When everything breaks down around you, how do you rebuild and start again? How do you inspire trust and regain confidence in something you never fully understood? When you finally have the chance to speak again, what do you say? Before they set out to write their second album Noctures due out this spring, these were the questions that faced Uh Huh Her's Leisha Hailer and Camila Grey. Not by choice, but by necessity.
Where most new bands play their first gig in front of a handful of people, Hailer and Grey debuted to a packed house of industry heads, critics and fans, many of whom might have been more familiar with Hailey's character "Alice" on The L Word than they were with her role in '90s indie duo The Murmurs. For Grey, it was her first group project since a tenure with the lo-fi indie outfit Mellowdrone. There was no shortage of hype, and even though their backing band consisted of one iPod, they delivered the goods in spades. Expectations mounted, and one year after releasing their self-produced EP, I See Red, they released their full-length. Co-produced by Grey and Al Clay (Pixies, Blur), Common Reaction was a full serving of new wave electro-pop that broke with the anthemic single "Not A Love Song." But just as their momentum was building, a split with their label detached the band from all their support and management.