“Dripping with pure emotional intensity, Lute's voice resonates through a crushing guitar presence...the disc is a raw and captivating aural retreat” — Kyle Riesz – Uweekly Magazine
“Their sound is stunning...it’s absolutely captivating...sweet and powerful.” – Debbie W. – Loud and Upfront Magazine
“Big swells of electric guitar, crashing percussion and a voice far prettier than any we’ve heard in a while, The Wet Darlings are a band that pulls a bigger punch than they let on at first.” – Sam Gordon – Reviewsic (Chicago)
“A blend of sweltering big vocal sing-a-longs that you can reasonably bop your indie
head to.” – 614 Magazine.
Formed in 2008, The Wet Darlings display the grand spectacle of what happens when a small-town church girl falls in with musical city boys. Columbus, Ohio’s most ambitious female-fronted rock group are currently touring select cities in support of their second EP, So Long, Lover (released on March 15th, 2011). Produced by Grammy Award-winner Jeff Ciampa (Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans), the 6-song EP picks up where their first disc, X, left off. Together, the 11-song collection represents two stages of development and a full album’s worth of material.
The Darlings dig deeper on So Long Lover. Singer Jenny Lute is in soul-laid-bare mode for the entire six-song disk, wringing her hands and her broken heart in songs like “After All,” “Graduation (Go On)” and the title track, “So Long Lover.” When she’s not playing the sacrificial lamb, she’s channeling the searing edge of rock goddess Lucinda Williams and the emotional complexity of Jeff Buckley. But, like, way prettier.
Don’t worry, they really don’t take themselves too seriously. The sarcastic-as-hell track (and first single) “Big Ups,” features a bouncy piano, Sgt. Pepper-era horns, and a hook that delineates just how much the band could give a shit—the soundtrack to the most cordial, and most knife-like, kiss-off you’ve ever heard made the top five most requested songs in the Columbus radio market on CD101FM (102.5 FM) nearly thirty times beginning in early May, and was added to regular rotation with new releases by The Beastie Boys, Radiohead, Foo Fighters and more.
One woman on the verge backed by three boys who know their way around a whiskey bar. Wiltingly melancholy? Sometimes. Emotionally wounded? Sure. Swampy boot stompers? Fuckin’ A. Call them glossy lipstick rock or quarter-livers who are just trying to figure it all out. As long as you’re calling them, they don’t really care.
In addition to being named one of Columbus Alive’s “Bands to Watch,” in 2011, The
Wet Darlings played a pre-show slot for Kings of Leon at the Value City Arena in the
fall of 2009, opened for British indie dance-rockers Deluka in the summer 2010, and
were on the bill of Midpoint Music Fest 2010.
The Wet Darlings are Jenny Lute (Vocals, Keys), Bill Patterson (Guitar), Joe Patterson (Bass), Aaron Bishara (Drums)