Names. It was the thing that caused the most consternation in our house upon the birth of my daughter. I liked the flowery names; Daisy, Poppy – stuff like that. My wife, however, like very traditional names like Elizabeth and Rachael, and needless to say, we hated eachothers choices. In the end, after a browse through my Jazz records, a name was agreed on. My son was much easier, we went straight to the Jazz records (duke and earl were unfortunately vetoed though).
Wet Nuns, the Sheffield death-blues duo, have also been struggling with names. After discounting ‘In da House’, Nashville Nostalgia, Happy Girthday, Flatcap Lumberjack and the Catflap Flapjacks, Huangpu River, Dead Pigs, Spitbubble Cathedral, Vibed Cubed, Groovy Sauna, Greatest Wets and finally Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (I’m not making that up, although I can’t vouch for how serious the boys were) they settled on…….Wet Nuns.
It’s been a big couple of years for the boys. They’ve received attention and support from a raft of people including (apart from ourselves, of course) Huw Stephen’s Arctic Monkeys Matt Helders, The Independent, The Guardian, Q, Clash, NME (bear with me, nearly there) Kerrang! and XFM, and went home with a Video of the Year gong from Artrocker Awards, for something that still gives us shivers even now.
Their live show is becoming legendary, and they are shoe-ins for festivals and shows across the globe, including SXSW and New York Sound City. But they didn’t stop there, curating their very own festival – detestival here in Sheffield that rightly sold out and received a host of plaudits. Now the boys are off out on a headline tour to support the album, and spread the gospel according to, well, beer, women, death and blues across the country. Tickets are on sale right now.
A single, out in September, is set to proceed the album which follows on October 7th. It’s out on their own label, err….., Throng of Nobs. Names, eh?
Wet Nuns UK Tour 2013
03rd Oct; London – Lexington
04th Oct; Birmingham – Belgrave Music Hall
09th Oct; Liverpool – East Village Arts Club
10th Oct; Manchester – Now Wave at Deaf Institute (supporting No Age)
11th Oct; Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
12th Oct; Bristol – Simple Things Festival
13th Oct; Sheffield – Queens Social Club