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Preview: The Coathangers

February 1, 2017


The Coathangers  are coming to Will’s Pub Orlando, Saturday, February 4th.


The Coathangers pack everything you want out of punk band into a silly, yet serious package covered in checkered plaid, metal studs, and vintage floral print. Evidence of this can be found in their use of playful nicknames. Bassist Meredith Franco goes by Minnie, Guitarist Julia Kugel is Crook Kid (be sure to say this one out loud), and drummer Stephanie Luke is also known as Rusty. Together they all share the last name of Coathanger. The trio has a definitively punk rock sense of humor, as well as a sense of awareness when it comes to social issues. The group, obviously, supports a woman’s right to choose and their name references an ill-conceived option of abortion. Carrying on the hallowed tradition of punk rock activism.


The band formed in Atlanta in 2006 as a joke and are currently touring throughout Florida and the South in support of their 5th full length album Nosebleed Weekend.

They have refined their raucous brand of rock over the course of their careers, which is pretty astounding considering that initially, as the story goes, none of the members knew how to play any instruments. Though to be honest, when has the inability to play an instrument ever stopped a punk band before? The genre is so accessible in this sense and these ladies take to the progression of classic punk rock chords and frantic drum beats like a haymaker to a mosh pit.


Their “can-do” attitude coupled with a level of playfulness has led to the longevity of this group. That playfulness extends to employing a squeak toy on “Squeeki Tiki” off of their latest release 2016’s Nosebleed Weekend. The album also yields some unexpectedly complex harmonies on songs like “Watch Your Back,” because all three of these ladies can really sing with Crook Kid’s melodic pop sound blending with Rusty’s more smoky tone. A perfect example of Rusty’s sultry vocals can be heard on their song, “Hurricane”.


The Coathangers have tapped into an innate ability to play grimy rock that spans the full gamut from upbeat bubblegum pop vocals to guttural growls, melodic chords to frantic beats, while continually maintaining that punk feel. They’ve definitely learned a few new chords along the way and this is really reflected on their latest effort, Nosebleed Weekend.


In true punk rock fashion, many of their songs are also deliciously expletive ridden. The titular track “Nosebleed Weekend” works its way into the dark recesses of my heart as the song brushes of backhanded compliments of “not that bad for a chick”. I’m not sure what a “nosebleed weekend” might be, but it sounds like a balled up fist headed straight for the face of the “smug” compliment giver.


Personally, I’m looking forward to raising my own fist and dancing to songs like “Watch Your Back,” “Follow Me,” and the cheeky “Go Away” when the band hits Orlando next month. These songs espouse the kind of upbeat punk vibe that set your feet in motion. Come dance with me at Will’s Pub in Orlando on Saturday, February 4th. Tickets are $12 and available through Ticketfly


Originally published at Shows I Go To


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