Take notes boys, the totally self-absorbed, totally ambiguous Southern all-female rock ‘n’ roll band that is Thelma and The Sleaze hails from Nashville, Tennessee. Lead by lead vocalist songwriter/guitar player, all-around badass Lauren “LG” Gilbert shreds the guitar with the most gorgeous soulful rock voice. I saw Thelma and The Sleaze in the winter of 2015 when they performed at the Wayfarer in Costa Mesa, and they blew me away. Their line-up has changed a little but the essence stays the same, now with Coochie on keys, Queenie on bass, and Pigpen on drums for the west coast tour.
Promoting their latest album “Fuck, Marry, Kill” released September 21st on The What Of Whom Records. Before the girls packed in and rocked Bigfoot Lodge, Lauren Gilbert and I did an interview outside.
Tell me about this tour.
LG- I’m exhausted but it’s been a dream, a literal dream.
You played Santa Cruz last night with the power off?
LG- Fuck yeah, we played! It was a banger, we were the only game in town. It was packed and I signed 4 pairs of boobs, it was an excellent show. Tonight is the motorcycle night. I’m very excited, and we’re playing Tempe, Arizona tomorrow.
What’s new on this tour?
LG- Pigpen our drummer is new and we’re playing a lot of songs off our new album “Fuck Marry Kill,” so that’s cool. Everybody likes the record a lot, people have been stoked to hear the new songs live. Pigpen’s been killing it on this tour, she’s from a band called Pearl Earl in Dallas and you’ll probably be seeing a lot more from Pigpen.
How many dates do you have left?
LG- We have two dates after tonight, and then we get back home and we will see what happens. Our next project is a cassette of Coochie’s homeland folk music cause she’s from Spain and she’s always singing great songs, so I want to put it out on tape. I also want to do a 7″ of this song “Leather Nights,” and this new song we just released called “Vulture Dogs” so that’s what’s on the docket for us.
What are your influences on the new album “Fuck Marry Kill”?
LG- Robert Palmer and lots of 80’s grown folk’s music. I’m in my 30’s now and though it doesn’t come out in our live music much, it’s what I’ve been listening to a lot of. This is the first time I’ve worked with the label The What Of Whom. The record got done right, he put a good chunk of money behind it that matched what I put behind it, we learned some stuff too so the next one we will have it even more together. Energy, attention and time was invested and that’s why you see a difference in this album in terms of the way things look and the professional nature of it. It’s still Thelma and the Sleaze but we did a lot better this time.
Anything you want to mention
LG- I have great fans, they support me and the ladies who play with me and I’m really thankful for that. I’m really happy with the record, everyone should listen to the new record cause it’s the best rock ‘n’ roll record of the year.
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