Sexual Thunder! is a psychedelic funk band that formed in the Spring of 2011 after a few Tulane University musicians decided to get together and jam. Once they played as a group, the five dudes realized they had something special going and decided to start the band. A couple years and various developments later, Sexual Thunder! is finally releasing their first album. Entitled Cheek Sweat, their first album will debut October 25th at One Eyed Jacks with Stoop Kids and Abby Diamond also on the bill.
www.redbeansandlife.com sat down with band manager and guitarist George Wilde whose stage name is “Wilde Man aka Buck Wilde” and learn about about the Sexual Thunder! Here’s what’s what with the funky band with the funky name that has been able to take the leap from successful college band to successful New Orleans band since the last of it’s members graduated from Tulane in May. (Full article is available here.)
The group originally began as an instrumental ensemble going by the name of Sexual Thunder because one member in the band wanted to tell girls he was in a band called Sexual Thunder. According to Wilde, the group still has debates over who is credited with the name. “We can’t remember exactly who came up with it or who agreed to it for that matter.”
The exclamation point was added to the band’s name after they played a show during Mardi Gras and each band member was decked out in costume. Wilde explains what it meant “to be in be in a band called Sexual Thunder and wearing a costume on stage and what it does to your performance. It just felt right. We decided we had to maintain that level of showmanship.”
Each band member has a stage name (or few) that contributes to the high energy persona that is Sexual Thunder! Wilde explains, “when you put on a show, you’re trying to engage everyone in the room. We can take the performance to a level that’s larger than life.” In addition to Wilde, the band consists of Dillon Frazier aka Dillon the Villain on drums, Robert Hinson aka Mobert on bass, Ari Kohn aka Jewlius Pleaser, the Semitic Stallion and, the Hebrew Hammer on saxophone and, Black Letters (always Black Letters) on keyboard.
There are no scheduled shows.