I fell for the Coathangers at first listen when I saw them live in Dallas. The Atlanta-based punk band will rip the “pretty good for a girl band” nonsense to absolute shreds.
Nine years in and with the release of their fifth album, Nosebleed Weekend, they’re just as fresh as ever with their signature ferocious sound except now that sound is a bit more polished and sleek but make no mistake about it… They’re still sharp and jagged.
Which is what their latest video for their track Down Down is. It’s a bass heavy infusion with palpitating beats with a guitar-driven chorus and a melodic touch. The harmonies in the chorus are ethereal and while Stephanie Luke’s (aka Rusty) raspy gruff is perfectly contrasting. The Matt Odom-directed video showcases the band’s artistry paired over a geometric light show. It’s like the band itself, effortless and utterly cool. The video also pays homage to ‘girl groups’ of the ’60s, lead singer Julia Kugel (aka Crook Kid) told NYLON “We are always categorized as a ‘girl band’ instead of just a ‘band,’ so for this video, it felt good to embrace that and at the same time acknowledging the strong talented women that paved the way for women in our industry.” The nod to the girl groups of the past is a great nod to show just how far women in the music industry have come, their subversive lyrics paired over their homage is satisfyingly empowering.
Nosebleed Weekend is out now on Suicide Squeeze Records.