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THE COATHANGERS – ‘LIVE’ Album Review

THE COATHANGERS – LIVE

The CoathangersIn their thirteen years of existence, Atlanta’s tireless garage punks The Coathangers have cranked out five full-lengths and well over a dozen singles, splits, and EPs.

Their quest for capturing the energy of their live set led to The Coathangers: 2 Nights of Magic, a free two-night stand at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, California replete with magicians, tarot card readings, burlesque dancers, palm readers, and a giant papier mache rabbit for photo-ops. And out of those shows came LIVE, the first Coathangers release to document the band in their “natural habitat.” “It’s kinda trippy, this record,” says guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel.

Opening with a shouted and garbled “We’re the Coathangers from Atlanta Georgia” that leads to some serrated guitars and a Wire-like edge, Watch Your Back combines the lead female vocals with some male backing and the whole rhythmic approach demands that you move along! Follow Me switches the lead vocals to male as the bass propels a Joy Division-esque post-punk rocker full of movement with an excellent chorus.

The fourteen-tracks continue with Smother as the band continue to explore the jaunty and angular guitars with a more goth-punk fell to this one whereas the 87 seconds of Arthritis Sucks is a more ‘in-you-face’ speedy punk song with elements of Rubella Ballet in the delivery. On Captain’s Dead The Coathangers deliver a super track with a latent power and strong build up to a dominating chorus and the follow up, Burn Me brings the bass forward again supporting those angular guitars and producing a package that fans of The Fall will relate to.

Make It Right rocks along with melody and hooks with a good supply of punk rock power and energy and the next track, Springfield Cannonball maintains the momentum with the switch to female lead vocals adding to the variety. The pointed guitar chords that introduce Hurricane provide a great backdrop to screamed vocals that mingle with primal screams for the chorus – good stuff indeed.

Crowd favorite Adderall is next with a Pixies like bass line and those angular guitar chords. The melding of urgent male vocals and light female backing melody works well and the song literally bounds along completely drawing you in – super song! Tonya Harding speeds things up, swaps vocal duties and draws on influences like the B-52s whlst Getting’ Mad and Pumpin’ Iron is 100 seconds of raw punk rock that reminded me of DIRT!

The penultimate song, Shut Up takes a manic guitar lick and adds a rockabilly/psychobilly approach to the bands extensive repertoire. Closing with Squeeki Tiki where a squeaking toy features and the bass and drums keep things together as the vocals threaten to veer out of control (in a good way) Great fun, great band and a truly super live album.

The Coathangers have successfully captured the magic of their concerts, and now Suicide Squeeze is offering LIVE to the world on June 1st 2018 via digital formats and a limited pressing of 1500 copies of tri-color vinyl.

 

You can get it for yourself right here: https://thecoathangers.bandcamp.com/album/live

 

 

Live dates in 2018:

18th Oct – Hyde Park Book Club, LEEDS (UK)

19th Oct – Moth Club, LONDON (UK)

20th Oct – Actress & Bishop, BIRMINGHAM (UK)

21st Oct – Sticky Mikes, BRIGHTON (UK)

23rd Oct – La Cave aux Poetes, ROUBAIX (FR)

24th Oct – DB’s, UTRECHT (NL)

25th Oct – Stengade, COPENHAGEN (DK)

26th Oct – Oceanen, GOTHENBURG (SE)

27th Oct – Bar Brooklyn, STOCKHOLM (SE)

28th Oct – Plan B, MALMO (SE)

31st Oct – Urban Spree, BERLIN (DE)

1st Nov – Nochwache, HAMBURG (DE)

2nd Nov – Conne Island, LEIPZIG (DE)

4th Nov – Arena, VIENNA (AT)

5th Nov – Kranhalle, MUNICH (DE)

6th Nov – Club Stereo, NURNBERG (DE)

7th Nov – Alte Hackerei, KARLSRUHE (DE)

9th Nov – Eden, CHARLEROI (BE)

12th Nov – Supersonic, PARIS (FR)

13th Nov – Le Chabada, ANGERS (FR)

15th Nov – Gastropote Market, SAN SEBASTIAN (ES)

16th Nov – Wurlitzer Ballroom, MADRID (ES)

17th Nov – Sabotage, LISBON (PT)

 

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