Debut album arrives
Oct. 25 on True Panther Sounds.
pronounced one by one by one) is the debut LP from Wet Illustrated, conceived
slowly and methodically over the past two years in San Francisco. After playing and touring in
various Bay area bands for years Robbie Simon (drums/vocals), Tim Hellman
(guitar), and Chrys Nodal (guitar) decided to start a group committed to
celebrating the legacies of weirdo pop outsiders like the Soft Boys, Guided By
Voices and the Swell Maps- writing jagged pop songs imbued with skewed hooks
and personal yet playful lyrics.
After self-releasing their first 45 on freshly minted Corvette City Records
they conceived, accumulated and eventually recorded an LP in Portland, OR
with Justin Higgins (Hunches, Exit Dreams) in the summer of 2011. Enthralled by
the amount of sound that could be packed onto the 2″ reel-to-reel tape at
Higgins’ Old Standard Sound studio adorned their songs with spiraling and
playful guitars and ancillary sounds. The end-result is an ecstatic 13-song
collection that is both is explosive and littered with hidden subtleties and
textures. The often hard-panned interplay of multi-tracked guitars evokes the
guitar heroics of early Sonic Youth. The song structures which at first appear
straightforward unravel to reveal sophisticated arrangements and evocative
lyrics in the tradition of homespun pop-ists like The Homosexuals or Cleaners
From Venus, all channeled through Wet Illustrated’s own idiosyncratic punk/pop
The Bay Area is currently in what seems like a bit of a creative explosion with
guitar-led garage/punk music. Wet Illustrated comes from this world, but
doesn’t exist solely inside of it…1x1x1 does
not rely on aping familiar relics from bygone eras or manufacturing new genres.
Wet Illustrated use a familiar sonic pallet to project a layered and natural
sound…distinctly Californian, psychedelic, shambolic, heart-felt and unique.