Announce new album ‘The Devil You Know’ and share the new
track & video “Bimbo”.
Album out March 8th on Suicide Squeeze
We’re excited to announce the latest work from Atlanta's three-woman riot, The Coathangers.
New album 'The Devil You Know' is due out on March 8th via Suicide Squeeze Records.
For 12 years The Coathangers have been building an infallible reputation for chaotic punk rock and visceral live shows, but this sixth LP is a record that captures their established takes on vitriolic punk, playful house-party anthems, and heart-worn ballads and melds them all, revealing a new level of songwriting and nuance.
This week they share the album’s opening track and accompanying video, “Bimbo”. Guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel says about the song:
“Bimbo” is a bittersweet note on love, self preservation, and letting go.
It came together naturally and was one of the easiest songs to be written
for the new record. It tells two sides of the story but still feels uplifting
and positive. An acceptance of things the way they are."
"The video was shot on our last European tour by us and our fellow road warrior Mackenzie Sutch. We spend a large part of our lives on the
road and it felt right to make the first video off the new record a
small documentation of that.
Tour is bittersweet as well. It can be dreamy and harsh at the same time. Shot mostly in Spain and Portugal, the video for “Bimbo” is a lovely memory of a complex emotional and physical journey.
The video was edited by our good friend Nacho Montero from Madrid."
“The writing process was done with an open heart,” says Kugel.
“Everything that came before had to go away. Whatever hang-up,
whatever thing we were holding onto, it had to go away.
And we started there, at ground zero.”
This may sound like the band was going through some Hüsker Dü-level personal drama, but the reality is less gritty and salacious. The individual members had merely become entrenched in
their way of doing things. Kugel excelled at the melodic pop songs. Drummer/vocalist
Stephanie Luke belted out the gritty rock tunes. Bassist/vocalist Meredith Franco
drove the post-punk and no-wave angles of the band.
With each album, you could hear the individual songwriters honing their style. But with
‘The Devil You Know’, it feels like we’re hearing the first Coathangers record written as a
true unit. There’s a newfound discipline, depth, and dimension, like each member learned
how to imbue their bandmates’ songs with their own personal touch.
Inspired and emboldened by their experience recording previous LP ‘Nosebleed Weekend’, the band returned to Valentine Recording Studios in Laurel Canyon with Nic Jodoin, who pushed
them into increasingly layered and lush sonic territories.
The album title stems from an old adage whispered at a friend’s wedding; we settle when we’re afraid of the unknown. It’s a theme that runs through every song on the album, and even
though the band insists they were writing songs about other peoples’ pain, they acknowledge
that the old saying applies to their band as well.
We get comfortable, we get scared, and we refuse to change. But with ‘The Devil You Know’,
The Coathangers lost their fear, and that allowed them to shed the baggage of the past.
“Why are we living in these cells we built for ourselves?” Kugel asks.
“That’s been the great thing about this record. It’s been honest and confrontational… but not in a shitty way.”
Suicide Squeeze Records is proud to release ‘The Devil You Know’ to the world on March 8, 2019 on CD, a limited run of 300 cassettes, digital formats, and an initial pressing of 3,000 LPs
with 500 copies on MAYDAY colour vinyl, 500 on LUCKY DEVIL colour vinyl, and 2000 on BITTERSWEET colour vinyl.
The vinyl version includes foil on the cover of the LP jacket, a printed inner sleeve, and a download card.
'The Devil You Know' will be released on March 9th via Suicide Squeeze.
B I Z Z A R R E
FRI JAN 25 - Calgary AB, Big Winter Classic
WED FEB 20 - Santa Ana, CA, Marty’s On Newport
THU FEB 21 - Los Angeles, CA, Teragram Ballroom
FRI FEB 22 - Long Beach, CA, Alex’s Bar
SAT FEB 23 - San Francisco, CA, Independent*
SUN FEB 24 - Reno, NV, Holland Project*
TUE FEB 26 - Bend, OR, Volcanic Lounge*
WED FEB 27 - Portland, OR, Mississippi Studios*
THU FEB 28 - Seattle, WA, Neumos*
FRI MAR 1 - Bellingham, WA, Shakedown*
SAT MAR 2 - Vancouver, BC, Imperial
TUE MAR 5 - Spokane, WA, The Bartlett*
WED MAR 6 - Boise, ID, Olympic*
THU MAR 7 - Salt Lake City, UT, Kilby Court*
SAT MAR 9 - San Diego, CA, Casbah*
THU APR 4 - Birmingham, AB, Saturn
FRI APR 5 - Nashville, TN, Exit/In
SAT APR 6 - St. Louis, MO, Old Rock House
SUN APR 7 - Kansas City, MO, recordBar
MON APR 8 - Minneapolis, MN, Turf Club
TUE APR 9 - Chicago, IL, Empty Bottle
THU APR 11 - Detroit, MI, El Club
FRI APR 12 - Cleveland, OH, Grog Shop
SAT APR 13 - Toronto, ON, The Horseshoe
SUN APR 14 - Montreal, QC, Let Ritz
MON APR 15 - Boston, MA, Great Scott
WED APR 17 - Asbury Park, NJ, Asbury Lanes
THU APR 18 - New York, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
FRI APR 19 - Washington, DC, DC9
SAT APR 20 - Philadelphia, PA, Underground Arts
*= with SadGirl
The Coathangers - Bimbo