The trio changed their name several months after first forming in 2013, when they heard the original moniker was already in use by an Australian band. But they like the name Leggy better anyway.
“I’ve always aspired to a good one-word band name,” said bassist Kerstin Bladh. “I saw a tattoo of two ladies’ legs, and it made me think of how much you could do with the name Leggy.”
A little name change isn’t stopping them from quickly rising through the ranks of the Cincinnati music scene, including a recent residency at the Comet and plans for a summer tour.
Bladh and singer/guitarist Veronique Allaer played in a band called White Linen while still in high school together St. Ursuline Academy.
“I wanted to be in that band,” said drummer Chris Campbell, who was friends with the Leggy ladies at the time.
“He was our biggest fan,” Allaer said. “We had a Xanga page, and he was the only one commenting on it.”
White Linen recorded a few songs and even played a gig at the original Southgate House with Foxy Shazam, but the band broke up when Allaer went away to college in Washington, D.C. However, the friends reunited when Allaer graduated and moved back to town. They started playing together again, and this time they invited Campbell along for the ride.
“We practiced once every two months, then we finally booked a show,” Allaer said. “We had, like, two weeks to learn all the songs and pick a set.”
After a few gigs in fall 2013, the band didn’t waste any time getting to the studio to record Cavity Castle at Trap Door Studios with producers Jerri Queen and John Hoffman.
“We knew recording would make (the band) more legitimate in our minds and other people’s minds,” Bladh said. “We could share it with people who hadn’t seen us live – it’s so much easier to get shows when you have a recording. I also just wanted to know what we sounded like.”
“I wanted to see what Jerri and John could do (during recording),” Campbell said. The resulting sound – a sort of ethereal, garage-y girl group vibe – pushed them in a more focused direction.
“With our new songs, we knew what we want to sound like structurally,” Bladh said.
The Rock and Roll Carnival will be one of their biggest gigs yet, but Leggy has other summer plans as well, including a Midwest and East Coast tour and recording a few new songs. They’re also playing at Northside Tavern on Friday, July 25.
In the fall, Bladh heads to Columbus for graduate school, but she plans to spend a lot of time in Cincinnati and continue recording and playing with the band.
But eventually, Allaer said, “we’d like to go on a world tour. Play the season finale of ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Open for Lana Del Ray. (Or) Lana Del Ray opening for us on tour.”
By Steph Barnard & Luke Geddes