There is a new force in the city and her name is Lyndsay Evans. After hearing the debut album by Sexy Ester and the Pretty Mama Sisters, I wasn’t sure what to expect from them in live performance. Could Lyndsay really wail like she indicated on Get Your Love On? How different would the band sound with two added members and keyboards? Well if I expected folk-infected pop with a bit of soulful vocals, what I saw was more Plasmatics; an eighties-era persona updated for the twenty-first century. Shy and unassumming in conversation, Evans transforms into a spiky, costumed rock starlet in the making.
I needn’t have worried that Evans could deliver on the vocal requirements. This is the most solid, powerhouse voice I have heard come out of this city. Stage presence, charisma, talent, this singer has what it takes. When the intensity got cranked up, Evans doubled over in contorted joy and belted like nobody’s business.
Her supporting band knows it, this is obvious. Drummer Dusty Hay and guitarist Adam Eder performed well, at times looking like they were holding the reins for dear life; looking optimistically into a bright future, which they should. That said, the band has a few challenges in front of them. Along with bassist Brad Schubert and keyboardist Roscoe Evans (Lindsay’s brother), they have a fairly cohesive
look onstage but right now the crowd interaction is lacking. If they think Evans can carry this thing on her own, they’re wrong. It’s not that they probably think that – they are a work in progress, already totally morphing in identity since the release of their first album in late 2008. But every Jagger needs his (or her) Richards. The material will need to be a little more daring as well. I liked a lot of their songs but at times they did sound like a new band, embarking on a journey to craft their songs, their style and their identity, which is exactly what they are and what they’re doing.
Young, hungry, ambitious – I have little doubt that given the right set of circumstances, and the requisite amount of luck, Sexy Ester and the Pretty Mama sisters will attain their dreams.