The mighty Greg
Cartwright of the Reigning Sound produced. What’s not to like!
By Blurt Staff
BLURT heroes The Ettes are back on September 29 with Do You Want Power, the third LP from the
revved up and relentless beat-punk trio of Coco Hames (vocals, guitar), Jem Cohen (bass) and Poni
Silver (drums, fashion). Sharp-eyed BLURT readers will also
recognize the Hames name from our roster of ever-entertaining bloggers, and you
can go HERE to check out her latest entry (hint: you don’t have to be a fan of
the band Nelson to dig where she’s comin’ from).
Fresh off their tour with the Kings of Leon, and the release of their raw, Dan Auerbach-produced EP, Danger Is, The Ettes invited
Asheville-based garage legend Greg
Cartwright (of Reigning Sound/Oblivians fame, he’s also worked with Jay Reatard
and Mary Weiss) to produce Do You Want
Power. Recorded in the band’s new hometown of Nashville, the album was completed in a
marathon five-day session and finds the band putting songcraft at the forefront
without sacrificing their exquisitely satisfying sonic assault.
Insistent and irresistible, Do You Want Power sees the Ettes charging into new territory with a
revitalized, wall-of-sound collection of 13 original tracks, including a
co-write with Cartwright, that range from the ‘60s Girl Pop of “I Can Be Your
Lover (But I Can’t Be Your Baby)” to the explosive “No Home.” Coco even makes a musical nod to their
adopted city of Nashvegas
with a couple of country-tinged numbers. The Ettes’ new tracks perfectly
capture the band’s diverse musical loves — early punk anthems, ‘60s pop and country
(think Patsy Cline and Nancy Sinatra embracing ‘70s NYC punk).
The band will be touring heavily in late summer and into the
fall, so check their MySpace page for updates: www.myspace.com/theettes . Their music
will also be featured in an upcoming episode of HBO’s Entourage as well as Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut,
the indie rock roller derby flick, Whip
it!, out October 2009.
Ettes at BLURT: