Band of the Week: Uno Lady

Meet the Band: Uno Lady (vocals)

Straight Outta the Living Room: Uno Lady, who counts Roy Orbison, Laurie Anderson, Freddie Mercury, Mary Ford, the Shangri-Las, and the Shirelles as her influences, played her first show at Pat's in the Flats in 2007 and has been a steady force on the local scene ever since. "I went from recording in my living room with no plans beyond that, to being asked to play shows, and slowly learned how to perform live," she says.

Lotsa Loops: Since she manipulates her upper register voice by sampling it and mixing it with a number of loops, the live show has been a tricky proposition. But Uno Lady has figured it out and is about to embark on her first real tour after playing a couple of CD release shows in Northeast Ohio. "There have been a good amount of developments as well as simplifications," she says when asked about the live performance. "My genius friend Ian Charnas is helping me construct a new podium out of a vintage suitcase. In addition, to a bunch of new songs, I have a new loop pedal that has some fancy buttons. Other than that, I like to keep it simple: My voice, a loop pedal, and a mixer."

Why You Should Hear Her: Her new album, Amateur Hour, commences with "Dear Wes Anderson (You should Hear This Song)," an atmospheric tune characterized by soft vocals that make it sound like a veritable choir is singing. It's one of the more unique albums you'll ever hear. "I wanted to take unfinished songs that were worth finishing, re-record and fine tune them, and couple those with a new material," she says of the new album. "It is meant to be a sort of wrap up, an ending of a chapter. Another thing I am excited about — this is the first Uno Lady release featuring other artists. I was lucky enough to have the Cross Brothers [from the local indie rock group Little Bighorn] lend their musical talents on a few of the tracks."

Where You Can Hear Her:

Where You Can See Her: Uno Lady performs with Delaney Davidson and Peep at 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, at Annabelle's in Akron and with Delaney Davidson and Shale Satans at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Euclid Tavern.

About The Author

Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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