Wet Nuns, the greatest band to ever come out of Sheffield, have released previously unheard track ‘Spooky Glow’ and it’s fucking perfect.
Made up of guitarist Rob Graham and drummer Alexis Gotts, Wet Nuns sadly decided to call it a day in 2013 and it was announced a year later that Gotts tragically passed away.
Remaining member Graham has since gone on to join the Loveless brothers of Drenge on bass and recently announced a one off charity gig in the name of Wet Nuns.
Taking place at Sheffield’s O2 Academy on March 5th, the line up already boasts Wolf People, Baba Naga and Sievehead. Rob Graham will join forces with Ross Orton to perform a special Wet Nuns set, dedicated to Alexis Gotts.
“It’s been over a year since the world lost Alexis Gotts,” Graham said of announcing the show.
“Obviously its been a hard time and its taken a while to get round to a point where I can start doing something for him and for a those who lost him, in his memory or whatever. But that time has now come.
Me and a few pals have decided to put together a memorial gig in Sheffield on the 5th of March 2016. As well as a bunch of awesome bands and hopefully some serious partying, this occasion will be an opportunity for a whole bunch of people to get together in a room and celebrate the life of a stellar guy who affected a lot of people during his time with us. Added to that we hope to raise a ton of money for a couple of charities we know Alexis would have approved of.
There’s still a long way to go in raising awareness concerning mental health issues and preventing suicide. Through this event we can contribute to helping people who are going through similar struggles to those that Alexis suffered. The entire ticket price goes to charity. NO ONE is making any money from the event aside from covering costs.
I hope everyone that should and wants to be there can be. This includes obviously people that knew my friend Alexis and also those who didn’t too. All are welcome.
Let’s make the daft fucker proud.
Just like he did for us. Love. Rob.”
Upon releasing the new track, Graham issued a not to Clash Magazine explaining how the song was recorded:
“Whilst we recorded the Wet Nuns album, we had a few extra tracks that we intended to use as b-sides. Ever since the band ended in October 2013 I’ve always been aware of these tracks sitting there collecting dust, wondering if anyone would be interested to hear them.
One of these was a sort of doom metal sequel to the ‘nice’ instrumental track, ‘Spooky Glow (Part 1)’, that marks the halfway point of the record (believe it or not we did have some idea of structure to that album, crazy I know).
I thought now, in the build up to the charity/memorial concert on March 5th, that it would be cool to share ‘Spooky Glow (Part 2)’. I’m really aware that this is a dark as heck tune, and given some of the circumstances of the show that might seem a little inappropriate to some. But you know what? I know Alexis would have found it fitting and probably hilarious and I love it too. It’s his finest vocal performance in my opinion, and he was tremendously proud of it himself.
Moments before writing this I read that of the 1 in 4 people effected by mental illness in the UK every year 75% percent of them don’t get any help. If this track helps people to talk about mental illness more then that’s a small success. I think if Alexis had the right help and the right understanding from the medical professionals, his friends and family and ultimately society as a whole then perhaps things would have transpired differently.
That’s why I’m putting this track out into the world and putting the March 5th show on, it’s all about bringing things out into the open, people need to discuss these often ‘swept under the carpet’ topics.
Anyway, enjoy the tune, remember it is just a B-side though, so no pop hooks or anything (Soz), but that’s not really what we were about is it?! (the sound at the end is the cave I used to work in telling tourists about geology and stuff). Rob.”