Listen to Wet Leg’s new song “Ur Mum”
Wet Leg’s self-titled debut is one of the most anticipated albums of the month, and the duo has unveiled the sixth and final song from the album before it is released in full on Friday, April 8. “Ur Mum” fits in wonderfully with Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers’ previous excellent tracks, and comes with a lovely video made by Lava La Rue.
“Ur Mum” is a bitter kiss-off to an immature ex that blends the band’s signature wit with a hooky chorus begging the subject to make their exit from Teasdale’s life as soon as possible. The track also sees the band yearning to escape their small-town life on their native Isle of Wight, expressing their frustration with having outgrown everything trapping them there. If the second verse lines, “You’re always so full of it / Why don’t you just suck my dick?” don’t make the message clear enough, the inclusion of Teasdale’s “longest and loudest scream” (lasting 11 seconds) will probably do the trick. In a statement, Teasdale said of the breakup that inspired the song, “I was pretty angry at the way things had gone in this particular dynamic. It’s just a diss song I wrote to make myself feel better. It worked.”
The video follows a sexist “soft boy” in a band who slips and bangs his head in the convenience store where Teasdale and Chambers’ characters work, and is just as humorous and caustic as the music it’s attached to. This drives him into a fever dream that lasts the entire song (“You were out for 3 minutes, 22 seconds!”) in which the duet follows him around, demonically giggling out of the corner of his eye no matter how hard he tries to flee.
In a statement, the video’s director, La Rue, discussed her ambition to turn the video into an Easter egg hunt for band fans:
The “Ur Mum” video was all about bringing the viewer into the Wet Leg world—sprinkling details throughout the visual that not only reference at least 4 songs off the album but also plenty of inside jokes within the band too. Artistically it shows where the aesthetic of American indie films like Napoleon Dynamite fit perfectly in the scape of rural British settings—this concept first came to me when the band took me to IOW [Isle of Wight] for the first time—I saw the connection and it all clicked into place.