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  • Live Review: Hesta Prynn — Cinespace, Hollywood

    Wed, 14 Apr 2010 08:37:20

    Live Review: Hesta Prynn — Cinespace, Hollywood - Hesta Prynn rocks a packed show at Cinespace like no other…and ARTISTdirect.com editor and <i>Dolor</i> author Rick Florino chronicles every moment…

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    Pop needs a new queen. That's a fact. No one at the top is really pushing the envelope with the actual music. Sure, there's a fair share of outlandish statements and over-the-top outfits, but who's actually breaking the formula musically, not just aesthetically? No one…

    Hesta Prynn, however, proved herself worthy of that crown at a packed show at Cinespace in Hollywood last night. Hesta's got all the trappings of a pop star with none of the frills and façade. In fact, she's a genuine artist, in the truest, most uncompromising sense of the word—but she's also got an undeniable knack for a hook.

    She kicked off her frenetically fun set with "You're Winding Up," and the song instantly slingshot the audience into Hesta's world. Propelled by punky guitars and snappy beats, Hesta seamlessly switched from an entrancing chorus to a buoyant verse. Surf guitar wound up "Woah Woah" for Hesta to carry a catchy refrain as she spritely jumped in perfect sync with the band. Surrounded by those surf sounds, the frontwoman came to life in the way that a classic Quentin Tarantino vixen would—mixing the right dose of wit and wisdom. She had complete control over the room because she's got such a sharp sense of humor, in addition to a one-of-a-kind panache. At one point, she jested to the crowd, "Why don't you guys have a dance-off and whoever dances best I'll bring back to New York with me?"

    No one could dance like Hesta though, especially on the set's standout "Seven Sisters." With an eerie and tense choral buildup, the song felt like Santigold backed by Depeche Mode, however, Hesta gave it her own spin, ripping through a rhyme mid-chorus with some serious grit and gusto. Then she wemt back to the hypnotic harmony flawlessly from her freestyle without breaking or bending the song's psychedelic charm. The girl never stops moving, always maintaining contact with the crowd. Think M.I.A.'s spunk, Uffie's style and Blondie's savoir fare and you're only halfway there…Hesta Prynn has something quite transcendent.

    Cutting through the futuristic pop of "Can We Go Wrong" and set closer "Easy Bear," Hesta remained just as energetic as she did from the first moment of the show. Her croon became sonically sexy on "Can We Go Wrong," before exploding with pure punk energy to close out the gig triumphantly.

    Everyone danced along for the whole 30-minutes plus, and it was clear that Hesta's not going to have to kill Bill to become the new queen. She's well on her way with some sharp songs and a hell of a show…hail Hesta…

    —Rick Florino

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