Wet Denim
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Wet Denim

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2012

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Established on Jan, 2012
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Wet Denim formed in 2012. The idea originated from Eleanor King when she proposed the idea of having a four-piece band to Victoria Parker. Soon after Jess Lewis climbed on board shortly followed by Leigh Dotey. The four-piece femme fatal shared responsibilities with song writing and switching around on instruments. In December 2013 they cocooned themselves into a urban cottage located in the south
shore of Nova Scotia and recorded their first album self titled Wet Denim. The band had been making some serious waves in Halifax. They have played the local circuit
and festivals such as Pop Explosion and Sappy Fest. However it wasn’t too long after, that their drummer/bass player Leigh Dotey was getting quite busy with her other musical project Cousins and had to leave the band. Now the three musicians have been finding their groove and claim that this may have been what they were looking for the whole time. It has given them what they need to focus on a sound they can
all vibe on. They are currently recording their second album and this one is sure to reverberate through your body. Stay tuned. -


The four members of Wet Denim have musical fingerprints all over the Halifax scene (see: Cousins, Cactus Flower and the Just Barelys), but make no mistake: their debut album is filled with songs that belie the side-project tag they may receive. This music is unabashedly pop, brimming with melodies that embrace, and slight turns of phrase that tickle the brain. It’s earnestly sweet with an ornery underbelly, like a Nova Scotian hillside where wildflowers are indistinguishable from weeds. - Weird Canada


Gearing up to release their debut album, Halifax band Wet Denim took a few minutes to answer some questions about their creative process and how gross it feels when your jeans get soaked in the rain.
Featuring Victoria Parker, Eleanor King (Just Barelys, The Got to Get Got), Lee Dotey (Cousins), and Jess Lewis (Cactus Flower, Dark For Dark), the band work together to create fuzzy-pop music suitable for a solo day in bed…or a day in bed with someone to keep you warm.
Mixtape Magazine: So the new album is your debut album – what was the recording process like for you guys?
Wet Denim: We recorded this record in a totally DIY fashion with the incredible Evan Cardwell (Secret Colours, Bad Vibrations). Jess was house-sitting for her parents out in rural N.S., so we set up shop in their basement for the weekend. We got hit with a crazy blizzard and got snowed in. It was perfect. The songs were recorded live off the floor with just some vocal overdubs recorded later in the summer. Then mixed and mastered this fall.
MM: What can fans expect from this album?
WD: We want them to listen to the record and at the end, if they are still struggling with a question about life, they can ask themselves: WWWDD? The answer shall be revealed.
MM: All four of you are very musical ladies on your own – Who writes the songs for Wet Denim? Is it just one, a collaboration or a good mix?
WD: We share songwriting duties and everyone contributes their own parts to the arrangements. The songs on this record are mostly penned by Eleanor or Victoria, with a killer jam from Jess also. Now that we’ve been playing together for a while, we tend come up with new things while we’re messing around in practice, so we have some completely collaborative tunes for the next record already. On this album, we all helped to solve one another’s songwriting “problems”: editing words, figuring out structures or rhythms, and every once in a while someone mishears a lyric and it’s golden, way better than the first draft so we change it. We switch instruments. We’re flexible.
MM: Your Tumblr page describes your sound as “sincere between the sheets pop” what does that mean to you guys?
WD: again, we’re flexible.
MM: Alright, I gotta know, where did the name Wet Denim come from?
WD: It started as a joke, then it stuck. We’re talking about how gross it is when your jeans get soaked in the rain (this happens a lot here in Nova Scotia) like, “Uuggghh nothing worse than wet denim”. And then there is the obvious connotation to sex: as an all female band people will always go there. That’s where you went, right?
MM: What are some of your favourite bands coming out of the Canadian music scene right now?
WD: In no particular order, with a heavy dose of Halifax: Dog Day, Nap Eyes, Each Other, Grimes, Miracle Fortress, Cousins, Purity Ring, Construction and Destruction, Organ Magic, Moon, Heaven for Real, Bad Vibrations, Monomyth, Old & Weird, Tasseomancy, Timber Timbre, Austra.
If you want to catch these lovely ladies live, you can see them November 30, 2013 at The Khyber in Halifax. - Mix Tape


Discography

Wet Demos - singles (July 2012)
Yet titled debut LP (slated release Fall 2013)

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Wet Denim formed in 2012. The idea originated from Eleanor King when she proposed the idea of having a four-piece band to Victoria Parker. Soon after Jess Lewis climbed on board shortly followed by Leigh Dotey. The four-piece femme fatal shared responsibilities with song writing and switching around on instruments. In December 2013 they cocooned themselves into a urban cottage located in the south shore of Nova Scotia and recorded their first album self titled Wet Denim. The band had been making some serious waves in Halifax. They have played the local circuit and festivals such as Pop Explosion and Sappy Fest. However it wasn’t too long after, that their drummer/bass player Leigh Dotey was getting quite busy with her other musical project Cousins and had to leave the band. Now the three musicians have been finding their groove and claim that this may have been what they were looking for the whole time. It has given them what they need to focus on a sound they can all vibe on.  They are currently recording their second album and this one is sure to reverberate through your body. Stay tuned.

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Eleanor King's musical history includes The Just Barelys, The Got To Get Got (TGTGG), House of Lancaster and Roch Commune. An active contemporary visual artist, her gallery exhibitions and musical influences blend and overlap, with music and sound playing a large part on the art she makes, while art interests seep into her songwriting. Eleanor has exhibited nationally and internationally, was shortlisted for the 2012 Sobey Art Award, and is Director of the Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University.

Jess Lewis has been playing music in Halifax for over ten years. Most notably with her solo project Cactus Flower, as well as the bands Wet Denim, Dark for Dark, Hymm, Church of Satan, Deep Conditions, Brent Randall and his Pinecones, and the K-tels. The rest of her time is spent working in technical theatre as a Lighting Designer and Technical Director.

Victoria Parker is most well known for her musical collaborations with other artists in Halifax including Lisa Lipton and now her four piece woman entourage Wet Denim. She is classically trained in piano and voice and is currently completing a degree in Music Theatre at Dalhousie University. Victoria has been in the music scene with other bands such as Former Roommates, Milkweed, Frankie and the Chicago Bulls and is working on material for a future solo effort.




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