Thelma and the Sleaze
Somebody's Doin' Something is the first full-length record by Thelma and The Sleaze. Recorded partially in Joshua Tree, California with renowned guitarist and mentor Dave Catching and also with Jeremy Ferguson in Nashville, Tennesse, the writing on this record is a homage to the classic hard rock and power trio influences of Santana, Blue Cheer, Tom Petty, Thin Lizzy, Marianne Faithful, Rolling Stones and Aerosmith. While writing the record lead singer Lauren Gilbert was more intent on drawing inside the lines, with more melodies and structure then the band has used before. Lyrically, it might come off as less abstract and more vulnerable than anything on their past EPs. There were several hold-ups in the process but now everything is ready to finally bring it all to life.
Nashville's Thelma and the Sleaze blend trashy Southern rock with post riot-girl grievances. The result is a surprisingly upbeat heaviness laced with dirty jagged bits of punk and country that cut and sting when least expected. Despite the band's love of daisy dukes and hot tops, their music is explicitly feminist and often packs a punch full of queer sensibilities. With more than a nod to their Nashville home turf, the Sleaze serves up a low-brow, high-octane performance. Front woman and guitarist Lauren Gilbert's cheeky between-song banter and Southern drawl add both humor and authentic charm to the group's overall appeal. With a relentless touring schedule most bands would simply call insanity - such as their recent "Kandyland" tour, which had the band playing a different Nashville venue every night for a month; Thelma and the Sleaze are determined to bring their special brand of rock and roll nationwide.
"One of the wildest and most exciting live acts in Music City." - NPR Music