Though Isthmus called Sexy Ester "a straight ahead classic rock outfit," the band easily transcends that description on all fronts. Given their berth of influences and styles, there is nothing straight-ahead about Sexy Ester except the band's energy and drive. Sexy Ester, a five-piece comprised of musicians from Wisconsin and Northwestern Illinois, has been seducing fans and radio alike since they first formed in 2009.
Despite their relative newness, the members of Sexy Ester have proven that they're no strangers to the formulae for infectious music. They have self released their first CD, Get Your Love On, and have since released two CD's, Hubba Bubba and Sequins, Sin, & Appetite on Slothtrop.
And Sexy Ester has been racking up awards as quickly as they've been releasing music. Lead singer Lyndsay Evans won a 2011 Madison Area Music Award (MAMA) for Female Vocalist of the Year, and the band also picked up MAMA's that year for Alternative Song of the Year ("Love Bubble"), Alternative Performer of the year and Alternative Album of the year (Hubba Bubba). In 2012, still more MAMA's were garnered, including Video of the Year, Unique Instrument (Keytar ), Percussionist of the year (Paul Kennedy), Interpretive Song of the year ("Girl U Want"), Pop Song of the year (All I Can See), Alternative Song of the year ("Glitter Baby") and Artist of the Year. Addiitonally, Evans picked up another MAMA for Vocalist of the Year. The band also won a Madison RAW Award for 2012 Artist of the Year.
Now Sexy Ester has just released a seven-track CD, Monomania, on Slothtrop. Monomania was recorded at Madison's own Dacha Studios with T. J. Pauley manning the boards. The CD kicks off with lead single "Holding On," a devotional to the tenacity of love. "Rock Candy!" glitters with girl-group nostalgia over retro riffs. "Sugar rush, I wanna feel your touch," Evans intones. Meanwhile, "Silver Shoes" is pop-punk perfection with Evans proving she can scream as melodically as Corin Tucker any day. Full of dynamic organs and powerhouse vocals, "Spotlight" proffers up a catchy-as-hell chorus that begs car stereos to crank it.