With their new live album, entitled simply LIVE, out June 1 via Suicide Squeeze, Atlanta garage punks The Coathangers have announced a UK tour for this September. To celebrate, they have shared a brand new live video for ‘Hurricane’; lead single from their 2011 album, Larceny and Old Lace, and a main-stay favourite of their high-octane live show. The clip finds The Coathangers at their visceral and frantic best as they tear through the performance with a wild, unshackled energy - a taste of what to expect from their forthcoming shows.
In 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. Considering the band’s initial aspirations to merely hang out and play a few house parties, their relentless touring schedule is perhaps the greatest testament to the lasting power of their scrappy hook-laden records and the infectious energy radiating from their live shows. And while every Coathangers record has captured their buoyant turbulence and jagged euphoria, there is always some degree of magic that inevitably gets lost when bands go into the studio.
Perhaps it’s the energy transference from the audience that’s missing or maybe it’s the push-and-pull of the musicians playing together in a volatile environment. Whatever the source of that inexplicable magic, The Coathangers have always wrangled a rowdy replication of that sweaty and sticky live feeling, but the time had come to properly document it.
Their quest for enchantment prompted 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-mâché 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. “It’s like our anthology… our entire career in 38 minutes.” Sure enough, LIVE spans everything from the slow-burn pop of ‘Captain’s Dead’ from last year’s Parasite EP to the rabblerousing rocker ‘Tonya Harding’ from their self-titled debut.
The Coathangers European tour dates:
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)