Friday was a difficult night for Hana Pestle, who was in a car wreck that nearly took her life hours before her performance at the Babcock Theater. Pestle was visibly distracted onstage, and told her audience, “We’re lucky to be alive.”
Pestle’s car, driven by her record producer and boyfriend Ben Moody, hit ice on the highway between Butte and Billings as the couple returned from a performance in Missoula the previous night. Moody lost control of the car, which slid into a semitrailer, bounced back into their lane and spun into a roadside ditch. The vehicle was totaled, but Moody and Pestle were remarkably unhurt.
Pestle, who was unable to rent a car because of her age, and Moody, who forgot his wallet and therefore was also unable to rent a car, were able to get a 26-foot Uhaul to drive the remaining two hours to Billings for the concert.
Hana Pestle can make finding a dead girl in a lake sound delightful.
Her original songs—themed around dark, imaginative worlds where lake swimmers entangle their fingers in the hair of the deceased or guests at the “Red Death Ball” perish—are disturbing on paper, but enchanting in song.
Even Pestle’s renditions of other’s music, including Frou Frou’s “Let Go,” Radiohead’s “Creep” and “Zombie” by the Cranberries, take on their own life, her vocal passion bringing conviction to each song.
During a sold-out performance at Billings Venture Theatre, Pestle expressed her gratitude for the hometown support. The quiet theater suited Pestle’s style: rich acoustic guitar and dramatic vocals honed in coffee houses and on the road.
During the hour and a half performance, she played several songs from her upcoming album, including “Need,” which is in the running to be included on the soundtrack for the next Twilight movie, and called her younger sister, Skyler, to the stage for a handful of duets. Continue reading Hana Pestle sells out Venture