The Coathangers’ ‘Scramble’ to set for release on Suicide Squeeze records.
This all-female quartet is ready to knock your socks off.
· In less than three years, The Coathangers, Julia Kugel
(guitar / vocals), Stephanie Luke (drums / vocals), Candice
Jones (keyboard / vocals), and Meredith Franco (bass /
vocals) have grown from a band of girlfriends buying the cheapest
instruments an Atlanta pawn shop could offer, to a group of
formidable, adaptable performers.
· “We write all the songs together, trying everything out within a
day; we switch instruments, waste time, thrive on building
pressure,” says Julia Kugel, “every song is an art project, a
starting over, a Scramble”.
· Songs like ‘Bury Me’ and ‘Time Passing’ use chanted vocals to
approach a kind of personal sloganeering – like Huggy Bear, shot
with syncopated voices, but minus the political fury. In
‘Pussywillow’, the melodic chop of the guitar brings the chorus,
lifting the call-and-response action from bratty disgust to
melancholy realization, then back again.
· There’s a definitive strength in the scrambled vernacular of the
band’s songwriting. Do they bring the party, as rumour has it?
Absolutely. It’s an exhausting time. But what these ladies’ have to
give, both performing live, and on record, leads to a beautiful
exhaustion: a feeling both empty and full, like at the end of intense
physical activity, when your body is burned, yet charged.
· Vinyl version comes with a coupon for a free digital
download. The initial 1,000 copies on LP are pressed on
Intro * Toomerhead * Stop Stomp Stompin’ *
Time Passing * Bury Me * Dreamboat * Pussywillow *
Getting’ Mad & Pumpin’ Iron * Killdozer * 143 *
Arthritis Sux * Sonic You * Bobby Knows Best *
Cheap Cheap * Outro
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