Wet Lips are a one-stop shop for getting off chops.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. You’ll spill your beer while dancing like an idiot. Try on Try It Again.
A searing Melbourne anthem about seeing an old root out at every fuckin’ venue and thinking “y’know what, I’m DTF”.
Unhinged, unstoppable, as fun and sloppy as a 3am d-floor pash with some hot stranger.
Wet Lips are playing Gaytimes festival at Lake Mountain next month. What are you most looking forward to about the special event?
Getting to dance to Miss Blanks and Leif! And play on the same bill with mates Porpoise Spit, Callan and Hexdebt! And looking out at a sea of beautiful, supportive queer mates while we play!
I saw the video shared to the bands Facebook page from Girls Rock. What does something like that mean to the band?
The video of Girls Rock! campers singing our song Money is incredibly important to us. It’s the reason we started a band in the first place. I was lucky enough to be in the audience when Maggie announced that Beautiful Waste were going to play our song and I immediately burst into tears. When we first started Wet Lips, seeing bands like Terrible Truths was absolutely crucial to us thinking that we were entitled to play music and be on stage. The idea that we might be that band for other young people is simply wonderful. It puts all of the shitty things that have happened to us in perspective and it makes all of the work we have poured into this band seem worthwhile. Girls Rock! is a fantastic initiative and it is a crucial part of the movement to change the current dismally disappointing status quo in the music industry. I can’t wait to see and hear all the bands that come out of Girls Rock!
Recently, I saw Wet Lips play at Nick Brown’s birthday at the Old Bar. How important would you say community is within the music industry?
Community means everything to us. I generally use the words ‘music community’ because that makes sense to me; it’s people like Nick Brown, it’s gigs at the Old Bar, it’s community radio stations, it’s having a chat with a band after you see them play for the first time at a pub on a Tuesday night. The music industry makes a lot less sense to me and it just makes me think of: middle-aged men doing cocaine til 6am while their wives look after their children, music journalists who see themselves as cutting edge taste-makers despite the fact that they need literally thousands of people to like a band before they so much as look them up, the promoters we have spent years of our lives composing emails to in order to explain why it’s not ok for them to treat us like shit and private school boys who wear expensive sneakers and become highly successful at DJing/promoting/playing music because of their ‘talent and hard work.’
Do you think that it’s important that an inclusive festival like Gaytimes exists?
Of course! It’s really important to have festivals like Gaytimes that primarily celebrate the hard work of LGBTIQA+ artists and provide a safer space than most mainstream festivals for queer people to party in.
Late last year you played at the Lygon St Yes party. What was that like?
Playing at the yes party was like a scene from a dream. We walked out of the cavernous Trades Hall into a choir and full concert band framed by hundreds of rainbow balloons. After backtracking out the side door we discovered a thunderstorm had transformed the hot, sunny afternoon into a warm, wet evening. We walked past hundreds of people queuing to get in and sheltered from the gentle rain under a huge umbrella with the magnificent Karen from finance. I was so nervous because at the end of our set Jenny and Georgia were going to walk off stage so that I could sing a love song by myself for my girlfriend Jacey. The view of thousands of beautiful people covered in rainbow flags, including heaps of our mates up the front, got me through the set and I managed to sing my song for Jacey. It was the best thing I have ever done.
Wet Lips are playing Golden Plains soon. Must have been a pretty exciting announcement?
Yep! Jenny and I were sitting on the couch at home and we were about to have a serious talk about WETFEST and what Wet Lips were going to do in 2018. I was procrastinating by checking my emails – I opened the Wet Lips account and there was the offer for Golden Plains! I gasped in shock, Jenny asked what was wrong and I showed her the email. We did a little dance then went to the shops to get hot chips and champagne.
And finally, Ashley Ronning might have posted a little teaser for another Wetfest. Can you share any details?
We can say that the line up is out of control awesome and it’s going to be a very special show for a number of reasons. BUY YOUR TICKETS BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!
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