Soon Eliot Sumner (known to her friends and family as Coco) will not be modified as “daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler.” She’s a gifted and unique songwriter and performer, a sincerely seething rocker in the manner of Chrissie Hynde, with a gravelly voice that recalls Kim Carnes, Marianne Faithfull and Rod Stewart.
Sumner rocked the Lower East Side Pianos bar on Wednesday night with the kind of set every beginning rock would give their studded bracelets for. Yes, mom and dad stood through the show, but so did a lot of young people who didn’t see them and didn’t know what was going on. What was going on? We were seeing the launch of a rock star.
Now Eliot is putting out her first album, come January, on Cherry Tree/Interscope. She already has an EP out with a bunch of tracks that are spot on catchy. Like her dad, Eliot plays a mean bass, and you can hear it throughout her numbers. Her band is tight, too; your feet start moving to the music the minute they take off.
She still has a few dates- posted below. Meantime, I love the song “After Dark.” Four songs are on iTunes. You can pre-order the album, called “Information,” now.