The ETTES are a 3-piece rock outfit from Nashville, Tennessee and they will be performing on Friday at 12:30 pm on the Budweiser stage at this year’s Lollapalooza. They deliver garage rock soaked in a 60’s beat-punk sound with heavy, distorted guitars and pounding drums.
Lead singer Lindsay “Coco” Hames has a soulful 60s country voice not unlike Patsy Cline. Bassist Jem lays down the smooth bass lines. Poni on drums is kinetic and hits her drums mercilessly — it makes sense that her inspiration is Animal from the Muppets as she confessed in a recent video interview. The pounding drums, fuzzed out guitars, and loud and in your face style permeate their music.
There is a mix of harmonica and tambourines, crashing cymbals, piano melodies and then you have Coco’s sassy voice floating over the psychedelic cacophony. The band can also shift gears to slower folk ballads like “Love Lies Bleeding” where Coco’s twang comes to the forefront.
They sway between the energy of “I Can’t Be True” where Coco croons honest and defiant lyrics, the down-tempo and sweetly sung “Keep Me In Flowers” with delicate piano and violin melodies, and raucous and rough with punchy keys and driving drums on “No Home”.