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13 March 2011

Uh Huh, It's Uh Huh Her

Samantha Anne Carrillo
Any band that's composed of 50 percent Leisha Hailey deserves your attention. The vivacious blond actress and musician, best known for her role as The L Word's bisexual e-journalist and funny lady Alice Pieszecki, comprises one-half of sugary electro-pop duo Uh Huh Her. What you might not know is that Hailey's star turn on the sapphic Showtime soap was a diversion from her primary passion, music. Prior to joining the cast of The L Word, Hailey's full-time creative occupation was playing alt-pop guitar and singing for The Murmurs. After Hailey's thespian sabbatical from the music world, she formed Uh Huh Her with Camila Grey and former bandmate Alicia Warrington. And, yes, they named themselves after PJ Harvey's '04 album, but this choice of name serves more as an indication of good taste and a charming set of syllables than a description of Uh Huh Her's sound. Uh Huh Her's sound is a couple jiggers synth-driven bass throb and a shot of '80s-tinged plaintive new wave, but the real magic happens when Hailey and Grey's voices flit around around one another in meet-cute-meets-happily ever after vox dance. Classically trained pianist Grey formerly served as bassist and keyboardist for lo-fi indie rock band Mellowdrone and has worked with a range of musicians, including Dr. Dre, Busta Rhymes, and Melissa Auf der Maur. After releasing its first EP, I See Red, and LP, Common Reaction, Uh Huh Her split from their label, citing creative differences. Hailey and Grey quickly got back on the, er, unicorn and wrote and recorded their new album, Nocturnes, which is only available at live performances for the present.

Winding its way toward SXSW, Uh Huh Her performs in downtown Albuquerque, at Low Spirits (2823 Second St. NW), on Monday evening. Doors at 8 p.m. 21+. $15.

El Lay pop-rock positivist Vanessa Silberman, a/k/a Diamonds Under Fire, is touring with Uh Huh Her and will also perform at the Low Spirits gig.

Samantha Anne Carrillo / a fifth-wave feminist from the fourth estate | a burqueña | a ladyboss | a writer + editor

I am a fifth-wave feminist and a reluctant member⸺hey, Groucho knew whereof he quipped⸺of both the fourth estate and the gig economy. I am an Albuquerque-based freelance writer, editor and social media marketing and branding+PR consultant. I remain an observant ’90s riot grrrl and a devout practitioner of halfhearted yoga posturing and zen and the art of the sentence diagram.


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