Wet Leg covers the song ‘Smoko’ from Australian punk The Chats – watch it below.
The Isle of Wight duo are currently set to perform at the three-day music festival Splendor in the Grass, which begins today (22 July). Their synth-y, deadpan cover of ‘Smoko’, the breakout of the hit 2017 by Sunshine Coast trio The Chats, was released today by Australian youth broadcaster Triple J.
Ryan Teasdale of Wet Leg donned a pair of Speed Dealer sunglasses for the cover in a clear tribute to The Chats’ frontman Eamon Sandwith and his fondness for eyewear. Watch it below:
In an accompanying interview, Wet Leg’s Hester Chambers revealed that Teasdale was the one who introduced him to ‘Smoko’. “Chat is the epitome of joy and fun and not too serious in a grim world. Seriously,” Chambers said (somewhat tentatively).
Teasdale said it was “nerve-breaking” to cover ‘Smoko’. “The Reason [the song] Good because it’s The Chats, so it’s good because it’s they’re doing it. Yes, we were hitting bricks. Are we allowed to hit bricks? excellent.”
The chats have since reacted to the wet leg cover, sharing a snippet of their instagram story and writing: “Love you wet leg, this rule.”
Wet Leg also performed ‘Ur Mum’ for Triple J from his self-titled debut album. Check it out below.
Both The Chats and Wet Leg will perform at Splendor in the Grass this weekend. Wet Leg will perform today, while Chat will play tomorrow.
Next month, The Chats will release their second album, ‘Get Bullshit’. So far, he has shared singles including ‘I’ve Been Drunk in Every Pub in Brisbane’ and ‘6L GTR’.
The wet leg was recently featured on the cover of his own song ‘Wet Dream’ by Harry Styles, who played the song for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.