It's hard to spot the true Uh Huh Her fans amongst the sea of
Leisha Hailey groupies. Ok, so maybe we've all got a bit of Leisha
Hailey groupie in us, no matter how much we deny it. Doesn't mean
we're not fans, but let's be honest, spending an hour or two in the
company of our favourite L Word star is a bit of a bonus. However,
it's not until lead vocalist, Camila Grey (who is also Leisha's
girlfriend) starts to sing that we realise that it's not all about
Leisha. They can actually make pretty good music.
Camila's voice has a sexy kind of darkness to it, which comes
through in many of the songs the band performs from their album,
Nocturnes, which was released last year. Time Stands Still is
melancholic, tender and romantic, while Criminal explores their
rockier side, which contrasts nicely with some soulful wailing
tones from Camila.
Leisha and Camila have some serious chemistry going on. It's
clear Leisha fancies the pants off Cam, as she gazes at her in a
loving, I-want-to-undress-you-right-now kind of way that every
single person in the crowd wishes she'd saved for them. And who
could blame her? Leisha's L Word fame might make her the star of
the show, but Camila has incredible sex appeal.
For their performance of Debris, which Leisha wrote on her own,
she announces, "This one's about phone sex" but feels the need to
add, in an adorably awkward, very Alice-like way, "I don't actually
have phone sex, it was just an idea." Debris proves the band are
not afraid to experiment with different styles; the song has a
nostalgic sort of 90s grunge feel to it.
Judging by most of the songs from Nocturnes the group seem to be
leaving their synth-inspired, electro-pop style behind in favour of
a slightly heavier, rockier sound. Although, they still find time
to indulge their fans with their set closer, I See Red, where they
perch on stools and treat us to an acoustic version.
A room full of lesbians plus beer plus a hot lesbian artist
often makes for some cringe-worthy shouted-outs from the crowd.
There's always that dread-filled moment between songs where you're
sure someone is going to scream, "get your tits out!" and embarrass
us all. But I have to say, everyone was reasonably well behaved on
It is a shame that the band's creativity and efforts seem to be
overshadowed by Leisha's fame. Camila has an incredible voice and
both women clearly have talent, yet for the majority of the
entirely female crowd it seemed to be a little too much about
Leisha and not quite enough about the music.
Uh Huh Her play London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on 24 April.
They also play Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow,