Formed out of a love for all things 80's, and in particularly 80's music, the Ukuleighties (pronounced: You Cool 80's) combine electro ukuleles, key tars, hand percussion & gritty harmonies with rad lead vocals shared amongst band members with excessive hairspray thrown into the mix. They create a fun filled 80's sound that I am positive would go down a storm at any 30th - 50th birthday party (and yes you can book em!). Come see them live at the UCL ALL STARS Festive Fundraiser on 17th December in Liverpool.
Here's a snippet of their version of Cyndi Laupers pop classic - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Ukuleighties style, available on the UCL ALL STARS EP - coming soon! Have a listen then see what the girls who just wanna have fun say below...
F = Faye
H = Helen
G = Gemma
Q. How long have you been playing ukulele and why did you decide ukulele ?
H. I started almost 2 years ago having never done anything musical in my life. I'd talked about learning for several years, but finally got round to it when I saw an advert for UCL
F. I have been playing for almost 2 years. I received the ukulele as a Christmas present and kept getting nagged that I wasn’t playing it, so I looked up lessons and it just so happened that UCL was just starting right round the corner from my house!
G. I started about two years ago. I'd always dabbled with playing various instruments but never had the patience to stick with anything so I made it my New Years resolution to learn ukulele.
Q. What music influences you in general?
H. In general I love loads of different types of music. In terms of the band I obviously love 80s pop, but in terms of life in general I love Tom Waits, REM and Manu Chao though I do like most genres.
F. 80s for our band of course.
G. I've got such a varied taste in music but for ukuleighties obviously it's pure 80s pop for me. Wham and Cyndi Lauper especially.
Q. How would you describe your sound?
H. Fun, hopefully
G. We are what we say on the tin really!
Q. Do you write your own songs or is this something you may consider for the future?
H. Not currently, though we have had a few ideas. I think we all love 80s music so much that we're happy with covers for the time being.
F. I used to when I was 13 on the guitar but we haven’t written any as a group yet as we are enjoying playing our versions of 80s covers at the moment. For the future though who knows!
G. I'd love to have a go at writing some 80s inspired songs. At the moment though, we are just working on being the best cover band we can be!
Q. Please describe your overall experience at UCL
H. Quite simply, one of the best thing I have ever done. It's been so much fun, I've done things I never thought I would do and have made the best group of mates.
F. The past two years at UCL has been amazing. It is something I always look forward to, and has made the past 2 years a lot of fun. Not to mention meeting such a great bunch of people and making some great friends.
G. Like Helen, it's easily one of the best things jve ever done! It has brought so much happiness into my life.
Q. Would you recommend learning the ukulele and if so why?
H. Defo, it's just a fun instrument to play and really accessible.
F. Yes, it is a great little instrument and easy to carry around wherever you go!
G. Of course, it's a lovely little instrument and so easy to pick up.
Q. Where can we find you playing outside of UCL?
H. We've often played at Sound Food & Drink and at various other bars across town. We do open mics sometimes and anywhere else that will let us play. Failing that, come to Mandy's - you get a great cup of tea there!
G. Sat round the kitchen table! In one of the ukuleighties ladies' houses. Or doing a gig somewhere in Liverpool. We are playing the UCL ALL STARS Festive Fundraiser on 17th December.
Q. What does the future hold for the Ukuleighties?
H. Who knows....
G. We just want to keep improving as a band and keep doing more and more gigs.
Q. What message or wise words would you like to send out into the world this Christmas?
H. Be excellent to each other.
F. Happy Christmas.
G. Tis the season to be tacky so tack it up!