In the Jukebox: Leslie 

A review of the local band's new single 'Touch Me'

Leslie
"Touch Me"
(independent)

Despite their status as hirsute local rock gods, power trio Leslie's new single "Touch Me" aims for a more polished and refined modern rock style than the vintage garage band sludge of their earlier studio efforts.

Lead singer/guitarist Sadler Vaden's distorted and muted plucking gets the rock groove rolling in the intro. Drummer Jonathan Carman's tight kick/snare beat (peppered by some highly audible shaker) kicks in as Vaden pipes in with a verse about a "bad girl with tattooed attitude." Things vaguely resemble the Foreigner radio hit "Long, Long Way From Home" before a Jason Fox pulsating bass line, additional tambourine, and a few extra rhythm guitar tracks sneak into the mix. "I want you to touch me, and I want you to feel alive!" Vaden belts out in the hooky, triumphant chorus.

If the rest of their forthcoming album reflects the confidence and luster of this teaser single, Leslie will surely turn some ears.

Leslie spit-shined "Touch Me" during recent sessions in Memphis with the help of acclaimed studio producer Paul Ebersold. If the rest of their forthcoming album reflects the confidence and luster of this teaser single, Leslie will surely turn some ears. (lesliemusic.bandcamp.com)

An acoustic video clip for "Touch Me" is up on PureVolume. Leslie is on the bill at the Widespread Panic concert at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds on Sat. Oct. 2.


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