Uh Huh Her (band)

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Uh Huh Her
Uh Huh Her Apr 2012.jpeg
Uh Huh Her performing at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London, April 2012
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Indie pop, indie rock, new wave, synthpop, indietronica
Years active 2007–present
Labels Plaid Records (current)
Nettwerk (former)
Website uhhuhher.com
Members Leisha Hailey
Camila Grey
Past members Alicia Warrington

Uh Huh Her is an indie/rock/electropop band that was formed in January 2007. The band's name came from an album by artist PJ Harvey, titled Uh Huh Her.[1] The band has mentioned several times changing their name to UHH (pronunciation "U-H-H"), as opposed to the full "Uh Huh Her". They believe the original name looks good in written form, but is awkward to pronounce. It is unclear at this time if the name change will be made official at any point.

Band members[edit]

Camila Grey (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard), former member of the lo-fi rock band Mellowdrone, had not released any solo material prior to joining Uh Huh Her; however, she had played bass and keyboards for a variety of artists, such as Dr. Dre, Melissa Auf der Maur, Busta Rhymes, and Kelly Osbourne. She was also a member of Adam Lambert's live band (keyboardist).

Leisha Hailey (backing vocals, bass, keyboard), formerly of The Murmurs and Gush, had temporarily left the music business to join the cast of Showtime's series The L Word as the character Alice Pieszecki. The band formed during filming of the final seasons of the show.

Originally, drummer Alicia Warrington had been Uh Huh Hers third member; however, she separated from the group early on. Several other musicians have performed with Uh Huh Her as hired session players, although some have been involved with the band on a semi-permanent basis. Uh Huh Her is generally still regarded as a duo, with the only official members being Camila Grey and Leisha Hailey.

EPs and full-length albums[edit]

I See Red EP[edit]

The band's first project was the I See Red EP, released on July 24, 2007. The EP includes a version of the song Say So in which Hailey sang lead vocals (the later release of the song had Grey singing lead). Say So was also the first track the band wrote together (along with former member, Alicia Warrington). The vocals for the EP were recorded in Grey's bathroom.

Common Reaction[edit]

Uh Huh Her's debut album was released on August 19, 2008. Both Explode and Say So were released for a second time on the full-length album as both members felt the songs deserved to be more polished. The record was charted at number 9 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers.

Black and Blue EP[edit]

Since making the switch to an independent label, a lack of funding (and Grey's tour with Adam Lambert) put a halt on the immediate release of the second full-length album. To fill the gap between albums, the band released their second EP, Black and Blue on April 19, 2011. The release fell just prior to the band's second major tour, so that they would have new material for fans to purchase. The entire six-track EP was recorded and produced in under two weeks. The song Philosoper is written as such on the track listing, however the alternate title Philosophy is widely used and recognized by both fans and the band themselves.

Nocturnes[edit]

The band worked on their second full length album for several years, and it was eventually released on October 11, 2011. The songs Same High and Human Nature were both originally written for films (The Kids Are All Right and Twilight, respectively... although Human Nature was not included in the Twilight movie[2]). Grey wrote Human Nature, Wake To Sleep and Darkness Is independently (Darkness Is was originally titled "Never Absolute"). Hailey wrote Debris on her own, and she has said on several occasions that the song is about phone sex. Wake To Sleep was written about the process of making the album, and refers to the differing sleeping habits of the band members. Criminal was written about the band's experience splitting with their former record label and managers.

EP3[edit]

The third EP was released on December 11, 2012 and features reworked, acoustic versions of Debris, I See Red, Black and Blue, Not a Love Song, Common Reaction, and Philosophy. In this version of Debris, Grey sings lead vocals (as opposed to Hailey, who wrote the song).

Future Souls[edit]

Hailey and Grey have suggested a dance album as their third full-length release. In an interview on June 30, 2013, when asked about a release date, the band stated that they are aiming to be on tour by Summer of 2014, and would like the record to be out for a while prior to that. However, because they are not on a label, "Ultimately, it's when the funds are available". [3]

On October 21st, 2013, the band announced they had finished the album : "We are finalizing our third album this month and are super excited about it! No release date yet, but we will let you know as soon as we know." In an interview released in November, the band put forward a March 2014 release date.

On January 20th 2014, the band started accepting pre-orders for a new album called "Future Souls" available on March 25th 2014. The lead single, titled "Innocence", was made available on iTunes on February 4th 2014. The second single, "It's Chemical", was made available on March 4th 2014.

"Future Souls" was released on iTunes and other digital providers on March 25, 2014. The band will be touring in support of the album from late April through the end of June, across the US and Canada.

Major tours[edit]

Common Reaction Tour[edit]

The first major tour was from October 17, 2008 until November 18, 2008, after the release of Common Reaction. The tour consisted 19 tour dates, mostly in the US, with a few shows in Canada and one in the UK.

Black and Blue Tour[edit]

The second major tour (commonly referred to as the "Black and Blue Tour" or "B&B Tour") went from March 14, 2011 until May 19, 2011. This was the band's biggest tour to date, featuring 39 shows across the US and Canada.

Keep A Breast Tour[edit]

The third major tour was in association with the Keep A Breast Foundation (and is appropriately referred to as the "Keep A Breast Tour" or "KAB Tour"). It featured 21 tour dates in the US and Canada, from October 8, 2011 until November 6, 2011.

European Tour[edit]

The fourth major tour took place from April 13–24, 2012, and included 10 tour dates across Europe. It has sometimes been referred to as the "UK Tour", despite several shows in the Netherlands/Germany. Unlike previous tours, the European tour did not feature a lead guitarist, and they also chose to perform several songs acoustically.

Future Souls Tour[edit]

The fifth major tour took place from April 27th, 2014 until July 2nd, 2014. It consisted of 45 tour dates in the US and Canada. This tour featured DJ Kim Anh as an opening act.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • Not A Love Song (2008)
  • Explode (2008)
  • Another Case (2011)
  • Disdain (2012)
  • Wake To Sleep (2012)
  • Human Nature (2012)
  • Innocence (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swartz, Shauna (2007-07-23). "Introducing Uh Huh Her". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  2. ^ "Interview: Camila Grey of LA Duet Uh Huh Her". http://musicunderfire.com. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.fearlessradio.com/en/podcasts/uh-huh-her-063013.html

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