Coco: vocals, guitar Poni: drums, vocals Jem: bass, vocals
In early 2004, THE ETTES exploded out of the gates with their beat-punk sound and haven’t stopped since. Ignited by early punk and beat bands, such as the Stooges, the Ramones, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, as well as more melodic ‘50s-‘60s country acts such as Patsy Cline and Nancy Sinatra, THE ETTES have a rock-and-roll sound all their own.
THE ETTES have been compared to Blondie, Thee Headcoatees, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Strokes. Their live energy is contagious, with their shows leaving rooms swirling with energy and the crowd demanding more. On the common request for encores, Jem offers, “If we’re all still standing and the gear can still make noise, we’ll do it!” And after three full U.S. tours in 6 months, the generated buzz is deafening.
Moving west from NYC, Coco, Poni, and Jem met up in Los Angeles. Jem’s garage background — paired with Poni’s powerful punk rock beats — fused with Coco’s 60’s country vocals to create a whole new beat-punk rock-and-roll sound that has been blowing people away from Canada and the States to the UK and Europe, and everywhere in between.
Reviews on THE ETTES’ live shows regularly comment on the high performance level and stage presence of the band, with THE ETTES right at home on stage. Deeming THE ETTES, “As fetching as they are ferocious” MAGNET MAGAZINE got it right when they called THE ETTES the band to watch in 2007. In their recent International Music Issue, NYLON MAGAZINE cheers, “This retro beat-punk band oozes sexual energy” and HARP MAGAZINE voted a victory for THE ETTES in “A cage match between Mick Jagger and Nancy Sinatra”. ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE compares them to the Cramps, and ARTROCKER praises their “loud and danceable garage rock.”
Lauded by fans and critics alike, American radio has latched on to THE ETTES (Seattle’s KEXP, Nic Harcourt’s KCRW, WFMU, INDIE 103.1 and countless college radio stations), not to mention placements on MTV, Oxygen, and NBC’s Friday Night Lights. THE ETTES tour relentlessly, playing with such acts as RADIO BIRDMAN, THE BLACK LIPS, HOLLY GOLIGHTLY, THE NEW YORK DOLLS, and THE MUFFS, to list a very few. THE ETTES even supported ‘80s punk icons THE GO-GO’S. As noted artist and rock critic Falling James (LA WEEKLY) put it simply, “THE ETTES are it.”
THE ETTES record at London’s fabled Toerag Studios with producer Liam Watson (White Stripes, The Kills) releasing their debut album SHAKE THE DUST (SFTRI 2006) and their scorching new album LOOK AT LIFE AGAIN SOON on limited edition vinyl. Look for THE ETTES at this year’s SXSW at showcases for NME, BUST MAGAZINE, SARATHAN RECORDS and more! – February 2008
Playing some shows too:
- October 3rd – Chicago, IL – THE EMPTY BOTTLE
- October 4th – Indianapolis, IN – THE MELODY INN – PUNK ROCK NIGHT!!
- October 21st-24th – New York, NY – CMJ FESTIVAL