An interview with Abisha Uhl

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the all-girl Minneapolis based band, Sick of Sarah. SOS has provided music for both of my Logo shows (Brunch With Bridget, That Time of the Month), they’ve had their own tour diary right here on AfterEllen.com, and after seeing them perform live, I completely fell in love with these high energy rock goddesses.

Sick of Sarah is composed of five women: lead singer and guitarist Abisha Uhl, bass player Jamie Holm, guitarist Jessie Farmer, guitarist Katie Murphy and drummer Jessica Forsythe. The band is prepping for the release of their second album, 2205, which you can pre-order now or purchase in stores on Nov. 16.

I chatted it up with SOS frontwoman Abisha Uhl about the new album, her sexual identity and what it means to “make it” in music.

AfterEllen.com: What is different about your new album 2205, from your last album?
Abish Uhl: The difference between the first album and the new one is that we’ve matured musically. This album is much darker than the first one. Plus, the recording process was so much different. We had time to write in the studio and experiment with sounds. While people might think that 2205 is a lot mellower, we got to express ourselves in a deeper way on this one.

Lyrically I got really inspired by the Studio, Sonic Ranch, where we were recording in El Paso. It’s a huge studio complex in the middle of a pecan farm right on the Mexican border outside of El, Paso, TX. We tracked in the same studio that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs recorded their last album, It’s Blitz. As we all love that album, and had it on rotation in the van constantly during our tours, there was a fire and urgency that possessed all of us during the creative process.

Only half of the songs were completely written when we got down there. We only had rough sketches of most of the songs, so there was a lot of work to do. We’re really proud of what we came up with and are all really excited to share it with everyone.

AE: What does 2205 stand for and who came up with the title?
AU: Jessie [Farmer] came up with 2205. 2205 is the house number at the house where we’ve been rehearsing for the last 5 years. It’s the main creative hub and party spot for the band. We’re all having 2205 tattooed on our wrist. Since the songs on the album were conceived in this location, it seemed appropriate and really marks this era of our lives.  

AE: What is your ultimate goal as a musician?  What would it take for you to say, "We’ve made it!"?
AU: Jamie [Holm] says being on Saturday Night Live would mean that we’ve made it. But I’ll know we’ve made it when we’re financially secure, and when we have the ability to tour year round. We’d like to be able to tour all around the country, and the rest of the world, and know that there will be a rabid crowd waiting on the other side of the stage. We’ve had some real fun in the US over the last year, but with this record, we’d really like the chance to show the rest of the world what we’ve got.  A lot of fans in the UK have been sending us messages, and we’d like the opportunity to play in front of them soon. That would definitely give me a solid feeling of success.

AE: Have you ever had a moment where you wanted to throw in the towel, quit the band and get a "regular" job?  
AU: No, absolutely not. Never. That’s not an option for me. This is something that I’m very passionate about and giving up is not an option. This is the only thing that I feel that I could be really successful in. As impossible as it might seem to others, it seems completely possible to me. I enjoy nothing more than writing songs and performing them for appreciative audiences. Nothing else could ever make me feel as emotionally fulfilled.  

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