Ettes Return & Get “Wicked”


Also singlehandedly resurrect the
mighty Sympathy for the Record Industry label. Say, wasn’t that a couple of
Ettes we spotted in the audience the other night at the Jon Spencer Blues
Explosion show in Asheville…?


By Blurt


BLURT faves The Ettes – whose frontwoman Coco Hames
just happens to be one of our bloggers – return in August with Wicked Will, the band’s fourth long player and their first
through their own imprint, Fond Object,
a joint venture with Krian Music Group/ Fontana. The album will also available
as a vinyl release through long dormant indie Sympathy For the Record Industry,
who put out the band’s 2005 debut Shake
the Dust
. It reunites them with producer Liam Watson (Bobby Long, The Kills, White Stripes), who recorded
that debut at his London
analog sound lab Toe Rag Studio.


Check out the new track “Pendulum”:


01 pendulum by angiepresshere


You can find plenty of ink on the band elsewhere on
this site, so start clicking the mouse in the Blurt search box. The band will
be touring this fall, so stay tuned for dates. Meanwhile, here’s the lowdown on
the new album, straight from the Ettes camp:


Written on the road and in the
band’s adopted hometown of Nashville, Wicked Will  encompasses everything
you’ve come to expect from the Ettes and more – up-front, fearless vocals, fuzz
bass runs, primal, driving drums beats,  searing guitar lines and of
course, tons of black eyeliner and attitude.  Female  attitude.  Lead singer/lyricist Coco Hames channels the best and sassiest
of ’60s Girl Group vixens – the leatherette clad bad girl rockers who teased
their hair and the boyz – but she and Ettes’ co-founder Poni would definitely kick your ass themselves before waiting for
their boyfriend to get back. And you better believe they’d be riding alongside
the Leader of the Pack rather than in his sidecar. Or, better yet, they’d be
leading their own hot Russ Meyer-esque outlaw girl bike gang/rock band.


With 13 original tracks and a
sizzling, sympatico cover of Lee Hazelwood’s “My Baby Cried (All Night
Long),” this kaleidoscopic, album finds the Ettes delivering their
most confident, varied disc to date. While the intensity and guitar/bass/drum
attack are constants, there are both beautiful and defiant moments, along with
a newfound sense of vulnerability and knowingness in Coco’s
lyrics.   Says Hames, “In general, I find this to be an album largely
about women, my relationships with women and my perceptions of women; my
meanest songs are about myself.”


The gorgeously melancholic vocal
line of “The Worst There Is,” with its spare arrangement and Coco’s wistful lyric, “When you’re the worst there
is, There’s nothing to fear,” touches a nerve and has the feel of a
lost ’60s Marianne Faithful track.  Coco
gets personal about what to expect in a relationship in the aggressive rocker
[“You’re not going to break”]
“My Heart,” singing, “You’re not faithful but you’re true,” while
asking herself if that’s enough. “Pendulum” has a fuzz chorus to die for, with
the tambourine loud and up front and the reverb cranked – it’s like discovering
an amazing lost garage-rock nugget.



Leave a Reply