Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, the indie-pop band Wet are back and preparing to release their second studio album Still Run this summer.

Originally a trio with Kelly Zutrau on vocals, Joe Valle producing and Marty Sulkow on guitar, they are now a duo with Sulkow departing the band. Currently, Wet are on tour in support of the new album and on Wednesday, May 23, their tour stopped over in Toronto with a performance at the Velvet Underground. Before their set, I got to talk one-on-one with Zutrau about the band's first album, their process writing the new album, and what's to come for the rest of 2018.

So back in 2016 you released 'Don't You', so how were you feeling opposed to now with your second album coming out soon?

That's a good question, I can't really remember. I think I felt a lot more nervous last time, just because it was the first album and it had been building for so long and there was a lot of pressure on it and so many people involved. I think I felt nervous about how people were going to receive it and what would happen after that whereas with this one, I feel a lot more relaxed.

And why do you think you feel more relaxed in the years since releasing your first album?

I think just going through it, the first time I didn’t know what it was going to be like and didn't know what it was going to mean and there was some amazing responses and some amazing things that happened and also some disappointing things that happened and it's just like you have to go through that to know that it's not the end of the world. And I think I had a realization moment making this new album, I'm doing this because I really want to be doing it and it's something I need to do as an artist, to like making music and express myself and I do it because it connects with fans, the people who want the music and that all the other things, the success that comes or doesn't come is extra.

Now near the tail end of 2016, you released the two singles, 'Turn Away', and 'The Middle', were those sounds kind of giving you a sense of what this album would be like around that time or was it just kind of promotion for the tour you were about to embark on?

I think it was, well we released those songs for a few reasons, it was partly because it took us a long time to get our first album out and we were working on these new songs and we were like wouldn't it be amazing if we just put them out? And not make it into this big thing? We're going on tour, let's have new songs and let's not be so precious about the process and just put music out and that's all.

And then after that in 2017, you went quite after the tour, can you talk to me about the process of that year for you?

Yeah, during that point I was writing and me and Joe were working on recording the album, that's kind of how we spent the second half of that year and the first half of 2018 as well.

And how is the collaborative process working on the songs with you and Joe?

It's good, it's been really good, obviously like I went through like a period of wanting more creative control for this album and figuring that out was difficult at times for us, but then we settled into a good working relationship and there's a lot of things Joe can do that I can't do and he formed the way a lot of the way the songs sound in a way that I think is so beautiful and special and I think we got to a point where we realized the value in each other.

And can you touch upon the fact there used to be three of you, now it's just the two of you, with Marty not being in the group?

Yeah, I mean just in that process we got to a point where it didn't make sense on either end and people change and grow and want to do other things and me and Joe figured it out and it didn’t quite land the same way with Marty, so he's touring right now, doing well and we wish him the best.

Now back to the process, I've read that you take a long time in writing songs and processing, was that how it was for you during that time?

Yeah sometimes, like some songs take a long time, like our first song 'There's A Reason' I think we were working on that for a year, but then two of the songs like '11 Hours', and 'Still Run', I wrote in the last 6 months, they came together really quickly, like I wrote '11 Hours' in a day and it ended up being one of my favorites on the album, so it kind of depends on the song.

Now being in Toronto I know you've played at the Garrison and Mod Club, now you're at Velvet Underground, how have things progressed for you being in the city touring these past couple of years?

I mean I don't really know. I can't totally remember what those venues were like, but I remember we've always had good shows in Toronto and it seems like the crowds have been so receptive to our music and like Toronto, in general, seems like a city that cares about music, so I love coming here, I think it's my favorite Canadian city.

And how's the current tour been, I know you've done a few cities so far, how's the reception been?

It's been really good, we've been getting the biggest applause for some of the new records, which is really good. It's exciting to put out new music and there's a couple of songs that I think people are really going to like that we've started playing live and I think these songs kind of connect with the EP, which is cool, but yeah, it's exciting playing new music.

Now the new album will be releasing this July and I know with the first album it was hard to get it released, for this date, how was the go around this time?

It was easy and there were a lot of reasons why the first one got pushed, but we made it clear with this one, we want to finish it and we want to put it right out and it's really important to us and they were totally okay with that. But you know it took having that first experience to know that it's something that mattered to us and I believe music is important and that it comes out in the time that it was made because it's culturally relevant in that time and if you wait a year or two years, it can be a lot less like powerful and make less sense.

And after the album comes out, what can be expected for the rest of 2018?

I think we're going to keep touring, we're going to hopefully do another tour in the fall and winter and then I mean we're already working on new music. I just want to keep putting music out because I think, I want to be the kind of band that isn't too precious about releasing music, I want to make a lot of albums and want to keep putting albums out as quick as possible.