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Interview:
The Ettes get back to their garage roots on latest album
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Lindsay “Coco” Hames of the Ettes considers herself “a relatively reactionary” songwriter — and evidence of that is all over the garage rock trio’s just-released fourth album, “Wicked Will.”



“I’m really kind of a sensitive, perceptive person in some ways — and really dull in others,” Hames, who co-founded the band in Los Angeles and is now based in Nashville, says with a laugh. “There’s a lot of frustrations I have in this world — general capitalist marketing, the way girls treat each other, the way people behave, things like that. A lot has to do with me in relationships, and sometimes it’s observational, what I see going on.



“Things are pretty crazy in the world right now; it’s not hard to notice that. I can’t help but react to those things. I’m not that great at talking about things; I’m better expressing myself through songwriting and stuff like that, so that’s where it comes out.”



To make 13-track “Wicked Will,” Hames and her bandmates — Maria “Poni” Silver and Jeremy “Jem” Cohen — went to England to work at Toe Rag Studios with producer Liam Watson, who also recorded the Ettes’ 2006 debut album, “Shake the Dust.” After trying out a couple of other situations, Hames says the Ettes have concluded Watson is the group’s most effective collaborator.



“He really gets it,” explains Hames, 29, who’s also working on a country-flavored solo album. “We’ve tried and failed a number of times with other people, other producers, stuff like that. In the end we just kind of close ranks and go with what we think is best.



“He’s been with the band for a really long time. We’re usually on the same page, experiment-wise — ‘What are we gonna do now? What are we gonna try?’ He always has ideas, and when we do a record with him we record the band live and get really tight and then start messing with sounds and stuff like that. It’s a very collaborative process with him.”



The Ettes perform Thursday, Aug. 11, at the F***ing Awesome Fest at the Majestic Complex, 4120-4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. The festival runs Wednesday, Aug. 10, through Saturday, Aug. 13 and features more than 90 acts performing in the Majestic Theatre, the Magic Stick and Magic Stick Lounge, and the Garden Bowl Tickets are $15 per day or $30 for a four-day pass. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.



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