The latest from Suicide Squeeze is The Coathangers’ fourth full-length,Â Suck My Shirt.
“Suck My Shirt,” the title at least, comes from an incident over spilled tequila that occurred during the recording session for the album. I’ll let your mind wander on that.
This release sees the band changing from four members down to three. But that hasn’t changed the liveliness of the band as their music continues to be spontaneously celebratory and full of energy.
You can check out a track from the new LP down below calledÂ Follow Me.
The Coathangers, "Suck My Shirt" LP/CD **PRE-ORDER**
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Suck My Shirt is the The Coathangersâ€™ fourth full-length. The title refers to an incident involving the salvaging of spilled tequila during the recording session for the album. While the title implies that little has changed with regards to the bandâ€™s celebratory mission statement, even just a cursory listen of their latest album demonstrates that there have indeed been changes in The Coathangersâ€™ camp. First off, the quartet was reduced to a trio for the latest record, with keyboardist Bebe Coathanger (Candice Jones) stepping down from her duties. But the absence of keyboards isnâ€™t nearly as noticeable of a difference as the bandâ€™s refined songwriting approach. Refinement is an attribute we expect to see in any group that has a career spanning more than a couple of years, but the extent to which The Coathangers have honed their trade with each successive album dwarfs most bandsâ€™ maturation. This isnâ€™t to say that The Coathangers have polished their sound; the group once again worked with Ed Rawls and Justin McNeight and The Living Room to attain the same production values of their Larceny & Old Lace album and their recent slew of split 7â€ťs. Rather, the refinement can be heard in the quality of the songs themselves. While the band retains the alluring spontaneity and happy accidents of their early releases, the trioâ€™s current work sounds far more deliberate and locked-in than anything theyâ€™ve done in the past.
â€śItâ€™s a balance between overthinking and just going for it,â€ť guitarist Crook Kid Coathanger (Julia Kugel) says of their songwriting strategy. Itâ€™s a duality immediately apparent with the album opener â€śFollow Meâ€ť. Itâ€™s a classic Coathangers tune with the raspy vocals of Rusty Coathanger (Stephanie Luke) belted out over the signature grimy rock laid down by Crook Kid and bassist Minnie Coathanger (Meredith Franco). But the chorus opens into one of the most accessible hooks in the bandâ€™s canon, just before segueing into the next verse with a squall of violent dissonant guitar. From there the band launches into â€śShut Upâ€ť, a title that harkens back to the brash sass of their first record. The song still has its spikey guitar riffs and shouted chorus, but here The Coathangers sound less like a jubilant version of Huggy Bear and more like the art-pop of late-era Minutemen. Dedicated Coathangers fans will recognize the re-worked versions of â€śMerry Go Roundâ€ť, â€śSmotherâ€ť, â€śAdderallâ€ť, and â€śDerekâ€™s Songâ€ť from their run of limited edition split 7â€ťs, and hearing them in the context of the album shows that these tracks werenâ€™t merely isolated examples of the bandâ€™s more sophisticated side, but were actually demonstrative of the groupâ€™s increasing capacity for nestling solid melodic hooks and rock heft into their repertoire. By the time the band wraps up the album with the humble pop perfection of â€śDriveâ€ť, itâ€™s hard to believe this was the band that garnered their reputation with raucous bombasts like â€śDonâ€™t Touch My Shitâ€ť.
The first pressing of this LP is limited to 900 copies on fluorescent lemon-lime vinyl and comes with a free download code.
**PRE-ORER will ship on or around March 7, 2014
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