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Alternative & Indie - To be released June 14, 2019 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 10, 2019 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 6, 2019 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 16, 2019 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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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 March 1, 2019 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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

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

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 2, 2018 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 26, 2018 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 19, 2018 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Shortly after the release of 2017's Voids, Pacific Northwest indie rockers Minus the Bear announced that they would be shutting down operations, closing the gate on a very respectable 17-year run. Unveiling a proper bookend with the four-song Fair Enough (they emerged in 2001 with an EP, also released via Suicide Squeeze), the band delivers an elegant farewell that befits its understated oeuvre. The title track, originally intended for inclusion on Voids, checks all of the MTB boxes, tossing elliptical guitar lines, progressive-leaning beats, heady lyrics, and wistful melodies into a rock tumbler, and as per usual, the polish sets in gradually, and before you know it you've got a gem. "Viaduct" takes that same formula and adds a heavy dose of caffeine, playing to the band's earlier, more kinetic efforts like Highly Refined Pirates. "Dinosaur" lives up to its prehistoric namesake via a lumbering groove, and finds the sweet spot between the group's noodly sophisti-pop and self-coined "classic rock from the future" predilections. The set closes with a Brad Hale (aka Sombear) remix of Voids' "Invisible," which retains the original's swirling momentum while occupying a more ambient headspace. More of a footnote than a curtain call, Fair Enough delivers the (typically refined) goods, but feels ancillary to its more robust predecessor. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 19, 2018 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 5, 2018 | Suicide Squeeze Records

"DARKNESS RAINS exemplifies a modern tap on fun house, whilst dabbling in punk-rock alternatives, with the militant beats and chaotic lyrics, making for a spiritually-driven listen."
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 28, 2018 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 21, 2018 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 21, 2018 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 14, 2018 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 17, 2018 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 17, 2018 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 18, 2018 | Suicide Squeeze Records

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