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Garage-Punk Trio the Coathangers Play Mercury Lounge on Friday

April 16th, 2014

Bassist Meredith Franco (Minnie Coathanger), guitarist Julia Kugel (Crook Kid Coathanger) and drummer Stephanie Luke (Rusty Coathanger), who share singing duties, formed the Coathangers on a whim eight years ago in Atlanta. They’ve played with the likes of the Black Lips and …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. And over the course of their first three albums, the garage-punk trio has put out irreverent songs like “Don’t Touch My Shit,” “Shut the Fuck Up” and “Nestle in My Boobies.” But on their recently released fourth album, Suck My Shirt (stream it below), the Coathangers (above, their video for “Follow Me”) sound at least a little bit grown up. Pitchfork says the full-length “shows a band continuing to grow and refine their sound. Have they become more tame as they’ve become a tighter band? Hell no. Their instruments still bite and their vocals still growl. But this time, the subject matter feels weightier.” Fortunately, the three still remain just as fun. Find out for yourself at the late show on Friday at Mercury Lounge.