Strange Jerome : Vicious Tattoo
Seattle based Strange Jerome combines the right amount of grit and edge with dynamic harmonies and gripping melodies. By blending alternative country, shadowy folk and blues influences, this clever roots rock band has crafted a provocative sound that has been described as Lucinda Williams and the Cowboy Junkies meets the Pretenders. The Strange Jerome story began when eight year-old Sherri Nudelman discovered a guitar belonging to a friend's older brother in their basement. Inspired and obsessed, she began to incessantly harass her parents for a white electric guitar. Despite her disappointment with the small child's acoustic that actually showed up one Christmas, Sherri demanded guitar lessons. An early fixation with the likes of Elvis and the Beatles fueled her desire and she was determined to become a rock star. Sherri, born and raised in New Jersey, started writing songs at unknown early age and performed them for her babysitters. It wasn't until her late teens that she began a serious attempt at songwriting. Countless hours spent alone in her room yielded songs which lead to her experience playing in the band The Animators. In her mid-twenties Sherri teamed up with a variety of other musicians and singer songwriters and played the NYC circuit. She had always wanted to change her last name to something that was a little more performer friendly, but with her father deceased she felt a bit guilty abandoning the family name. The solution... she decided to take his first name as her last. Sherri Jerome headed to Seattle in the mid 90's. After collaborating with many musicians and doing solo gigs, Sherri joined forces with guitarist Michael Beckworth. The two met while networking at a popular Seattle open mic night. The partnership has proven to be one that works. Michael's definitive, gritty guitar sounds and tasteful phrasings bring a distinctive essence to Sherri's songs. As the driving force behind Strange Jerome, Sherri and Michael still perform as a duo but most often with a variety of other musicians as a full band. . Strange Jerome's new CD, "Vicious Tattoo", was self-produced and mixed by Jon Goff of Seattle's own Memphis Radio Kings. The CD has been described as very powerful and downright addictive. There is a certain inflection and emotion in Sherri's sultry voice almost like Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders fame. Her melodic songwriting style is fiery and emotive with a bit of attitude. It insinuates secrets of a forlorn heart as well as a determined aloofness. The first track, "Shaved Your Head And Went To Rome" is a memorable; almost Eastern European influenced rock song that is reminiscent of older Fleetwood Mac. The radio friendly 'Darlin'', an impassioned, I'm leaving you song, is an excellent burst of energy from the first note to the end. As the driving force behind Strange Jerome, Sherri and Michael still perform as a duo but most often with a variety of other musicians as a full band.