Wet Brings Indie Soundwaves to Northampton

Phoebe Flynn ’18
Staff Writer

In the dead of winter, Wet felt like an island getaway. Perhaps prompted by the name, the band’s sound instantly evoked the sound of crashing waves – calming but forceful. The group canceled Sunday night’s performance due to winter storm Jonas but made it through the snow for a Monday night rescheduling. Hailing from Brooklyn, the indie electronic trio met while going to school together. Now Wet is touring across the U.S. and Europe promoting their newly released album, “Don’t You.”

Wet is minimalist indie electronica at its finest. Its bare-bones sound is a breath of fresh air amongst a musical landscape composed of hammering EDM beats and autotune. Glittery guitars and ghostly synths compose each song, perfectly complimenting Kelly Zutrau’s vocals, breathy and falsetto but entrancing and commanding nonetheless.

Wet reminds us that water at its best is active, not passive. Zutrau swings sweetly, but Wet’s lyrics pack a punch. “I don’t wanna be your girl no more,” Zutrau moans over haunting instrumentation. Wet’s live act was as minimalist and unassuming as their recordings. Low spotlights and little added dialogue between songs demonstrated that Wet was there for the music. Monday night at the Iron Horse was less moshpit, more swaying lighters.

From start to finish, the show felt like the genesis of something. Wet already has quite a name for themselves, playing with established indie sweethearts CHVRCHES and receiving much attention on music blogs across the web. But before the Friday release of “Don’t You,” Wet was ultimately a band of singles.

“Don’t You” is the brain-child of a hard-earned long-distance band relationship. Wet has witnessed a transformation from GarageBand demos emailed between Providence and Los Angeles to a full album released on the prominent record label Columbia. The show at the Iron Horse displayed the freshness of the start of a new album on tour. No songs were tired, delivered instead with an excited timidness that comes with the showcase of any brand new, creative product. The audience caught a glimpse into their soon-to-be-released album four days early, even enjoying the pleasure of being the first audience to ever hear certain songs live.

Wet is a bright prospect for the future of pop music. Citing influences such as TLC, Destiny’s Child and Usher, Wet looks to popular music they grew up with to inform the music they create today. With nearly one million YouTube views already on “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl,” Wet has already reached fairly large audiences. After the recent debut of its new album “Don’t You,” it’s all up from here.  Wet promises to bring indie electronic to the mainstream, one soundwave at a time.

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