Leggy is one of the sweetest things to come out of Cincinnati, Ohio. The trio of Véronique Allaer, Kerstin Bladh and Christopher Campbell make dreamy bubblegum punk that’s equal parts infectious and edgy.
After teaming up with Jerri Queen of Tweens for their first EP, “Cavity Castle” the band called on him again for their recent release, “Nice Try” an EP all about crushing and being the baddest chick you can be.
She Shreds: How did Leggy come together?
Véronique Allaer: After I graduated college in DC, I didn’t really know what I wanted to be doing. That summer I had this crazy experience where I fell off a fire escape and broke my hip and I could have died. Something like that really makes you get your priorities in order. Music was my first passion but it had been on the back-burner when I was in school, trying to discover something I loved that I could “realistically” pursue. I knew immediately after the fall incident that I wanted to start a band and at least attempt to play music. So I moved back to Cincinnati, into an apt with K + C and we started a band!
When did each of you first realize you were into music?
VA: My dad has always been into music, and it was what we bonded over when I was growing up. He took me to some amazing concerts when I was little – Lillith Fair, Spice Girls, and exposed me to some alt-rock ’90s goddesses that definitely still influence me to this day – Gwen, Courtney Love, Alanis, etc.
Kerstin Bladh: My mom was always listening to music during my childhood so it became one of my first interests in addition to be a comfort. She would put on Carole King or Beach Boys tapes for me at bedtime and always had something playing around the house. Also, my dad is an audio engineer so I got to experience live music at a very young age and always had access to instruments.
What gear do you currently use and what were the first instruments that you learned?
VA: The guitar I use most often is the first guitar I ever owned, a little Fender Squier. My mom took me to a pawn shop on my 16th birthday and let me pick out what I wanted and it’s served me faithfully ever since. I’ve bought another guitar since then because I thought I needed to upgrade my gear situation, but I keep coming back to the Squier because I love it’s tone. Amp-wise, I use a Fender Champion because it’s simple, has a ton of built in effect options, and (most importantly) because it’s surprisingly light!
KB: I play a 1979 Fender P-Bass. I’m spoiled. I’ve never played any other bass. My dad rents backline gear and has kindly let me hold onto his bass on a semi-permanent basis. My cab is an Ampeg Portaflex 210 and the head is an Acoustic 200. My first instrument, however, was a drum set that I got for Christmas at age 7.
What was the recording process like for this record and how did it differ from Cavity Castle?
VA: We recorded Nice Try in Trap Door Studios in Cincinnati, the same place we recorded Cavity Castle. Trap Door Studios is inside an old church and we recorded in the “sanctuary”, up in the front where the pulpit used to be. So both records have a really nice, naturally full/lush sound that came from recording there.
KB: I think the biggest difference for Nice Try was that we had a vision for the overall sound and therefore we had a lot more input for the recording process and post-production whereas with Cavity Castle we had never been in a studio environment.
What advice would you give young guys and gals who want to follow their musical dreams?
KB: Don’t worry too much about your skill level. You can make music even if you’ve never picked up an instrument.
VA: Start a band with people you like to be around, because you’ll be around each other a lot. Be considerate, be optimistic, be proud of the music you’re making! Even when you’re not having fun, try to fake it because it’s such a bummer watching a band that doesn’t seem to be enjoying themselves. Be laid back. Be friendly. Go with the flow, things never go according to plan and sometimes that’s a great thing. Discover the wonders of baby powder.