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On Tuesday August 4th I had the privilege of being invited to sit in on a rehearsal of Girls Girls Girls.

I know, the name says it all, but I will tell you anyway: They are an all-girl Motley Crue tribute band, and I would not hesitate to say they are one of the best.

My trip started off by meeting Denise Mercedes-Mars, the lead guitarist of the band, whose career started as a punk rocker in the Late '70s early 80's. She played with a band called The Stimulators. She then took some time off from the music business. In 2006 she decided to play again and met Nikita Seis and Tawny Lee, and Girls Girls Girls was born. Denise, who is endorsed by Hagstrom Guitars of Sweden, is an extremely articulate guitar player who can easily keep up with the best players around.

Next we made a stop at a Thai restaurant and met with the rest of the band's members, Nikita, Tawny & Elaine. Nikita Seis, the bass player/manager, is now back as the bassist after a two-year hiatus from performing. Tawny Lee, the drummer, is hard-hitting and her timing is on point. Elaine Tuttle, the singer and newest addition to the band, has tons of energy and a great vocal range. We had a bite to eat and talked about music and family. I have to say the girls had some interesting stories to tell, but that is a story for another time.

Then on to the studio where I was treated to a great performance. The music was so intense and powerful it had me standing for the full two-hour rehearsal.


Q&A

I spoke with Nikita Seis and asked a few Questions


MusicRealms:

How long have you been playing together?


Nikita Seis:

Denise, Tawny and I have been together since 2006. I took a break from 2012-2014, so they played with another bassist during those years while I managed the band, but now I'm back full time!


MusicRealms:

What are your other musical influences?


Nikita Seis:

I've loved just about everything over the years, except country and rap. Some other favorite bands have been Ratt, Sonic Youth, Ween, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Air, and a ton of '70s/'80s metal, as well as soft rock/yacht rock.


MusicRealms:

How do you promote you band and shows?


Nikita Seis:

We've always been a visual band, so we're big on fliers, both for web and print. I like getting out there and handing fliers to people and introducing myself.


MusicRealms:

Describe your show visually and musically?


Nikita Seis:

I like to think we bring a lot of what Motley Crue brings, minus the pyrotechnics and drum rollercoasters. I'd imagine our show is more akin to what they played in clubs when they were first starting out - raw, dirty rock'n'roll, performed with makeup, hairspray and attitude.


MusicRealms:

What are your thoughts about downloading music?


Nikita Seis:

I pay for whatever we listen to.


MusicRealms:

What is a day in the life of girls girls girls like?


Nikita Seis:

We all come from wildly different backgrounds and day jobs. Let's just say I jump into a phone booth and change out of my work clothes and mom clothes and become a completely different person when I hit the stage. "The Dirt" definitely wasn't written about us, but we're fine if people want to believe that it was. We won't ruin that image for people by telling the truth.


MusicRealms:

What inspired you to do what you do?


Nikita Seis:

Motley Crue's Home Sweet Home performance at Madison Square Garden in 2005. True story. Vince started to sing the song, and the sold-out crowd took over and sang the whole first verse. The band was visibly moved by hearing the Garden singing the song that they wrote, and I thought, "I want to feel something like that." Their music brings me back to my youth, listening to their records in my older cousin's bedroom, having crushes on dirty rocker boys - being young and stupid and care-free. It's fun to deliver those feelings to all the people who come to our shows and make them remember those feelings as well.


MusicRealms:

What advice would you give to fellow bands?


Nikita Seis:

It sounds funny coming from someone in a tribute band, but be authentic and real. People see that. I was never meant to write music, but I can definitely perform it. Some people think that makes me less of a musician, but we've seen more faces in my audiences than a lot of fellow original musicians. I did it without any experience, just passion and drive.


MusicRealms:

What are the biggest obstacles for cover bands?


Nikita Seis:

I think we have it easier than most original bands as far as getting gigs, but people want to hear the songs as they know them, so you have to do your best to nail that.


MusicRealms:

What is the best thing about playing in clubs?


Nikita Seis:

Meeting a wide variety of people from all over America that also love rock'n'roll.


MusicRealms:

What is the worst thing about playing in clubs?


Nikita Seis:

Having to get dressed in bathrooms if they don't have a real dressing room!


MusicRealms:

Has motley crue ever seen you perform?


Nikita Seis:

In the early myspace days, we sent Tommy a youtube clip and he commented that it was "rad." But none of them have ever seen us live.


MusicRealms:

Tell us about your next show and why should we be there?


Nikita Seis:

We're playing an afterparty for the Crue show at Barclay's Center. The club is walking distance from the venue, and we'll be playing a lot of deep cuts and fan favorites that the Crue haven't played for years. We also have a really fabulous guest singer, Elaine Tuttle, joining us on vocals! It's Motley Crue's last time in NYC - we want to help everyone make the party last a little bit longer! It's August 12 at Lucky 13 Saloon, 644 Sackett Street, immediately following the show (doors, 11; show, midnight). And the club is giving a free PBR to anyone with a concert ticket!

Band Credits


Girls Girls Girls was featured on VH1 Classic's 'That Metal Show' in a hilarious segment on tribute bands;


They were the subject of an art gallery exhibition by Rachel Rampleman, covered by the Huffington Post


They we're on the cover of the Village Voice premier Fall issue, 2014.


Headline toured in US & Mexico;


Opened for iconic Lynyrd Skynyrd, Queensryche, Korn, Yeah Yeah Yeah's.


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