Slothrust’s Leah Wellbaum: “There's a culture where women haven't been as encouraged to be loud and take up space. Guitar solos are the opposite of that”

Leah Wellbaum
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When Leah Wellbaum, guitarist of Boston alt-rockers Slothrust joins our call, she’s busy getting to grips with the new Fender American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster with a few enlightening realizations. 

“It has an active pickup,” she beams, with the guitar held aloft, “which means to use it through a pedalboard, the pickup has to be charged. So right now it's plugged into my wall with my phone charger!” 

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Cheri Amour

Cheri Amour is a writer, editor and broadcaster intent on amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists in print, online and on air. During her twenties, she played lead guitar in a touring two-piece, sharing the stage with The Slits and John Peel-approved punks The Nightingales. Formerly Deputy Editor at TGA Magazine, Cheri headed up its Tech section pouring over pedals with everyone to indie icon Debbie Smith (Echobelly/Curve) to multi-instrumentalist Katie Harkin (Sleater Kinney/Waxahatchee/Wye Oak). She's currently working on an upcoming 33 1/3 book on the unassuming influence of South Bronx sister troupe ESG, out in Spring 2023.