WET brought their dreamy pop to The Varsity Theater on Friday night. I arrived late to the show and was surprised to find one of the smallest crowds I’ve seen at the venue. Minutes later, the lights began to slowly change color, the white sheets on stage swayed back and forth, and a mysterious voiceover played over the speakers, building the crowds’ anticipation.
Lead singer Kelly Zutrau finally emerged from the light. She wandered out barefoot and started singing with a kind of daze in her eyes, swaying to the music. The crowd may have been small, but they were completely captivated by Zutrau. WET is talented enough to hold a crowd’s attention without much movement. A slow walk was the fastest pace of the night.
WET has mastered the art of simplicity. From the modest stage set up, to the warm colors and soft lighting, to Zutrau’s outfit, the show had a carefree and intimate feel. Fans shouted out comments between songs and Zutrau was happy to banter with them. The band also made themselves available after the show to take photos and sign records.
The set was evenly split between 2016 release Don’t You and their most recent 2018 release Still Run. Kelly Zutrau took the middle of the set to strip back and go acoustic. She played a few songs solo and mesmerized the crowd.
WET also performed fan favorite “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl,” and closed out the set with “You’re the Best.” Fans of The Japanese House and MUNA should check out WET next time they’re in town.