For their recent appearance on Australian radio station Triple J’s Like A Version series, Isle of Wight indie-rockers Wet Leg covered much loved local band The Chats’ track ‘Smoko’. Given frontwoman Rhian Teasdale’s ‘too-cool-for-you’ vocal style, as evident on their massive hit “Chaise Lounge,” I had wondered how this would translate against The Chat’s almost oppressive Australian accents and pub rock aggression.
But her vocal performance is what makes this cover version so great – elevating the lyrics from a rough grate about modern life into a quaint story. With the keyboards and chuggy guitars, this has real vibes of the Velvet Underground track “The Gift” from White Light White Heat.
Check it out below: