And Now You Know

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So we’ve been listening to the buzz, and it appears everybody wants to know more about the band behind the soundtrack of our Forever 21 Close Up videos. Well, we couldn’t leave you hanging, so we called up Shirli, the lead singer of the Leftover Cuties, to set the record straight for you guys and talk a little shop about her signature style – then and now!

How has your personal style evolved through the years?

When I was younger I was always in jeans and some pretty bulky shoes. These days, though I still like my skinny jeans, I also love wearing a pretty vintage dress or a high wasted skirt with a cute top tucked in.

Do you have an “I can’t believe I wore that!” moment from the 90s?

So many!  90s fashion was pretty bad. Unflattering jeans, strange tops and very questionable hair do’s. I wore a lot of low-waisted bell bottom corduroys and tight button up shirts with Dr. Martens. That was my grunge phase.

Where did the name “Leftover Cuties” come from?

It came from something a friend said back when I was working as a bartender. Around that time, a few of our favorite coworkers had left our work place, so my friend Josh came up to me and my friend Maria and said: “You guys are the leftover cuties!”

How would you describe the band’s sound?

If I had to describe our music, I would call it pop noir. It’s influenced by classic music of the 20s and 30s but it’s also modern and original in its own right.

What’s up next for Leftover Cuties?

A lot more then I know, I hope! We’re going to release a music video for “Movin’ On” off our debut album in the next couple of months, followed by a West Coast spring tour.  We’re also going to record our second album later this year. We’re very excited to cook up some more tunes for our fans.

What’s it like being the only girl in the band?

It’s fun! The perks are that the guys do all of the driving and I always get my own hotel room!

If you could have a jam session with three artists, who would they be and why?

Bob Dylan, because he is my all-time favorite.

Tom Waits, because he is so original and it would be a dream to sing with him.

Norah Jones, because I love her style and would love to meet her. I think we could be friends.

Last question! What’s the one tune you tear through karaoke songbooks for?

“Poker Face” by Lady Gaga, cause I like to do it Cuties style.