Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Show Review: Uh Huh Her at the Duck Room, Friday, May 2

Posted By on Sat, May 3, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Melancholy Angie Mattson opened for Uh Huh Her all by herself last night in the basement with the ducky décor at Blueberry Hill. While the absence of her band and gloominess of the venue (even illuminated mallards don’t make the Duck Room a cozy den) decreased the brittle emotion found on tracks sampled online, the folk version of Angie Mattson wasn’t bad. Her lonely lyrics translated well to an acoustic sound, but some of the fragility didn’t carry over; slower tempo songs like “December” bordered on apathetic.

It took around fifteen minutes for Uh Huh Her to make an appearance after Mattson's set ended, to the shrieking pleasure of surrounding audience members -- who minutes before had engaged in an “Uh Huh Her” chant that died down when Camila Grey and Leisha Hailey continued to take their sweet time.

Taking into account guitar player/keyboarder Hailey’s stardom in The L Word, the demographic was anticipated, but the sheer totality of lesbians attending this concert was initially a little mystifying. Uh Huh Her, whose name references a song by PJ Harvey, is “glossed-up electropop” that, on the upcoming album Common Reaction shimmers watery and incandescent; the delicate desperation of tracks like “Dreamer” are buoyed by electro-pop hopefulness in “Wait Another Day.”

It wasn’t immediately clear how this sound might self-select for a woman’s sexuality the way, say, the roid-ish aggression of Rob Zombie “can” select for a certain type of dude. But at Friday's show, glittery Camila flirtatiously pandered the persona of an airily absent female, engaging in the non-conversation ubiquitously found in soft-core porn intros. (Camila: “Oh, we’re having some technical difficulties; should Leisha strip to bide time?”)

While this was met with considerable enthusiasm by the audience, it was unnecessary; Uh Huh Her’s sparkling sound transcends subcultures.

-- Kristy Wendt


Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Speaking of Reviews

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 9, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation