Scott Weaver & co.’s Thursday night parties at Snug Harbor have become legendary. Many people have not made it into work or to class on Fridays since this madness began.

After a wild night of drinking & dancing, the running joke…”I got SHIPWRECKED at SHIPROCKED!” has become a staple of conversations for many in Plaza-Midwood.


The Coathangers were a band before they were musicians. The Atlanta
quartet started out as an excuse to hang out and play parties. Their
jokey attitude ran deep, right down to their name--a self-admittedly
crude abortion reference for an all-girl group. The whole
knowing-how-to-play-an-instrument thing was just a minor hurdle in
their musical mission. And to their credit, The Coathangers stormed
onto the scene, regardless of the handicap, as a completely
unaffected, unpretentious, deliciously sloppy, and totally infectious
rock band. What they lacked in formal training they made up for in an
innate understanding of how to craft a hook and propel a song forward
on sheer charisma. It was impossible not to like them.

Despite the casualness of The Coathangers approach to making music,
that devil-may-care attitude and rowdy house-show vibe resonated with
folks across the globe. The band released two albums and toured the
states with bands like The Thermals, Mika Miko, These Arms Are Snakes,
and Young Widows. Five years later, that reckless energy from their
half-serious roots is every bit as vibrant and rambunctious on their
latest album, Larceny & Old Lace. But this time around we’re hearing a
band that’s honed their trade and incorporated more stylistic
variations. It’s also the band’s first experience in a proper studio;
the album was recorded with Ed Rawls at The Living Room in Atlanta,
Georgia. The result is a record that feels like The Coathangers we’ve
always known and loved, but sounds like a band taking their trade more
seriously. Where their past recordings were a mash-up of garage rock’s
rough and loose instrumentation and no-wave’s abrasive tonalities,
Larceny & Old Lace showcases a broader song-writing range. “Go Away”
taps into a ‘60s girl-group sound. “Call to Nothing” employs the
paint-peeling guitars, dance beats, and slightly ominous melodies of
the early post-punk pioneers. “Well Alright” is reminiscent of Rolling
Stones’ bawdy R&B strut. “Tabbacco Road” is perhaps the biggest leap
for the band, completely eschewing their rabble-rousing strategy in
favor of penning a pensive and somber ballad. Are we seeing a kinder,
gentler Coathangers?

“Never!” is the response from drummer Rusty Coathanger. “We're
definitely in a different place creatively and personally. This album
has songs that go deeper than on [sophmore album] Scramble, much more
serious for us... say whaaaaa?!” Old fans needn’t worry though—lead
single “Hurricane” is still a glorious, gritty garage rocker and
“Johnny” is still a brilliantly noisy no-wave tune. The Coathangers
are merely stretching their boundaries, as you’d expect any other act
on their third album to do. “We wanted to try and write different
styles of songs and push ourselves to really create something familiar
but still unique,” says Rusty. “Because everyone is into so many
different types of music, you get a hodgepodge kind of sound. However
different the songs we feel its still a cohesive album, as far as
every song sounding distinctly like a Coathanger's song.”

With this broadened artistic horizon, refinement of technique, and Ed
Rawls’ production allowing every instrument to shine without
detracting from the band’s natural grit, The Coathangers’ latest
offering is easily their best record to date. Larceny & Old Lace will
be released June 7, 2011 on Suicide Squeeze Records. Join the party.



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