Wet Leg thanks Isle of Wight for number one of weekly album

NUMBER ONE album stars Wet Leg paid tribute to everyone on the Isle of Wight who has supported them and played their music.

Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers wanted to thank everyone who believed in them.

Their number one album, the eponymous Wet Leg, sold more vinyl copies in week one than any other album released in the past 30 years.

In addition to hitting #1 on the UK Official Album Chart, it also debuted at #1 on the ARIA Australian Album Chart.

It is the first time an IW act has scored a number 1 UK album, despite the success of Level 42 in the 1980s and The Bees in the 2000s.

Rhian and Hester from Wet Leg thank the Isle of Wight

Rhian and Hester said: “It’s all been a complete whirlwind. A little over a year ago we awkwardly walked into the studio with a Dropbox full of filthy demos, wondering if we were even capable of making an album. ?

“Cautiously, we quickly recognized and dismissed these thoughts of self-doubt and waded further into album land, led by our very good friend, esteemed producer, Dan Carey.

“We are very proud of the album we made, no matter where it ended up on the album charts.

“It’s been such an unexpected journey for us, a bunch of friends from the Isle of Wight, so if we’re honest, to have it number 1 in the first week it’s released has left us in utter bemusement.

“Actually, there is a big old bucket of love and gratitude to all you lovely people on the island who kept us by the hand along the way.

“Thank you to those who bought the album, streamed the album and played a song of ours for their imprisoned friends during a long car journey.

“Thank you to everyone who crossed the water to come to a show. Thank you to everyone who yelled ‘WHAT?!!!!’ Back to us after every ‘excuse me?’ at a performance.

“Thank you to everyone who came to a show with lobster claws on their hands and straw hats and mops on their heads.

“Thank you to everyone for believing in us even before we did! Life is a funny old thing and we are so grateful to you for supporting us and allowing us to play music with our friends every night.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for joining us on this crazy wave and taking us to Number Freakin’ One!!”

Wet Leg appears in the Big Top at the Isle of Wight Festival in June.

Watch this performance, filmed on an Isle of Wight porch:

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