Wet Wings – Interview

Wet Wings are a duo from New Zealand made up of Lucy Bottling and Darian Woods.
They have just released their beautiful debut album Glory Glory and we caught up with Darian for a quick chat about it.
I don’t want to spoil the interview for you but now might be a good time to dig out that old Walkman you have laying around somewhere…

How did Wet Wings start?
Wet Wings started at the 2006 Christchurch School Choir Competition. We were both singing for different schools. We put aside our school rivalries and started working together.

How did you come up with the name Wet Wings?
As we’re both heavily involved in hobby aviation, we picked a piece of technology crucial for modern flying – wet wings. Wet wings are wings on a plane that are used as a fuel tank.

How would you describe your music?
I’d try not to. Ideally I’d be talking online and have a link on hand. (Like this, you mean?DT)

What bands do you listen to the most?
Four Tet, Nate Dogg, Linda Perhacs, Joanna Newsom, Seth Frightening, Vashti Bunyan, El Perro Del Mar, and Caribou.

Now, you have just released a gorgeous debut album called Glory Glory, tell us a bit about that record.
Making an album takes a surprisingly long amount of time. George Orwell wrote that, “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.”
I wouldn’t go as far as that for an album, but writing, recording, mixing, and releasing an album is not always a sunny row in a sailboat.

As well as releasing it on CD and download, there are also two special limited cassette tape versions too, right? Tell us about those.
The first is a 100-limited release for Infinity Tapes. Matthew from Infinity Tapes has been really supportive of Wet Wings for almost a year now, and helped us release our EP, Skin to Soil, last year.
The second is a 30-limited release for Atelier Ciseaux and La Station Radar which is packaged with postcards found in French antique shops.

Do you miss the cassette tape as a format?
I don’t feel as if the cassette has ever gone away. We often make mixtapes from blank cassettes, so there’s always a way to get that inimitable slight cassette warble.

What is your favourite track from the record?
I like ‘Crowne Plaza’ because it has my one-year-old niece’s gibberish in the background. I don’t get to see her a lot as she lives in a different town.

What is the best thing about having a record out?
Being invited to drink champagne with famous rappers, play chess with politicians and hand out microwave meals to the poor.

And what’s next for you guys then? Any shows?
At the moment we’re practicing getting our loops tight for the Wellington release show. We live in Wellington so we’re looking forward to this show.

What is your proudest achievement as a band to date?
We’re happy to be working with Lil’ Chief Records (The Ruby Suns, The Brunettes) to release Glory Glory.

If you could write a song with anyone in the world, who would you choose?
Owen Pallett, due to his adroit arrangement skills.

Finally then, this is the part where you get to say anything you want to. It can be anything at all – go for it!
These are exciting times to be alive.



-David Tinkler

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