Open letter to Camila Grey of UH HUH HER
Open letter to Camila Grey of UH HUH HER
Please be assured I mean absolutely no disrespect whatsoever and I am actually a huge fan of UHH.
So back in 2008, UH HUH HER toured Common Reaction twice and were always well dressed and in fact, Leisha Hailey said in interviews that she was trying to get Camila Grey to dress up a bit more since they were giving a show. For the gigs they did in 2009 and 2010, they were also dressed up and dynamic on stage.
For the Black & Blue tour this spring, Leisha's outfits were hit or miss, meaning she had nice outfits for some shows and looked as though she was wearing a little girl's pajama top for others or those god-awful worn-out tights and worn-out oversized t-shirts for other shows. However, they were both dynamic during the shows and had a good stage presence. Being both single, they even felt free to engage in flirtatious behaviors on stage to the absolute delight of the fans. The Black & Blue tour was absolutely amazing and by far superior to the disappointing Nocturnes tour.
Then they release their best album yet NOCTURNES (which I absolutely adore and am obsessed with) and we get no dynamic on stage, lumberjack outfits from Leisha Hailey, no funny banter, barely any interactions between the two of them on stage and god forbid they should get within 20 feet of each other on stage.
They get Brad to play the Nord to, and I quote Camila Grey and Brad Ackley respectively, "to mix it up" and "to free up Leisha". So what does Leisha do? She sits in front of the drums or hangs for dear life on her mic stand or leans on the Nord played by Brad Ackley during Philosophy. Really! What happened to the sexy dynamic Philosophy renditions we got in the spring on the Black & Blue tour. UH HUH HER should realise that if they start using s** appeal and flirtatious behaviour to create a buzz about a song or the band or get people excited enough to go see them live hoping they will get to witness this raw sexiness live, well then they can't just stop and start acting like robots who are just performing because they are contractually obligated to.
Well they can do whatever they want but they must be ready to face the backlash; most of the fans were so disappointed to look at Leisha Hailey sitting on the edge of the drummer's platform during Philosophy at all the shows I attended this past month and when Leisha was handing the bass to Camila Grey for Not A Love Song, the fans went crazy, hollering at them because it was the first and only time they were actually within 20 feet of each other and had to actually pay attention to their bandmate. They each seemed way more concerned about the new drummer Bobby Alt than each other.
Now I understand Bobby Alt was really new to the band and barely knew the songs when they started the tour, but then again, wouldn't a serious band concerned about giving a good show schedule rehearsals with the new member of the band before hitting the road, and not just the day prior to departure as the case was this time around. I do admit it was endearing watching Leisha approve of the beat and rythm Bobby Alt was drumming on the songs he managed to get right. However, the constant signalling of the impending end of the song was not as professional. Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey were however playing tighter than I've ever seen them play and they also interacted with guitarist Brad Ackley better and even let him sing chorus on the encore Leisha sang (also another strong point).
However, the image of the band is based on the sexy hot actress known for her racy role on TV. So when Leisha just does not want to put in the effort to be her cute sexy adorable self, then that's when I say she just stopped caring about the band. It's really sad for Camila Grey who always shows up for the shows and actually cares enough about the experience the fans get to get upset when technical difficulties plague a show. Leisha Hailey just keeps playing through the set as if she can't hear the massive Larsen effects just so she can get the show done, fulfill her obligations and get off the stage as quickly as possible.
Other interesting fact, they have started using musical interlude played by the drummer and guitarist Brad Ackley (who are both super nice by the way) when the front women need to trade instruments or make adjustments just so they don't have to engage the crowd with some funny banter or comments or something. If all the fans wanted was to listen to the songs, they would play the CD at home. When going to a live show, one expects a show, which means yes a stage outfit, dynamic interactions with the audience, funny banter, just something to show the people who paid to attend that they do care and really want the fans to have a great time.
I suppose I may very well be a minority when it comes to fans demographics, but for me, seeing "Alice Piesz...whatever the name of her character is" in the flesh is not what draws me to the shows nor to the band for that matter. I thoroughly enjoy the music and the amazing, sadly underrated, musical talent of Camila Grey. And when Leisha Hailey puts her heart into it, I have to admit that both ladies of UH HUH HER have incredible chemistry together.
Well all along I have said that either Leisha has stopped caring about the band OR she's depressed over her recent break-up and should seek professional help to treat her depression. Now I got torn apart for suggesting she might be depressed and was assured by her many fans that the ending of her 10 year relationship was no big deal. I tend to disagree and think that Leisha might very well be depressed, lonely and basically heart-broken. While it's completely understandable to feel sad after a tough break-up, when one is unable to grieve the lost relationship in time, then one must be concerned about depression and seek professional help. Depression is a serious illness affecting 1 in 6 women in North America.
I sincerely hope, for Camila Grey's sake, UH HUH HER's sake, and yes for my sake also since I really hope the band makes it so we get a 3rd album, that Leisha Hailey mends her broken heart and gets serious about the band before it's too late...
A real fan and no not a hater.