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Uh Huh Her sweats it out at Harlow’s

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In a rare all ages show at Harlow’s last night, L.A.’s Uh Huh Her performed for a packed room of excited fans ready to make the most of a typically low-key Monday night.

Taking their name from the 2004 PJ Harvey album of the same title, Uh Huh Her is a sultry electro-pop duo made up of ex-Mellodrone bassist and keyboardist Camila Grey (who has collaborated with Busta Rhymes, Kelly Osbourne and Dr. Dre) and musician and actress, Leisha Hailey, formerly of The Murmurs and most well known from her role as bisexual journalist, Alice Pieszecki, on Showtime‘s, “The L Word.”

While Hailey’s resume could suggest the band is an actor’s passing fancy, the pair are seasoned performers and multi-instrumentalists to boot, even swapping their bass and guitar at one point.

Leisha Hailey of Uh Huh Her performs at Harlow’s in Sacramento, CA on July 25, 2011.
The flirty stage banter was effortless as they forged a connection with the enrapt, overwhelmingly female crowd.

"We just came from Vegas," said Hailey with a smile, explaining a brief technical difficulty with her synth, "so you can imagine what my keyboard has been through!"

The music Uh Huh Her has put out so far – their 2010 debut, “Common Reaction,” and 2011’s, “Black and Blue” EP – could be described as synth-driven pop with electronic rhythm, made all the more dreamy with Grey’s and Hailey’s melodic vocals.

Seeing the songs performed Monday with a second guitar and live drums gave them a rawness, turning the performance into more of a rock ‘n’ roll show than you might have expected from listening to their recorded material.

The only issue seemed to be that the precision of the keys and vocals were overpowered by the accompanying muscle, not that it mattered to the dancing and now sweaty crowd. If anything, the organic live show enhanced the experience of seeing the twosome play, and they weren’t the only ones generating body heat.

"I’m sweating balls up here. Balls, I tell you," said a soaked Grey, wiping the top of her chest with a towel to deafening squeals of delight from the crowd. "I don’t know what that means, but it’s happening."

Camila Grey of Uh Huh Her performs at Harlow’s in Sacramento, CA on July 25, 2011.

Songs from their yet-to-be-released second LP, “Nocturnes,” were also being honed on the road. Originally planned for a 2011 summer release, Hailey said she thinks the new album will be out in October.

After a quick show and encore that lasted a little over an hour, the ladies of UHH sent their fans home exhausted and happy, as they stuck around to sign autographs and take pictures for a long line of fans that snaked along the inside of the club.

"They’re hot," said new fan Lisa Burns, who found out about the show – and band – through meetup.com. "I’ve never heard of them but I’m very impressed!"

Photos by Steven Chea

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