Release Date: Mar 8, 2019
Record label: Suicide Squeeze
Emerging in 2006 from Atlanta, Georgia with a ragged DIY sound exemplified on their self-titled 2007 debut, The Coathangers have escaped many garage rock fans attention over the years despite their prominence in their homegrown scene. On this, their sixth studio album, the three piece have certainly come a long way in terms of proficiency but not too much has changed in their aggressive approach and confrontational attitude. The band tear into the personal and political with equal vigour, displaying a kind of intelligent simplicity that lends the material a purposely naive charm to undercut the buoyant brutalism of their playing.
It’s fitting that The Coathangers release their new record – The Devil You Know – on International Women’s Day. This is punk music delivered with a righteous feminine fury. The Coathangers have been around for a long time now – well over a decade – and this record, their sixth, is quite possibly their best (or at least on par with 2014’s Suck My Shirt… what a record that is!) They have always managed to find new angles and aspects of punk rock with which to occupy themselves, from the fiery fuzz of Hüsker Dü to the bombast of The Pixies, blended with a torrid beauty in the form of some rather excellent ballads.