Wet Nuns

It’s pretty clear that Wet Nuns are obsessed with blood and butchery. Grizzly videos featuring carcass dissections and pierced flesh are soundtracked with driving lo-fi garage that takes the surf-rock aesthetic to an altogether darker place. It's clear the Yorkshire duo draw as much inspiration from the beardy weirdness of Texas Chainsaw Massacre as they do music of The White Stripes, Wooden Shjips or Earth, so we were keen to find out more...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 26 Jun 2013
  • min read
It’s pretty clear that Wet Nuns are obsessed with blood and butchery. Grizzly videos featuring carcass dissections and pierced flesh are soundtracked with driving lo-fi garage that takes the surf-rock aesthetic to an altogether darker place.

Flirting with horror film visuals and lyrics from beyond the grave, the Sheffield and Leeds duo make honest, dirty rock with crashing basslines and driving riffs. They are unafraid to embrace old rock n roll clichés and seem to draw as much inspiration from the beardy weirdness of Texas Chainsaw Massacre as they do music of The White Stripes, Wooden Shjips, Earth or Nine Inch Nails.

The pair have been hotly-tipped by just about everyone - from the NME, Q and Clash to BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens and even Arctic Monkeys' Matt Helders – and now have three headline tours under their belts.

Their latest EP Broken Teeth was recorded with Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, The Fall, MIA, The Kills) and earlier this year they launched their very own chaotic festival called Detestival.

We catch up with the grizzly duo to find out where all the darkness comes from…

We first started writing music because…
Well, we started a band... Everyone knows that guys in bands get loads of women and money, and can do whatever they like. We've got a long way to go before we get any of those things. The music is a pleasant by-product of being in a band.

We have been making music since…
About 2008. We met through a mutual friend to form Eternal Stench, a short-lived crust/power violence band. That sounds like a joke, but it's possibly the only true statement in this interview. When that fell apart, we began to mess about, playing blues songs as Wet Nuns. Now our broader influences have crept in and we're writing thrash tunes, doom, country and all sorts of rubbish.

Our music is…
Basically whatever we want it to be. We told ourselves that we don't want to be limited by style or genre. But it's generally in the 'heavy rock' vibe area.

You'll like us if you listen to...
Similar heavy-vibed rock ‘n’ roll. Lots of people have mentioned Clutch as a similar sound. We're not sure about that, but we definitely like a Southern rock-tinged feel to proceedings. But please, don't describe our sound as 'whiskey-soaked'. Clichés like that make us ill. And we prefer rum anyway.

Our favourite venue is…
Perhaps the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. We've only played in the smaller games room. But the main room is the best for watching other bands. Some of the best gigs we've been to there are The Ty Segall Band, Moon Duo, Temples, Fucked Up and Deer Tick.

Music is important because…
People need a soundtrack to their lives. Whether they're doing the washing up, strutting coolly into a bar, or eyeing up fellow passengers on a busy bus, they need a theme tune for all that.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Women and death. We write songs about things we know nothing about.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Enya. What a babe! Or maybe even the whole original line up of Clannad, and we could rescore Last Of The Mohicans.

To try us out, listen to our song…
Broken Teeth. It's the lead song from our recent EP of the same name. Nikki Sixx tweeted about it, which should give us a ton of kudos.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Alexis would be volunteering on a bear sanctuary in Minnesota. Rob would probably be an art teacher, with a ponytail.

In 10 years time we want to be...
Rich enough to fund a bear sanctuary in Minnesota. And an art school wherever.

http://wetnuns.com/
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