Interview/Show Preview: The Coathangers

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Hailing from the depths of the Atlanta music scene, The Coathangers are an all-female garage punk band who masterfully and purposefully combine simple, hooky tunes that invoke the nostalgic sound of vintage girl groups with the rebellious choppy power chords from female-driven influencers like Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney.

Formed in 2006, the trio consists of guitarist/singer Julia Kugel, bassist/singer Meredith Franco and drummer/singer Stephanie Luke, (respectively referred to as Minnie, Crook Kid and Rusty Coathanger), and continue to perfect music that is brash yet bubbly, angsty yet confident and has so much personality and bold irreverence that you can’t help and smile when listening to it. On their latest full-length album, Nosebleed Weekend (2016), the band communicates these sentiments but shows their growth and maturity as a band–from its slow-burning opener “Perfume,” to its fuzzy stand-out single, “Make it Right.”

More than a decade into their career and in anticipation for their Austin show tonight, we talked with the band via email to gain insight on where they are now as a trio and where they think they’ll be headed.


ANON: What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

The Coathangers: we have coined our sound as psycho-pop or yes-wave. we are influenced by any artist who is honest and authentic. we draw inspiration from raw expression.


ANON: How long have you all known each other? How did you first meet?

CH: we’ve know each other since high school age. our meeting was a cosmic gift of friendship. the stars brought us together.


ANON: What inspired you to make music together?

CH: we had a lot to say and felt safe around each other. and margaritas.


ANON: Over the last twelve years, how would you say your music has changed? What could you attribute to the band’s growing success?

CH: our skill level has evolved for sure since we started pretty raw. we attribute our success to never quitting.


ANON: What has been your biggest challenge as a band?

CH: being gluten/dairy free on tour.


ANON: Your music is capable of transcending a vast array of genres — can you describe your music-making process?

CH: we always write from the heart. we draw from personal experience hence the variation in mood in our songs. we don’t consider genre too much when we write.


ANON: What can your audience expect in the future from The Coathangers? Is there a style you’re wanting to explore?

CH: ya we are making an edm record next! JK. no we are working on a new full length right now!! and we’re really excited about it!! we feel very socially aware and want to tell the stories of others as well as our own. it’s still definitely coathangers style… the style we are always exploring.


 33234749_1141150626027776_7116231278659108864_oCatch The Coathangers in Austin, Texas @ Barracuda, Thursday June 7th 2018 @ 7pm.


Samantha Lopez: small town Oregon to Austin, Texas. Music journalist and Creative Writer. Feeling things a little too much since 1994.


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