When Hester Chambers was in center college, she wrote in her yearbook that she wished to be one in all two issues: a tattoo artist—or in a band.
It turned out to be prescient. In late 2020, a couple of week earlier than Moist Leg, the band she fashioned in 2019 along with her pal Rhian Teasdale, signed to Domino Information, Chambers, 28, inked a water droplet stuffed in with a smiley face on Teasdale’s leg. They have been nonetheless satisfied the deal might fall by way of, so the tattoo was a reminder: “No matter occurs, we’ll nonetheless carry on doing this—even when Domino do come to their senses and are like, ‘Hah!’” Teasdale, 29, mentioned not too long ago over video chat.
The deal, nonetheless, didn’t fall by way of. As an alternative, over the previous 12 months—because the launch of their first single, the witty, wordplay-dense “Chaise Longue,” final June—Moist Leg has change into one of the vital talked-about rising bands on the planet; their forthcoming album (out Friday), one of the vital anticipated. With simply 5 singles launched, they’ve offered out reveals in New York, Los Angeles, and London and carried out on a lot of the main late-night reveals. The style trade has, notably, taken discover of Moist Leg—Saint Laurent tapped the band to carry out at its pre-Oscars celebration. At a March live performance in New York, I noticed a cluster of followers within the entrance row sporting lobster claws, which function prominently in the music video for “Wet Dream,” the band’s equally sly second single.
Moist Leg, the album, opens with “Being in Love,” a standout that units the tone for the document. “The world is caving in and I’m sort of struggling,” Teasdale sings over a fuzzed-out guitar, “however I sort of prefer it ’trigger it appears like being in love.” They’ve mentioned they wished their songs to be enjoyable and humorous (“Chaise Longue” encompasses a “Imply Ladies” reference and the lyric “on the chaise longue” repeated an incalculable variety of occasions), however the music can also be shot by way of with a strand of disillusionment—a dissatisfaction with the way in which issues are, be it a poisonous romance or the straightforward want to go house from a celebration. “I see a previous model of myself within the lyrics,” Teasdale mentioned. “It’s like a snapshot in time.”
Moist Leg appeared to emerge absolutely fashioned final summer time, because of their acerbic lyrics and cohesive cottagecore-meets-punk visible aesthetic. Teasdale and Chambers each grew up on the Isle of Wight, an island off the south coast of England (inhabitants: 142,296), and studied music on the college there. They every labored on solo music tasks after graduating, however by the point they joined as much as begin Moist Leg, they’d largely deserted their aspirations of creating it as touring musicians. Teasdale had discovered a brand new calling as a wardrobe assistant for commercials and music movies; Chambers was working at her household’s jewellery enterprise. Moist Leg was presupposed to be a aspect mission, only for enjoyable. “It’s sort of humorous,” Teasdale mentioned, “as quickly as we stopped making an attempt to make something out of [our] music, we obtained actually busy with it.”
They started writing “Chaise Longue” in December 2019, simply a few months in the beginning shut down. Then, in the course of the peak of the pandemic, they discovered a supervisor, signed their document contract, and wrote and recorded their album. The lockdowns continued, and Chambers and Teasdale wished to work on one thing productive, so that they determined to direct, shoot, and edit the music video for “Chaise Longue” themselves. However because the band has taken off, and its members have gotten busier, they’ve ceded some inventive management; they directed “Moist Dream” with the assistance of a small manufacturing workforce, and the latest video, for “Ur Mum,” was directed by their pal, the musician and artist Lava La Rue. La Rue, 23, attributed a part of the specificity of their sound and look to their origins on the Isle of Wight: “There’s one thing very particular that they spent a variety of time on this island,” they mentioned. “That brings a refreshing sort of perspective on their music and their style.”
Blowing up has introduced alternatives; within the fall, Moist Leg will open for Florence and the Machine throughout a handful of enviornment reveals. However conserving in contact with family and friends again house whereas they’re on the highway has been robust, Teasdale mentioned. So has discovering new, trusted collaborators to take over a few of the issues they’re accustomed to doing themselves.
“It’s a little bit of a circus, isn’t it?” she went on. “Once we began the band, we didn’t take into consideration interviews and photoshoots and every thing that goes together with it. That’s been…” Chambers minimize in: “That’s been robust. However among the best issues is that though there’s numerous big scary stuff, we aren’t alone. I’ve Rhi, and now we have the band. It’s good help.” Teasdale agreed. “It’s actually, actually key in conserving it enjoyable.”