DJ Pick of the Week: Coco Hames, 'I Don't Wanna Go'


Coco Hames
Coco Hames fronted the '00s underground band The Ettes. On March 31, 2017, Hames released her self-titled debut album. (Rachel Briggs)

This tune is a perfect complement to summer. As the frontwoman for the garage-pop combo The Ettes, Coco Hames blazed a memorable trail across the '00s underground. Last summer, she began work on her solo album at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville. "It was this massive leap of faith for me," she admits. "After being in a band for so long, this time I was on my own — no gang to hide behind or fall back on."

Hames co-produced the record with Andrija Tokic, who'd helped create career-making albums for Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and others.

Playing guitar, piano, and electric harpsichord, Hames was assisted by bassist Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs), drummer Julian Dorio (The Whigs) and lead guitarist Adam Meisterhans (The Weight). Other contributors include veteran keyboard/organ wizard Dave Amels of Reigning Sound and vocalists Carey Kotsionis (Bobby Bare, Jr.) and Lillie Mae Rische (Jack White).

"I grew up listening to '60s pop like Dusty Springfield, but also classic country music, like Patsy Cline, and things that bridged both worlds, like Bobbie Gentry," Hames says. "With this record, the end result doesn't fit into any one category. Which is an exciting thing to me."

Hames's self-released album released on March 31, 2017, on Merge Records. Her single, "I Don't Wanna Go," is a great tune for driving around in a convertible with the top down … and that's exactly what we see in the video for the song.


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    Coco Hames's self-titled album released on March 31, 2017. (Merge Records)

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