Leftover Cuties' Retro Ukelele Sound Makes You Smile
How has having your songs featured in TV shows and commercials helped build your fanbase versus internet or word of mouth?
It helped tremendously. We have a theme song on a Showtime series called The Big C, which has been airing all over the world. I definitely think that it would have been a lot harder to reach fans all around the world without that show. Thanks to that show, we have fans in places that we've never even been. It's incredible to get email from fans and even just looking at our sales report and seeing which countries are buying our CDs and our music. It's very varied; it's really all over the place.
What were some of the most surprising places you reached?
Recently I got an email from somebody in Venezuela, and then there was Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, and there's a lot of Australia, Spain, and Austria. It's been really all over the place, it's pretty incredible, and now a lot of people from Korea.
It sounds like it may be time for a South American tour.
Where we're at right now, it seems like we have fans everywhere, but not enough in everywhere [laughs]. If we could get all of our fans into one place, it would be a lot of people, but they're pretty spread out.
Have you guys ever played a show in your home country?
No, I would love to do that. Just my family alone would be a really good crowd. I have a really, really big family. My mom has 11 brothers and sisters, so it would be like 200 people, just my family. It's just a matter of finding the right time to do it and for it to make sense financially.
You have an album coming out in a few months, what can we expect from it?
[We have a] release in a couple of weeks with six Christmas songs. For the next release, we started recording it, it's probably going to come out in April 2013. What can you expect? More original songs that hopefully will move and make people smile and do all of the things that are the reason that we do what we do. There's some more bluesy stuff in there and even stuff that's influenced by gospel music on the new album, but it's pretty much Leftover Cuties.
Are you guys going to play any Christmas songs when you come to Phoenix?
I don't think so, but I might ask people if they want to hear Christmas songs, and if they do, we'll definitely bust one out.
It sounds like you've got plenty of material to choose from.
We have a problem, we never know which songs to pick for our 45-minute sets because we have such a huge repertoire right now.
Leftover Cuties are scheduled to perform their first Arizona show on Sunday, December 2 at Yucca Tap Room.