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The Coathangers Announce New Album

The Coathangers’ new album, The Devil You Know, is due out on March 8 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.

Now they have shared the album’s opening track and accompanying video, ‘Bimbo’, with guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel saying: “‘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.”

She continues: "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 Devil You Know’ track list:

1. Bimbo

2. 5 Farms

3. Crimson Telephone

4. Hey Buddy

5. Step Back

6. Stranger Danger

7. F the NRA

8. Memories

9. Last Call

10. Stasher

11. Lithium

 

 

 

Ex Hex Announce New Album

At long last, Ex Hex have announced the follow up to 2014’s debut, Rips. Mary Timony, Betsy Wright and Laura Harris will release their second album together, It’s Real, on March 22 via Merge, followed by a UK tour in May. Now they give a first glimpse at the new material with ‘Cosmic Cave’, a bittersweet rave-up with shimmering phased guitars, a gooey-candied chorus and beamed-in “whoa-oh-ohs” that add a touch of melancholia to the frenzied speed-of-sound pace.

When Ex Hex exploded onto the scene with their unfettered brand of rock and riffage, the power trio for our generation had finally arrived. Made up of Mary Timony (guitar, vocals), Betsy Wright (bass, vocals), and Laura Harris (drums), the group’s 2014 debut Rips was a gleaming collection of tightly wound gems and near-constant touring throughout 2015 and 2016 established the band as a force to be reckoned with: an audacious three-piece distilling rock music to its essence with formidable skills and a reputation for frenzied and unabashedly fun live shows.

On It’s Real, the group’s forthcoming second album, Ex Hex’s commitment to larger-than-life riffs and unforgettable hooks remains intact, but the garage-y, post-punk approach that defined Rips has grown in scale and ambition. What started as a reaction to the blown-out aesthetic of Rips would test the sonic limits of the power trio and lead the band on a quest for a more immersive and three-dimensional sound. Vocal harmonies are layered ten tracks deep, solos shimmer and modulate atop heaving power chords, and the codas linger and stretch toward new frontiers of sound. On first listen, you might think you’ve unearthed a long-lost LP carved from the space where crunch-minded art rock and glitter-covered hard rock converge, an event horizon at the intersection of towering choruses and swaggering guitars.

Produced by Jonah Takagi (who also produced Rips), It’s Real was a more collaborative effort than its predecessor. Mary and Betsy could be found writing late into the night, leaning on Takagi to tighten up arrangements. Egos were surrendered in service to the music: Nothing was sacred or precious, and there was a relentless devotion to both songcraft and exploration. Dozens of guitar amps sat mic-ed in the next room, and the group experimented at a frenzied pace parsing countless combinations of instruments, pedals, and amps. They even dusted off Mary’s old Rockman, a small headphone amp designed by Boston guitarist Tom Scholz in 1982. Mary recounts, “It’s only about the size of a Walkman and takes eight AA batteries, but it sounds massive. We read that parts of [Def Leppard’s] Hysteria were tracked through it, and when we finally plugged it in, it blew our minds!”

Ex Hex UK live dates:

May 24 - Brudenell Social Club, LEEDS

May 25 - Deaf Institute, MANCHESTER

May 27 - The Exchange, BRISTOL

May 28 - Village Underground, LONDON

 

 

 

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