When you name your album Fuck, Marry, Kill there’s an assumption that the contents within will be a continuous rip-roaring affair. In general, that’s exactly what Thelma and the Sleaze delivers on their latest full-length adorned with that eponymous title but we’ve come to expect the unexpected when it comes to anything LG Gilbert is involved with. As such, the latest single from TATS is a surprisingly gentle and introspective number.
Gilbert’s describes “Something I Can Touch” as an ode to what it’s like to “…grow-up poor and stay poor.” It’s a lament for the better life adorned with vulnerable vocals and a saxophone solo that will touch even the most hardened of souls. The video depicts a roller skater finding joy in the act of existing, before LG sets fire to a pile of cash; perhaps insinuating that the simple life ain’t all bad.
Thelma and the Sleaze is known for their raucous live performances and swaggering Southern Rock but, truth be told, Fuck, Marry, Kill contains a number of songs that show the band stretching well beyond that. “Something I Can Touch” is a great example of this and, hopefully, a reminder to give the new album a spin to see just much the band is changing in their delivery.