From the north valleys of the Queen City (Cincinnati) comes Thee Shams. Together since '99, the family Sham has uniquely captured the edgy rawness of early garage, the drug-induced mysticism of yesteryear's psychedelic rock, and the soulful blues reminiscent of Muddy Waters. With the pioneers of rock as a stepping-stone they have pushed the limits of rock and roll without ever losing the essential elements created by maximum R&B's greatest forefathers.
Thee Shams sophomore release and label debut, Please Yourself, due May 2004 on esteemed Fat Possum Records, is compiled of session recordings at Bruce Watson's, The Money Shot, in Water Valley Mississippi. The successor of the nationally voted top ten album of 2001, Thee Shams, Take Off, leaves in its wake countless wigglin'; rumps, screamin'; tomatoes and a mind blown craving for more of their muddy psychedelic swamp rock.
Hitting the road with their whiskey-soaked rock n' roll thee Gabbard brothers, Fox, Bender and Sebaali are doing what they do best; flooding the stage with their unique blend of blues and rock. Most recently, the quintet shared dates with Akron and Fat Possum's own, The Black Keys and are getting ready to hit the road with Merge Recording artists, Spoon.
This summer will see Thee Shams travelin' across nation as the plan to shake the doors off every speak-easy, hall and ballroom from sea to shining sea. The season will also bear witness to the process of the third, and sophomore Fat Possum effort, via John Curley and his Ultra Suede Studios that reside in the rolling hills of the Ohio River Valley. There can be no denyin'...they are trying their best.