|05-Mar-2007 08:21 pm||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
Despite the fact that Lindsay "Coco" Hames (vocals, guitar) claimed The Ettes are from Toronto, there are those that believe they are actually from Los Angeles. There may be something behind that belief since it turns out this was the first time The Ettes have actually performed in Toronto. After having seen a short review on them in Magnet, and listening to the few songs they have posted on MySpace, I decided to get out and see what The Ettes could do on stage.
It turns out that The Ettes' music is a more powerful garage-style punk than what their MySpace tunes would have you believe. A good portion of their sound and stage presence comes from Maria "Poni" Silver (drums), whose energetic performance is a real eye catcher. With wild waving hair, beat induced expressions, and her cut shoulders and arms, it is difficult to tear your eyes away from her. The audience was provided with a clear view of Maria by placing the drums dead-centre and putting Hames and Jeremy "Jem" Cohen spaced wide apart, near the edges of the stage.
Hames' amplifier is vintage equipment, a clear acknowledgment to their influences and probably a major contributor to their cool garage sound. With a few of fans up front dancing wildly, they played a tight set. The second last number was by request from an audience member, a song that the band claimed not to have played in over 18 months. With a few practice strokes and some quick on-stage arrangement, they managed to work most of it out. I'm thinking Magnet got it right when they listed The Ettes as the Band To Watch in their Jan/Feb 07 issue.
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