The band Sick of Sarah acquired its name from a former roommate of lead singer, Abisha Uhl, who complained she was sick of her own name, Sarah.
Her roommate's sentiment immediately struck Uhl as a great band name and a stronger and more suitable option than their 2004 Donnie Darko inspired name, Sparkle Motion.
The band's name is emblematic of its honest and bold sound, encompassing rock 'n' roll and punk, combined with catchy pop beats and melodic elements.
The all-girl group will perform as headliner for the Lexington Pride Festival on Saturday at the Courthouse Plaza on North Limestone.
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Sick of Sarah often plays LGBT events, such as the Minnesota Pride Festival and the Michigan Womyn's Festival.
"It's important to us," Uhl says. "We want to show support for the community."
However, the music does not only appeal to LGBT or female fans, Uhl says. The themes in the songs cover a range of experiences and emotions everyone encounters, such as life, love and loss.
The song Overexposure from their 2010 album, 2205, sarcastically comments on the pressure on women in the pursuit of fame to show a lot of skin. It touches on the trials and tribulations that come with being a woman, Uhl says.
Each song uses raw storytelling in the lyrics and melodies to produce work that fans can relate to, Uhl says.
Overexposure follows a desperate struggle to remain true to oneself in the limelight that ends in a loss of control.
"Fans tell us we're putting their feelings into a song," she says.
This gritty, melodic effect is similar to the music of Tegan and Sara, to whom the band is often likened.
Sick of Sarah formed in 2005 as a five-girl group in Minneapolis and produced two albums and two EPs.
The band will self-release its next album, Anthem, on June 30th, but provide early copies during their show at the Lexington Pride Festival, where they will also sell merchandise.
Sick of Sarah's pre-released single Rooftops off the new album adds a dance-worthy pop punk sound to the track list, which the band wrote with unharnessed artistic freedom to make it a work descriptive of their unique attitude.
Uhl plans to bring high energy and fun to the pride festival performance.
Uhl is familiar with Lexington because she acted in the role of Bender in Tucky Williams' web series, Girl/Girl Scene, which is shot in the city.
The dramatic, sexy series centers around Evan, played by Williams, who navigates through issues associated with her LGBT identity.
Uhl acts in short films and series alongside her career in music. Her work in film recently took her to Louisville and New York City.
Sick of Sarah tours twice a year for two months, and also performs in several shows on the side, such as pride festivals.
The band plans to continue to produce music, videos and "work as hard as we can," Uhl says. "We're going to take over the world."