Hubba Bubba is a return to 1979.
Lyndsay Evans' vocals recall the divas who shaped post-prog, pre-New Wave rock, including Patti Smith, Ann Wilson and Pat Benatar. Likewise, the guitar riff on "Get It Together" growls with the kind of dark agitation that fueled Heart's "Barracuda."
Two of the EP's six songs divert from the classic rock formula. The opener, "La La La," is built around Roscoe Evans' dreamy electric keyboard and a sing-along pop chorus. The closer, "Who Needs Loves Anyway," turns down the riffs and turns up the melodic rock. In between, Adam Edar's guitar riffs reign. His playing sets the earnest tone of "Hot Fire."
All the members of Madison's Pretty Mama Sisters shape elements of the band's sound. Brad Schubert's rumbling bass forges the snide sensuality of "Love Bubble." Dusty Hay's joyous, uncomplicated beats turn "Tell Me You Do" into a breezy love song.
Sexy Ester & the Pretty Mama Sisters may borrow from the past, but they're a talent that's sure to help power the future of Madison music.