No Lilith Fair headliners or riot grrrl politicos, the members of Tootsie simply all-out rock, applying a sexy, sultry edge to glammed-up rock & roll that tips a hat to Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Guns N' Roses, and Slayer. Singer/guitarist Erika Lebel, bassist Beth Lahr, and drummer Hillary Koogier got together when Lebel went on an Internet mission to recruit like-minded musicians who shared her love of "big shows, big hooks, and big, flashy rock bands." She found what she was looking for in Lahr and Koogier and Tootsie immediately hit the road, playing over 100 intense live gigs. In 2001, the band began work on their debut album with producer Bill Solum. The self-titled record, released on Spike Records on Valentine's Day of 2002, is a fast-paced selection of straight-ahead big riff rock & roll that could have come right out of the late 70s. The music captures the feeling of Tootsie's crazy live shows, which feature, among the fans, flashing girls and buff guys given to lifting Lebel up over their heads mid-song.
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