The Coathangers, Shacklewell Arms, 15.11.14
Rocking a new slimline set up after bidding farewell to keyboardist Candice Jones following their last release, Atlanta punks The Coathangers may be one team player down but they’re by no means less playful.
Standing in and amongst the throng, their force is raw, repeatedly pounding into your chest and forcing your feet to stomp and your head to sway. Album opener ‘Follow Me’ is a visceral assault of scratchy strings and Crook Kid‘s signature husky drawl, kicking into a sing-along chorus that conjures up the same sisterly sound of fellow punk siren, Brody Dalle‘s ‘Meet The Foetus’. Rumbling along with a Bush Tetras swagger, ‘Shut Up’ is all sass and bile whilst bittersweet ‘Merry Go Round’ jitters and jives with the same surf yelps as Argentinians post punk trio, Las Kellies and the infectious chorus ear worm: “I’ll have some fun on the merry go round,/ I’ll get real high on the merry go round…”.
But it’s the reckless enthusiasm that strikes us most about the Suicide Squeeze signed three, clearly built on an infectious excitement and palpable camaraderie. It’s impossible not to fall for The Coathangers’ attitude and audacity as we exit the East London tavern, soaked in sweat and satisfaction.
Suck My Shirt is available on LP, CD, and digital formats via Suicide Squeeze Records.
Anthony John Sayer