Just like their name suggests, Wet Nuns’ the self-titled debut is all disgusting, we-don’t-give-a-fuck-what-you-think, energetic rock. From the outset, it’s full of killer riffs: blues-inspired, 70s-indebted, dad rock-influenced rock. The time signature changes in ‘Throttle’ are typical of a prog record, and the riff that ‘Broken Teeth’ is based around is straight-up stoner-metal.
The vibe throughout is very tongue in cheek. Somehow it’s obvious that the line “I live my life with the taste of blood in my mouth” isn’t a deep pondering on mental health, but rather just a badass phrase that sprang to mind whilst writing the song. Their unashamed self-awareness presents a feeling of playful joviality. Despite this, ‘Only Sometimes’, the central track of the record, is brimmed full of emotion. The guitar and vocals whine around each other, all the time being driven forward by tight drumming.
Clearly, the duo’s debut record is nothing groundbreaking; but clearly, it isn’t supposed to be. Wet Nuns is the sound of two blokes from Sheffield playing rock music exactly how they want to play it, and really not caring about anything else. Yes, it’s often horrendously cheesy, and yes there are moments of inspiration, but none of this matters. Wet Nuns is just a whole lot of fun.
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