If it feels like the road to grungy, local hard rock outfit Thelma and Sleaze‘s debut LP has been a long one, you’re not wrong. Two years in the making, the album, which arrives after a couple of killer EPs, hundreds of tour dates, lineup changes (frontwoman Lauren Gilbert remains the constant), near-breakups, and even a recent award-winning documentary chronicling a month-long intracity tour, finally has a title- Somebody’s Doin Somethin– and is slated for a June release.
Written and recorded at both Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, CA and here in Nashville at Battle Tapes in 2015, the album was produced by Dave Catching and engineered by Jeremy Ferguson and Hayden Scott, and features a staggering list of guests: Jade Payne (Aye Nako), Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes), Tristen Gaspadarek (Tristen, Jenny Lewis), Dave Catching (Earthlings?, Eagles of Death Metal), Amaia Agirre (Buffalo Clover), Dale Spalding (Canned Heat), and Jessie Friedman (Forget Cassettes). It’ll arrive on vinyl through Last Hurrah Records, cassette on Burger Records, and digitally on iTunes.
Along with album news, Thelma, who’ve been making waves in town and drumming up attention from national press for several years now, also debuted a music video for somewhat subdued first single “Secretary,” which, while still showcasing their bite, taps into a calmer side of the band’s sound. Watch it below, and looks out for more from Thelma ahead of their debut!