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‘So It Goes’: An Interview with Wet Nurse

With their 2012 debut album, Daily Whatever, Wet Nurse became a staple in the Orlando music community. The sweet melodies of the Chaplin twins infected me with some poppy punky virus that forced my body to do the strangest of gyrations. I was hooked. This Friday (9/25), the band is releasing their sophomore album, the equally lax titled, So It Goes. And here’s something you should have expected … Wet Nurse is still fucking good. In celebration of what could easily be the Wet Nurse’s breakout album, I got to talk to one of my favorite local bands about their music. And it was amazingQ Our excellent photographer, Karina Curto, directed a photoshoot with the girls that involved doughnuts. Enjoy.

The Vinyl Warhol: So, Wet Nurse … We got some mimosas, some beer.

Vanessa Brewster: Doughnuts!

TVW: Doughnuts. Mimosas. It’s been a wild ride so far. Like, I feel like I know you guys so well after the last twenty-five minutes or so. But how did you guys all get together? [To the twins] how did you guys meet?

Nina Chaplin: Well … It was about 26 years ago. And we were suckin’ each other’s thumbs in the sonogram.

[laughs]

Susanna Chaplin: She popped out and I followed. It was like, “Oh shit, there’s two of us.”

TVW: Was music something, early on, that you guys were into? Was someone copying someone else?

NC: Well, we both like to sing. That started from an early age. We’d sing together. And it wasn’t until we were like 12 or 13; we were like, “Let’s start a band!”

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photo by Karina Curto

TVW: What was your first band called?

NC: We didn’t have a name. Did we have a name? We didn’t have a name. We didn’t really practice. We had like two songs.

TVW: That sounds like every band I’ve been in. So Baile, how did you get into the band? I remember, I went to a Wet Nurse show and I was like, “Who is this fourth person?”

Baile Yeager: Nina and I were in a band a while ago called Tit Sweat … One night we were at Wally’s, and Suzie brought it up. She was like, “We heard you guys playing and I think we need another guitar player.”

SC: Yeah, we were always playing around with the idea of another guitar player. [Nina] would go into solo and [the song] would sound flat. It was missing something, an extra balance. We obviously wanted it to be a girl to keep the dynamic.

TVW: Going from Daily Whatever to So It Goes was the recording process different? I imagine it was all pretty new at first.

NC: We did our EP before the first one. We just recorded that in our house. When we gathered more songs, we went into the studio and knocked it out in like … two days, maybe three.

TVW: Where was Daily Whatever recorded?

NC: At this radio station in Tampa, called WNMF … We did a few live tracks for this guy, Allister. He opened it up after hours and we could stay as long as we wanted to.

TVW: Going in for the second one, was it easier?

NC: It was still a lot of work.

VB: It was a little easier because he knew our process already.

BY: [Allister] is the best. He’s patient. Didn’t rush us and lets us take smoke breaks whenever we wanted.

TVW: Just so you know, I have Daily Whatever on vinyl and it’s so fucking good; I listen to it all the time. So, I was pretty scared going into [So It Goes] that it wasn’t going to be as good.

SC: Yeah, we were also scared.

TVW: But I’ve noticed that it’s a little more straightforward. It’s not as pop-y. The music seems to be going for a little more of that punk edge. Was [the addition of] Baile also an influence on that shift?

NC: It definitely changed the dynamic, gave us more room to explore. Maybe a little more mature sound rather than just silly pop punk.

SC: We definitely have some weird, more 90’s influences on this one.

VB: That’s more from like touring and being around different music.

NC: We generally get the same response: “Wow that’s good.”

[laughs]

TVW: I wanted to talk about “Belly Hurts” for a second. Because I think that’s accidentally become your calling card of sorts. I wanted to ask you how you came up with that song. It really sounds like one of those songs that came out of thin air.

NC: Actually, that song is a funny story. Me and [Susanna] wrote that a long time ago, before we started the band. It was just this funny, silly thing. Just singing stupid songs like, “Oh, why would your belly hurt?” Just like, “Oh, I ate crappy food” or sometimes when you’re hungover or didn’t get enough sleep or like, really missing a loved one. Anxious or something. We wrote that little part and never introduced it to the band. It was actually Baile.

BY: I heard them playing it and that harmony. I heard that first harmony and I was like, “Um … excuse me.” [laughs] “What the fuck!?”

VB: It was just that first part for a long time.

BY: I was just like, “That needs to be a fucking song.”

SC: So we worked on it a little bit and it ended up being one of the biggest hits of our career.

VB: It’s pretty cool that people sing it and it’s not even out.

TVW: And when I see you playing with bands like False Punk, whose hooks are that they don’t have any hooks, you guys play “Belly Hurts” and everyone is singing it, all these punks who were just throwing themselves at each other.

VB: We started though, playing hardcore shows … I like those shows.

TVW: When did you guys start?

NC: 2010. We had a different drummer around that time, our roommate Jordan. He started because we just wanted to have fun and play shows with our friends. And then we played like two or three shows, and he skipped town for like, months. We had shows and were like, “Shit!” So, we held auditions and [Vanessa] came over and got really stoned. We gave her the songs; we had like four or five songs. And she killed it!

VB: I thought I bombed it because I was so stoney bologna.

TVW: Are you guys the kind of those bands that writes 100 songs and picks the best 12 for the records?

VB: No. We wrote exactly how many are on the record. We’re not like prolific …

NC: JESUS!

SC: What?!

VB: Oh!

BY: It’s a really big bug. It’s a palmetto.

NC: We don’t like bugs!

BY: Wet Nurse does not like bugs.

SC: We hate them!

TVW: Do we want to move?

NC: It’s a loud motherfucker!

TVW: Should I kill it? Is that okay?

BY: Use your notes.

[whack!]

SC: He’s in the fanny [pack]!

NC: No! Get out of my fanny. He gone … oh no, he back.

[whack! whack! whack!] the bug is dead.

TVW: OK. I don’t fuck with bugs either. That’s going to be fun to listen back on.

VB: Whack! Whack!

NC: Loud motherfucker!

VB: What were we talking about?

TVW: We were talking about music, I think.

[laughs]

See Wet Nurse when they destroy to whatever dumb town you live in! Tour dates here!

photo by Karina Curto
photo by Karina Curto

Wet Nurse – “Over It” (video by Always Nothing)

On September 25, Wet Nurse will release their second full-length album, So It Goes, via Recess Records. Directly after, the PBR punk quartet will embark on a two month, 37 show tour of the US and Canada. And don’t fret Orlando people. We get a date of our own, October 23, a glorious homecoming a mere week before FEST. (all dates here)

In preparation for this goodness, Wet Nurse and Orlando creative collective Always Nothing collaborated on the video for “Over It,” the album’s second songThe four tormented souls of Wet Nurse shotgun beers, smoke cigarettes, drink more beers, and spin in office chairs outside of an abandoned auto garage. Sorry mom. We just want to have fun. Don’t worry; we’ll end the night with some pizza…and more beers.

This video moves fast and packs a punch. The debauchery is woven into quick shots of the band ripping through the song at Uncle Lou’s. The chaos looks beautiful. This quality has become expected from Always Nothing, who’ve shot with fellow Orlandians (Common Man and Sailor Ripley) and international acts (Screaming Females). Oh, and I may or may not have interviewed Wet Nurse about the upcoming album. I’ll never tell. Enjoy.

DoGs’ Swan Songs: Final Show TOMORROW

“As we go on, we remember
All the times we had together
And as our lives change, Come whatever
We will still be, friends forever”

*quiet sobbing* I promised myself I wouldn’t get emotional, but this goddamn Vitamin C song always pushes me to tears.

Tomorrow, Orlando punk three-piece DoGs will be playing their final show before being triumphantly euthanized. Since forming in July 2012, the band has released a catalogue of short, energetic, and singable tunes, while working their way into our hearts and onto our couches (you can purchase their entire catalogue for whatever price you want on their Bandcamp).

Yesterday, the boys dropped the last of their new material, a six song split cassette with RushmoreFL. Recorded back in September of 2014, DoGs skip the sob songs, and instead opt for the sporadic punk we know and love. They even throw in a Devo cover for good measure.

Please, go see DoGs final show tomorrow at St Matthew’s. Tickets are $5, and you get to see the most depressing loss since Marley & Me.

The New Lows – “This Crime”

Fuck you, pop punk. Seriously, anytime I hear the term “pop punk,” all I can think of is washed-out guitar music, drained of all real punk attitude. Pop punk is not punk music with sweet melodies – hell, most songs of any have some sort of catchy element – it’s punk music at its most generic: repetitive guitar, lackluster vocals, and whiny bullshit. OK, you get the idea. Unnecessary rant over.

I say all of this, because Orlando boys The New Lows‘ new track “This Crime” is the antithesis of my earlier ramblings. It has soul – punk soul, but soul all the same. The guitar is repetitive, but with purpose. And vocalist Mike Levin is no Susan Boyle, but his spitfire lines are not short on passion. I’m glad to hear The New Lows continuing to carry Orlando punk scene’s black flag – pun intended – with joyous new anthems. So thank you, The New Lows. And fuck you, pop punk. Enjoy.

The New Lows are playing The Fest 13, so get on that shit!


Hear more at The New Low’s Bandcamp.

DoGs – “Shark Tooth”

Longtime TVW supporters DoGs recently released a new version of their song “Shark Tooth.” This updated version was recorded at Goldentone Studio and mixed by Jon Markson. With the benefit of higher production, the song really come into its own. Each instrument pops more, the hook feels catchier, and the song as a whole packs a greater wallop. Don’t take my word for it; compare the two yourself! Enjoy.


O.G. mix:

Hometown Heroes: DoGs offer up entire catalog for name your price

Ghandi. Mother Teresa. DoGs. All legendary. All generous. Enjoy.

In a Florida-based band? Send me your stuff! Hope you don’t suck!

I guess I’m just a DoG person.

Amongst all the Bonnaroo madness last month, Orlando’s musical underbelly kept growing. That’s because punk trio DoGs played summer Santa by releasing a compilation containing every song they’ve recorded thus far. Copious amounts of PBR didn’t hurt either.

The name-your-price option has been a popular release option for DIY bands like DoGs. If you’re feeling generous, you can support the band by throwing a few bucks their way (I gave $1 million). If you’re strapped for cash, you can always go for my favorite price, $free.99.

Download DoGs’ sweet sexy jamz here!