THE ETTES have finished Wicked Will, the first local release from the rowdy and relentless Nashville garage rock on their own imprint Fond Object, a joint venture with Krian Music Group.
It reunites the band with analogue guru/producer Liam Watson (THE KILLS, WHITE STRIPES, FABIENNE DELSOL), who recorded their 2006 debut Shake the Dust at his legendary Toe Rag Studios.
It’s been a whirlwind two years since THE ETTES released 2008’s Do You Want Power, which landed the band on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, found them touring with Nashville cohorts THE GREENHORNES and THE DEAD WEATHER and making their first appearances at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.
Nashville has been the home of THE ETTES for nearly three years now, after forming in L.A. Inspired by the girl gang at the centre of the 1975 film, The Switchblade Sisters, they created a sound that mirrored the films’ stars: sexy and tough as nails.
“Sometimes wanderlust can be a blessing,” says vocalist Coco. “If we didn’t constantly get the itch to keep moving, we wouldn’t get as much done.” And what they’ve done is quite impressive.
In 2005, the band headed to London’s Toe Rag studios, and recorded with Liam Watson, releasing 2006’s Shake the Dust. After extensive US and European touring, the band returned to Toe Rag for their sophomore LP Look At Life Again Soon and, following that release, toured with the THE BLACK KEYS, DETROIT COBRAS, and KINGS OF LEON.
In 2009, after releasing a 7″ and EP featuring tracks recorded with THE BLACK KEYS frontman DAN AUERBACH, THE ETTES invited garage legend Greg Cartwright to produce Do You Want Power in their new hometown of Nashville. Following the release the band embarked on a busy two years of festival and tour dates, including stints with JULIETTE LEWIS, THE DEAD WEATHER and THE GREENHORNES. The band has also landed high profile key synch placements in TV shows such as NCIS Los Angeles, Sons Of Tucson and Entourage, as well as the Drew Barrymore film Whip it.
In 2010, THE ETTES returned to their original rock trio formation, after touring as a four piece. The group is lean, mean and formidable, with Jem often playing lead on bass and Coco taking it to a new level on guitar.
The 14 tracks that would become Wicked Will is a timeless, classic rock and roll album that respects the past while remaining current and vital. And like all good rock and roll, these songs come from the gut and tickle your nether regions. THE ETTES wouldn’t have it any other way.