ABOVE: THE COATHANGERS. PHOTO COURTESY OF MATT ODOM.
When Atlanta post-punk outfit The Coathangers first formed, it was to play shows with friends like the Black Lips. Since their 2007 debut, however, the band has steadily grown into one of the most sophisticated acts on the touring garage-rock circuit. Comprised of Stephanie Luke, Julia Kugel, and Meredith Franco, (also known as Rusty, Crooked, and Minnie Coathanger, respectively), the trio consistently pushes itself into new territory with every release.
Out April 15 via Suicide Squeeze, the band’s fifth studio album, Nosebleed Weekend, is a far cry from the brazen riot-grrrl rock that put The Coathangers on the map nearly 10 years ago. “I think all bands in their early 20s start for fun,” explains Kugel of the more mature feel to the forthcoming record.
Premiering below, “Perfume” is the last single to drop before Nosebleed Weekend‘s official release. “The lyrics for ‘Perfume’ popped into my head a few days after we got back from Europe in late summer of last year,” continues Kugel, who is the lead vocalist on the track (The Coathangers are known for their rotating line-up). “It’s about being able to accept a change or shift in a relationship, even if it means parting ways—it’s about letting it pass by,” she continues. “It almost wasn’t on the record, but has become one of our favorite songs to play.”
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