Friday, 8 April 2011
Band: The Coathangers
I keep meaning to write up about The Coathangers' show last Friday (they played XOYO in London, supporting The Thermals), so here it is, seven days late(r)!
Declaring themselves "a band before they were musicians", The Coathangers are four super fun girls from Atlanta, Georgia, who know how to down whiskeys and cut some rug on the dancefloor. Playing an attention-grabbing mix of post-punk/riot grrrl/punk-rock/no wave that retches up influences from Huggy Bear to Mika Miko to The Slits and beyond, it's impossible to put their sound into words as it evolves and changes pace with every beat. I missed half of their set due to being almost stood-up by the bus, but thankfully made it down in time to witness them thrashing through their final songs. Swapping instruments, screaming into duo mics and stomping around the stage in a frenzy of wires and bright lights, London looked on in awe, some not quite sure what to make of their genre-ducking party anthems, but the bar totally empty as everyone pushed a little closer to the stage in a mixture of intrigue and trepidation.
Their album Larceny & Old Lace (reportedly named after an episode of The Golden Girls <3 ) is out June 7 on Suicide Squeeze. Read up on The Coathangers here.