All photos: Lotanna Obodozie
These days, it seems that every new band is from Brooklyn; and whatever’s in the water over there seems to be working for Wet- the latest and greatest from the area. Kelly Zutrau, Martin Sulkow and Joe Valle began making music together when they were students in New York, and since then, the trio has released a self-titled EP. The band crafts the perfect blend of minimal electronic, R&B, and pop, drawing from all three genres to create their signature sound. Similarly, their impressive contrast of dreamy instrumentals against evocative lyricism captured the attention of the packed U Street Music Hall this past Saturday.
Their set began with the opener to their self-titled debut EP, “Dreams,” and it was immediately obvious that this was a crowd that came prepared. They knew all of the words to their songs and sang along throughout. The song was followed by an as of yet unreleased song, “Deadwater,” which was then followed by the highlight of the set, “You’re The Best.” It was for this song that the crowd cheered and sang the loudest. The band continued with a slow burner, “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl.” This song is a demonstration of Wet at their prime: woozy instrumentals and emotionally charged lyrics. Their performance was heartfelt and earnest and showed that they are a group that knows exactly what they are doing. Wet then ended their short, yet sweet, set with three new songs, and I can only wait until their new material is released.
– Lotanna Obodozie