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Global Spin: Wet Leg's Gritty "Being In Love" Performance Brings '90s Nostalgia With A Surprising Twist
Wet Leg deliver their signature quirky sense of imagination and striking style in this grunge-inspired performance of "Being in Love," which features a whimsical — and unexpected — ending.
British indie rock duo Wet Leg combine '90s rock nostalgia with a quirky, fresh visual in their performance of "Being in Love," the lead track from their self-titled 2022 debut album. The song encapsulates the giddy — and slightly sick — feeling of an exciting new relationship, and the band pairs that topic with grungy guitarwork and kaleidoscopic vocals.
In this episode of Global Spin, Wet Leg bandmates Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers give viewers a front row seat as they perform "Being in Love." The gritty guitar lines are matched by grainy '90s-inspired visuals, complete with a neon sign bearing the band's name behind them.
But if you're expecting a straight-ahead performance video, think again: There's a twist at the end of the clip.
As the song ends, the clip jumps to some place completely new, taking viewers to a windy outdoor setting. Pointed towards a walking path over a rocky embankment, the video shows a woman dressed in a draping, feathery white suit as she slowly strides into the distance.
"It's kinda nice to watch her, like, walking," someone behind the camera comments, amid some giggles from the people behind the scenes. "...Look how sad that is. Look at her."
While the video's final shot doesn't have the same nostalgia factor that Wet Leg embrace during their performance, it puts an equal emphasis on grainy, DIY grunge. It underscores the whimsical vibes that the band has brought to all of their musical endeavors since their 2021 breakout "Chaise Lounge" — a song that's also included on the track list of their self-titled debut.
Press play on the video above to watch Wet Leg's full performance, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Global Spin.
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Global Spin: Japanese Rock Band MAN WITH A MISSION Tear Up The Stage With An Electric Performance Of "Fly Again"
The half-man, half-wolf Japanese metal band MAN WITH A MISSION throw down on stage in this live performance of "Fly Again," a track from their 2011 self-titled album.
Japanese rockers MAN WITH A MISSION don't reveal their aesthetic in dribs and drabs; within mere seconds, you know what they're all about. And that's getting hyped — in the wolfiest of ways.*
Donning their signature canine headgear, the heavy Japanese collective gets throngs of disciples turnt up as they absolutely lay into a rendition of "Fly Again." The feeling is so new/ Believe in what you do," goes one verse. "Don't you ever be afraid in losing/ That's the clue." A wolf's creed indeed!
In this episode of Global Spin, raise a glass to AAPI month with this hair-raising live performance by a group at the vanguard of Japanese heaviness. And if you'd like to join the thrilled masses in this video, MAN WITH A MISSION are in the midst of a North American tour.
Enjoy MAN WITH A MISSION's electrifying performance of "Fly Again" above, and check back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Global Spin.
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Global Spin: Eva B Basks In The Pakistani Sun In This Exclusive Performance Of "Sunrise In Lyari"
Hijabi rapper Eva B shows love for her hometown of Karachi, Pakistan, with this feel-good — and fittingly sun-soaked — performance of her new song, "Sunrise in Lyari," premiering on Global Spin.
Budding musician Eva B is proudly touted as the first female rapper in Pakistan. In just a few years, the young artist has worked alongside international star Kaifi Khalil and had her breakthrough single, "Rozi," featured in an episode of Ms. Marvel. But, it wasn't always smooth sailing for the rising star.
Despite finding her passion for music, Eva B's family feared being a musician would taint her image and make it difficult to find a partner in a conservative country. Eventually, her family realized her calling and encouraged her to continue anonymously. Now, she's making an impact as one of the only veiled entertainers in pop culture.
In this episode of Global Spin, Eva B performs "Sunrise in Lyari," an infectious rap track about her roots in Karachi, Pakistan that she wrote exclusively for Global Spin. The Pakistani songstress wears a traditional dress, hijab and mask as she raps from her local streets.
In an interview with The News, Eva B revealed that Eminem inspired her to start rapping. "I was blown away and fascinated by what I had heard. I went on to ask my friends what this music is really about. I never thought that music could be like this," she explained — and the influence is clear from her intense, rapid delivery.
Press play on the video above to watch Eva B's crisp performance of "Sunrise in Lyari," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Global Spin.
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Global Spin: CHTHONIC Advocates For Change With A Performance Of "Pattonkan" At Megaport Festival
Live from their home country, Taiwanese metal band CHTHONIC deliver an electrifying performance of their "Pattonkan," a song frontman Freddy Lim wrote after an inspiring conversation with the son of a White Terror victim.
By blending contemporary and traditional instruments, CHTHONIC bridges the two contrasting sides of Taiwan: the historic, mystic homeland of Austronesian peoples, and its bustling, technology-driven modern image. The metal band often uses cultural mythology, folklore and historical events to drive their music — and their latest single, "Pattonkan," is no different.
"Pattonkan" is CHTHONIC's first studio release since their 2018 album, Battlefields of Asura, written in honor of Kao Yi-sheng, an outspoken democracy advocate executed during the White Terror repression. The song title is a reference to Jade Mountain, a sacred area in Taiwan that Kao mentioned in his final letter to his family.
In this episode of Global Spin, CHTHONIC performs "Pattonkan," live from the Megaport Festival in Takao City, Taiwan. The quintet's energetic performance is charged by headbanging, fans jumping along, and confetti fluttering in the air.
Outside of their musical endeavors, CHTHONIC are active educators and human rights activists, with the group's frontman, Freddy Lim, acting as a member of the Legislative Yuan and a founder of the New Power Party. Lim also worked alongside his wife and bandmate, Doris Yeh, to form the Taiwan Rock Alliance, one of the lead organizers of the Formoz and Megaport music festivals in the country.
Press play on the video above to watch CHTHONIC's energetic performance of "Pattonkan," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Global Spin.
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6 Female-Fronted Acts Reviving Rock: Wet Leg, Larkin Poe, Gretel Hänlyn & More
Long a staple of the form, 2023 sees even more women leading the hell out of rock bands. Read on for six rising acts whose bold sound and brash energy are taking rock to new heights.
Neil Young once proclaimed that "rock and roll can never die," and while the genre isn't necessarily topping charts or playlists today, there are signs that rock music is coming back in a big way. In 2023, Neil's truth is being upheld by female rockers.
Long a staple of the form — rock was pioneered by a woman, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, iterated on by female-led groups like Heart and Jefferson Airplane, revived and reformed by the likes of Bikini Kill, and onward to Paramore — women's contributions to rock remain less feted than those of their male counterparts.
Yet female rockers and female-led bands are resonating with today’s younger audiences in big ways, following a culture shift that has resulted in more space for young women to express themselves. Gen-Z and younger millennial artists such as Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo and boygenius are known for their honest lyricism; it’s only natural that they’ve gravitated toward the fiery release of rock to further reflect their own individual experience.
Eilish’s GRAMMY-nominated breakup anthem "Happier Than Ever" invokes the classic rock format of beginning acoustic and swelling into an epic band finish complete with a guitar solo and a final 20 seconds of feedback-driven noise. Rodrigo has several rock songs on her smash hit debut album SOUR including "good 4 u," another enraged breakup song with emo tinges that is currently sitting at 1.7 billion streams on Spotify.
Finally, while the debut album from boygenius, the record, is mostly in the indie wheelhouse of members Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus, the single "$20" is an alt-meter rock song. The trio details the stories of early youth wherein all it takes to avoid responsibility is $20; Bridgers literally screams her request for money at the song's close.
But how to define rock — is it a feeling or an attitude? A sound or a set of instruments? For the purposes of this list, rock is categorized as guitar-forward and band-based. First and foremost, guitar is at the forefront — generally distorted, though an acoustic or clean sound can lend an upbeat energy or psychedelic quality. Second, rock is a band genre, even if a group is named after one person, the band creates real cohesion (e.g. the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Steve Miller Band). In 2023, women are leading the hell out of these bands.
Read on for a list of rising artists whose sound and spirit rock.
As Wet Leg, Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers took home a number of golden gramophones at the 2023 GRAMMYs: Best Alternative Music Album for their self-titled debut, and Best Alternative Music Performance for "Chaise Longue."
Although they didn’t win in the "rock" categories, their guitar-driven success defines the current generation of rock music (to the point that they even beat out well-established acts like Arctic Monkeys and Yeah Yeah Yeahs).
Utterly simple in its song form, "Chaise Lounge" captures Gen Z's disillusionment about college, viewing it as more of a gateway to light-hearted debauchery than a path to vocational freedom. Then they tear through the disillusionment with a high-energy, limb-shaking guitar riff.
Rock and roll was certainly invented by Black American artists, but British musicians have consistently innovated and expanded the genre — from the Beatles launching the British invasion, to Sabbath morphing rock into heavy metal, to Pink Floyd’s exploration of progressive psychedelia. Coming out of London, Gretel Hänlyn (pronounced hen-line) is upholding all the best traditions of British rock.
Hänlyn explores every current corner of rock on her recently released EP, Head of the Love Club, and her previous, Slugeye.
With a uniquely deep and resonant tone, Hänlyn has the power and versatility of a crooner. That ability defines the sound of "Dry Me" and other works throughout Hänlyn's catalog. She alters her delivery to befit the yelping and joyful side of rock on "King of Nothing" as well as the seething and scary side on "Drive."
Coming out of Sinaloa Mexico, BRATTY is one of the female rock artists playing Coachella 2023, sharing her invigorated brand of the languorous sound of surf rock.
BRATTY's seaside exploits surely influenced the loungey and chilled-out feel of songs like "Honey, No Estás" and "tarde." With swells and sustains that are reminiscent of ocean sounds, BRATTY’s music transcends language barriers.
Given that the festival has been without a major rock headliner since Guns ‘N Roses in 2016, the rock artists on the lineup this year are there to demonstrate the lifeblood of the genre. BRATTY’s contribution demonstrates that rock can be slower, softer, and just as effective.
Olivia Jean isn’t just a former member of Jack White’s touring band. She’s not just his wife, either. She’s an artist all on her own, and she rocks hard.
As a solo artist, Jean has released two albums, an EP, and a single on White's Third Man Records. Prior to that, she was releasing on the label via The Black Belles, her all-female garage-goth project, which put out a self-titled album in 2011 along with four singles.
Jean’s fingerprints go even deeper into the Third Man archives via her session contributions to different releases like Tom Brosseau and John C. Reilly’s seven-inch single, Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar.
No matter where she’s lent her vocal and instrumental talent, her loud yet bubbly sound is a welcome addition to the catalog.
Jean’s forthcoming album, Raving Ghost, (out May 5 on Third Man), and its first single, "Trouble," touches on all the traditional rock favorites like pentatonic power chords and call-and-response guitar squeals. You can check out Oliva Jean's rock on her American tour in May and June.
Fun fact about the sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell of Larkin Poe: They are distantly related to Edgar Allen Poe. With that kind of connection, it’s only natural their rendition of rock carries a certain connection to the sounds of generations past. Many of those older sounds of rock and roll stem from their native American South, and manifest in influences of blues and Americana that were born of the same region.
Larkin Poe's Venom & Faith was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 2019 GRAMMYs. Grounded in swinging rhythms and twangy notes that have hallmarked the blues since its inception, the Lovells demonstrate their understanding of the music’s roots on a technical and emotional level, alongside their ability to carry the genre into the present.
Their latest album, Blood Harmony, follows the hereditary thread of blues giving birth to rock and roll. Larkin Poe dial back the swing just a bit and turn it up to 11 for hot and distorted tracks like "Bad Spell," which features guitar breaks that will have Stevie Ray Vaughn jamming along in his grave.
Another product of London, Sarah-Jayne Riedel fronts the just-out-of-the-gate alternative rock band, Dutch Mustard. Last year Dutch Mustard released their debut EP An Interpretation of Depersonalisation, and was quickly featured on BBC, getting airplay on Radio 1’s Future Artists and being selected by none other than rock's enduring sage Iggy Pop on 6 Music.
Dutch Mustard produces a sound that is as dreamy as it is heavy, finding that middle ground in guitar tone between fuzzy and pristine. Then on songs like "Something To You," vocal layering adds a hopeful flavor. Dutch Mustard, like the other artists on this list, make listeners feel hope not just for the band, but for the future of rock.
That future is especially bright considering Riedel wrote all the songs and demoed all the instruments herself in her bedroom before bringing in other musicians. The first EP was written entirely during the first COVID lockdown as well.
With that kind of creativity and versatility coming from her, there is no telling where she’ll take her music as her career moves forward into an open industry.
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