Hesta Prynn

Hesta Prynn Biography

Remember the Blondies, the Pat Benatars, the NYC dance-rock girls who walked that line between exquisitely pretty and totally hardcore? That’s what Hesta Prynn’s new music is like, an intersection of glam and street born of the bowels of Manhattan. The way she clashes up girlie vocals with ‘90s guitars and icy beats, you’d never know this is the same lady who spit rhymes about boys and parties in hip-hop group Northern State. But it is. Same character, different movie. And the soundtrack is slick yet rough, a glossed-up kind of raw like you’ve never heard before. With her pal Sara Quin (Tegan and Sara) in the director’s chair, Hesta has an army of talent around her, including Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav and Eric Gardner of Gnarls Barkley. Chuck Brody and Jon Siebels are on the console, and the result is post-hipster punk-noir post-pop for the new decade.

Hesta’s whole life has been leading up to this one musical moment, but the real trajectory started circa 2001, when Ms. Prynn, neé Julie Potash, got together with her friends at a party and came up with an idea. Let’s start a rap group, they said, us three white girls from the suburbs. It’ll be hilar! They did, and Northern State was born. Record labels came knocking, Rick Rubin's name came up, and a big-time record deal led to quality time at strip clubs with DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill. By 2008, after a long, surreal trek through the music world, Northern State’s third album was out on Mike Patton’s Ipecac label and Hesta Prynn had finally learned what was really real.

While on a European tour, our heroine found herself in a McDonald’s in Paris, where a Frenchman asked about her origin. “Oh, New York?” he said. “50 Cent!” Indeed, the New York hip-hop tradition had been good to Hesta, but she had a little something cooking on the side. She had ruled the party, acted the fool, had a laugh. And now, she has an attitude.

Can you handle it?

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