Thrash Hits Verdict: We admit to being shallow individuals at times. We’re far more likely to click a link to a band that someone suggests to us if said band have an awesome name. Similarly, we’re far more likely to click away from said band with an awesome name if they turn out to be rubbish. Wet Nuns are not rubbish. They describe themselves as an “undead two piece power-death-blues-punk band who makes middle-of-the-road dad rock songs about mainly women or death, or women AND death”. They are in fact, the filthy, sleazy, whiskey-soaked duo of guitarist, Rob Graham and drummer, Alexis Gotts, and they make music that makes us want to get in bar fights in the vain hope that it might impress hot girls with tattoos.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
A. Trapped. Boy.
How did you meet?
We were playing in a three-piece power violence band called Eternal Stench. When that came to an end we decided to continue as a 2-piece grindcore band who wore nuns habits and leather undies. Naturally that evolved into what you see and hear now.
What made you want to start a band?
Tits, or the prospect of. This has yet to happen. Though Alexis’ chest is starting to swell.
Now obviously ‘Wet Nuns’ is a class name for a band, but what provided you with the initial spark to settle on such a sleazy name?
Every other conversation we have is about stupid names for bands. Ones we’ve come up with today; Humid Bus, Blood and the Shits, Nut Roast and the Wisps. The best is Hammett’s Ranch, named after Kirk Hammett’s ranch. Somehow Wet Nuns was the first one we adopted.
Watch the NSFW video to ‘Throttle’ by Wet Nuns:
The video to ‘Throttle’…well, it’s something, isn’t it? What on Earth was going through your minds when you came up with the concept for it?
We sat in a city centre bar with the director, Darren Topliss, trying to come up with an idea for a video. Obviously a snuff film was the way forward. It was inspired by a hatred of the general public.
Be honest – did you basically start a band to convince hot girls in satanic nun outfits to lick your torsos?
It really is that obvious. It’s gonna be tough to top it. The only way we can make the next video more extreme is to have priests sucking us off.
Have you always lived in Sheffield, or did you move there after growing up somewhere else? How do you think it’s affected your music?
Alexis is from Royal Leamington Spa and Rob crawled out of the Devil’s arse aged 13. Crawling out of the Devil’s arse has had obvious effects on Rob’s tastes. Leamington Spa’s influence has had less measurable effect.
What are your non-musical influences?
Alan Partridge. Tits. Whiskey. Enya. Finding animal corpses. Beards. Cats wearing hats that say the word ‘Cats’ on them. Holographic pictures of Jesus. Watching crows fly backwards.
We’re not trying to take the piss, but since your own patter on your Soundcloud post for ‘Heavens Below’ mentions it we figured we ought to: why the American accent?
Why not? Sometimes we use it, sometimes we don’t. We’re also really good at Irish, Geordie, Welsh and South African accents.
And do people give you shit for it / not “get” it?
All the time. We’ve spent many minutes trying to convince people after gigs that we are genuinely American, then impress them with our really good Sheffield accents.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Definitely all the waiting around before gigs. Also sitting in vans for hours on end, and having no money at all.
With which band would your dream support slot/tour be?
Enya. Or at a push, Queens Of The Stone Age.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
There’s some great local bands; Palmela Handerson, Crågh, Steel Trees, Throng Of Nobs, Cry Havoc. And bands we’ve played with from other cities; Shields, Diet Pills, Manatees. We don’t really feel like part of any particular “scene”. We’re comfortable playing alongside doom bands or folk bands.
Watch the video to ‘Heavens Below’ by Wet Nuns:
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
We seem to be the only band called Wet Nuns. Apart from that Dutch punk band called The Wet Nuns.
What’s been the funniest show you’ve played?
We once played in an artspace when Rob was so drunk he couldn’t even stand, but he could play. Alexis got really stressed because his ex’s boyfriend was there and that meant we had to be “really good”. We managed four songs before giving up. There was more crowd-surfing than playing.
What other band should everyone find out about?
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats.
What have you got planned for the future?
Loads of gigs. An album that is an hour-long cover of ‘Breathe’ by Pink Floyd. A stadium tour supporting The Ramones perhaps? And a collaboration with Kate Bush called ‘Kaka’. Oh yeah, and our song ‘Throttle’ is up for free download from 05 March form our website.
As you’ve no doubt just read, Wet Nuns will be giving away their song ‘Throttle’ via their official website from 05 March. If you can’t even wait a week to get your hands on some free music from the pair, go over there and sign up to their mailing list now, and they’ll bung you a copy of ‘Heavens Below’ (as well as a slightly-pointless electro-remix of the track by Matt Helders from Arctic Monkeys. Yes, that Arctic Monkeys).
The duo are also in the middle of an extensive UK tour in support of their forthcoming single, so if they’re coming anywhere near you in the next month or so, why don’t you bust on down and show your face?
Wet Nuns UK Throttle tour dates
25 Hastings Brass Monkey
28 Southampton Joiners
29 Leicester Soundhouse
01 Manchester Trof
02 Edinburgh Electric Circus
03 Glasgow Berkeley Suites
09 Liverpool Shipping Forecast
10 Hull Fruit
16 Milton Keynes Sno! Bar
17 Bedford Esquires
21 Bristol Start The Bus
22 Bath Moles
23 Truro Bunters
24 Aldershot West End Centre
27 York Fibbers
29 Camden Blues Kitchen