of South Wales to promote the release of their debut EP ‘Black‘.

The tour included dates at two of Wales’ most iconic small venues, Le Pub in Newport and Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach. The Cardiff show, in particular was a success, with support from The Plan, The Johnstown Flood and The Drains.

The EP itself is a result of two years work. The deliberately lethargic ‘Narcotics‘ was a track originally released as a demo and now features on WETPAINTTT’s fully formed and impressive debut release on LUCKYMAN Records.  ‘Black‘ also happens to be the first record the newly established label have released.

The opening track ‘Ballad of the Brown‘ with its droning vocals over steady riffs, sets the mellow, atmospheric tone for the EP. The tempo picks up with the catchy, hook-driven ‘12.9.5‘. The riffs get stronger, the drums get faster and the vocals get louder and used to rough, gravelly effect rather than their usual sound. This is carried through by the next track, ‘16 Weeks‘, which feels slightly more upbeat in comparison to WETPAINTTT’s usual style, but it works just as well. The resonant sound returns, however, with ‘Narcotics‘, the transition between varied styles works well and it’s clear that care has been taken to fit the songs in the right places on the EP. ‘Black‘ rounds off with the brilliant track ‘Animal‘ which eases you in with a light-paced opening but soon hits you with a drum-heavy, lick-laden, indie thrill, with some subtle group vocals that build up to an anthemic climax, ‘Animal‘ is one of WETPAINTTT’s strongest songs.

WETPAINTTT are a band to look out for in the near future, you can pick up a physical copy of their EP at one of their live shows, but for now, you can stream it here.

Header photo cropped from album artwork, designed by Alix Williams.





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