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Rock / Garage House / Punk NY / LA USA


 As fetching as they are ferocious, L.A.’s Ettes can’t help it: power garage is part of their DNA. Think Sonics/Yardbirds, New York Dolls/Runaways – or a distaff Reigning Sound. Formed in ’04 by singer/guitarist Lindsay “Coco” Hames, the trio offered up a remarkable personal article of faith by self-financing a trip to England’s Toe Rag Studios to record with White Stripes/Billy Childish cohort Liam Watson before they even had a record deal. The sonic and emotional yield, dare we say it, is primal, from the locomotive pileup of “It Ain’t You” and the swaggering Nancy Sinatra-on-fuzz of “Alley Cat” to the towering Phil Spector wall o’ sound that’s “Beggars” and an actual Reigning Sound cover, the churning “We Repel Each Other.” In song after song Hames peels away layers of feminine vulnerability; abetted by drummer Maria “Poni” Silver and bassist Jeremy “Jem” Cohen, though, she’s utterly liberated. With Shake The Dust, the Ettes announce a titular manifesto as gleefully unsubtle, and memorable, as a Kick Out The Jams or a Shake Some Action. And while the band’s busy shaking the dust – lord, do they ever, live -- you’ll be shaking your ass. [Sympathy, www.sympathyrecords.com] -- Fred Mills

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