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Alternative & Indie - Released March 8, 2019 | Suicide Squeeze Records

With its simple but insistent guitar pattern and sweet, breathy vocals, "Bimbo" -- the opening track on the Coathangers' sixth studio album, 2019's The Devil You Know -- sounds as if the hard-edged all-female garage-punk trio have taken a sharp detour into indie pop. That is, until someone hits the distortion pedal at the 45-second mark and things get a whole lot tougher while the vocalists start to howl. However, as the band got neater and tighter on 2014's Suck My Shirt and 2016's Nosebleed Weekend, they've continued to clean up their act on The Devil You Know, and they've matured into a power trio that generates a lean, muscular groove with some sharp guitar work adding texture and the melodies more tuneful than before. If the Coathangers have swapped out some of their punky scrap for instrumental competence, though, they seem to know it, and on The Devil You Know they're clearly open to finding other ways of maintaining an edge. The righteous rage of "F the NRA" helps make it one of the album's most effective tracks; the echoey unease of "Stranger Danger" cuts deep; the dubwise space and clouds of noise in "Step Back" show this band has been learning a few things about production; and "Memories," "Last Call," and "Hey Buddy" demonstrate that experience hasn't changed their ability to put together a strong and straightforward rock & roll tune and make it run. In a genre where too many bands either repeat themselves into pointlessness or lose the plot when they figure out what they're doing, the Coathangers have cracked the code -- they've grown without "maturing" into blandness, and they've changed without forgetting how to kick hard. One might not have expected the Coathangers to still be making interesting music 12 years after their debut album hit the streets in 2007, but The Devil You Know reveals growing up doesn't have to be a bad thing after all. ~ Mark Deming
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 1, 2018 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 15, 2016 | Suicide Squeeze Records

On their fifth album, 2016's Nosebleed Weekend, the Coathangers have shaken off the reckless amateurism that marked their early recordings. If they don't sound "chops intensive," by now, there's no question that these women can play their instruments with agility and enthusiasm. And there's less punky abandon and more solid, straightforward rock & roll on Nosebleed Weekend, though "Squeeki Tiki" and "Watch Your Back" prove they're still in touch with their inner troublemakers. On this album, the Coathangers continue the deliberate move away from their snarky origins that began with 2014's Suck My Shirt. If their rock & roll is still on the minimal side, it's delivered with capable skill and a sense of drama. And "Perfume," "Excuse Me," "Copycat," and "Down Down" all sound moody enough to suggest the band is not afraid to take their music seriously, and maybe not even themselves, either. Drummer Stephanie Luke has added a bit of swing to her rolling and pounding style; Meredith Franco's bass work has developed a strongly melodic throb that's more than welcome, and Julia Kugel's guitar ambles back and forth from crunchy buzz to Morse-code single-note patterns that give the songs a welcome texture. Some fans may bemoan the lack of raucous humor on Nosebleed Weekend, but if this represents a more mature version of the Coathangers, the songs still display flashes of wit and this material rocks. And Nic Jodoin's production is simple but captures the performances with clarity and punch. If calling Nosebleed Weekend the Coathangers' most professional work to date sounds like damning with faint praise, it admirably confirms this band isn't messing around. ~ Mark Deming
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 18, 2014 | Suicide Squeeze Records

By their own admission, the Coathangers got their start when they literally couldn't play their instruments, so for bands like them, who start out sounding inept but great, the challenge that comes with time is, how do you get better without losing what made you memorable? The Coathangers' fourth full-length album, 2014's Suck My Shirt, still sounds as gloriously primitive as ever, but it's clear that seven years into their career, their approach to songcraft has matured and tightened up quite a bit, and the departure of keyboard player Candice Jones has turned this group into a leaner and meaner three piece. With a title like Suck My Shirt, it's clear that no one in the band is asking us to start taking them seriously, but there sure is less goofiness here and a keener sense of purpose. Gal-centric pop both vintage and current was one of the biggest influences on their early recordings, but much of this album recalls the tough but wiry sound of '80s funk punks like Gang of Four and the Au Pairs, especially on "Dead Battery" and "Shut Up," where bassist Meredith Franco and drummer Stephanie Luke lay down taut, elemental grooves and guitarist Julia Kugel slashes expressively over the top. Even when they get silly on "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em" or dive into straight-ahead punk on "Smother," this is a stronger and more sophisticated band than before, though thankfully, they have held onto their sense of humor and their willingness to keep things simple and hit their instruments hard. Judging from Suck My Shirt, we're not going to get another "Nestle in my Boobies" or "Tonya Harding" from the Coathangers anytime soon, but they're as committed as ever to rocking and having a good time, and that's something that thankfully seems to be getting even stronger the more they figure out what they're doing. ~ Mark Deming
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 5, 2017 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 11, 2019 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 8, 2019 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 2, 2014 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 2, 2012 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 6, 2018 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 1, 2019 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 15, 2013 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 19, 2013 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 17, 2012 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 7, 2011 | Suicide Squeeze Records

"The new album by Atlanta-based punk quartet the Coathangers vibrates with charismatic energy and attitude-driven lyrics."
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Alternative & Indie - Released July 20, 2010 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 7, 2009 | Suicide Squeeze Records

Although Atlanta's Coathangers are still in their relative infancy, the all-grrl punk quartet has shown remarkable growth from their 2007 gritty self-titled debut album. However, their sophomore release, SCRAMBLE, retains the group's penchant for rough, lo-fi recording; their frantic punk roots are still evident on tracks like "Bury Me" and "Killdozer." SCRAMBLE is an ideal offering for those feeling nostalgic for the grit and raw energy of early '90s riot grrl groups.
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 18, 2008 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 7, 2010 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 28, 2016 | Suicide Squeeze Records