The Coathangers play it rough and smooth on Nosebleed Weekend

Nosebleed WeekendBrash female punk trio The Coathangers emerged from the DIY basement scene in Atlanta 10 years ago. Their 5th album finds them recording at the historic Valentine Recording Studios in the San Fernando Valley, previously home to artists including Bing Crosby and The Beach Boys. It's a far cry from the band’s lo fi origins and it shows in the lavish production on Nosebleed Weekend.

The band's raw punk sound has been stripped down, polished and built up to be sharper and more intricate. The songs are multi-textured, weaving soft and heavy, rough and smooth elements together. There is a touch of disco to the beat at the start of opening track "Perfume". After a few bars guitars come rumbling along with sultry vocals that build to an uplifting chorus. "Excuse Me?" works the full spectrum with a delicate intro played with slow precision, accompanied by almost whispered vocals before bursting into a chorus of fury and distortion. The album needs these outbursts of raw noise as much as it needs the slicker moments to boost their impact.

There are no quiet, slick moments on "Burn Me", a jagged blast of punk which gives the band's early sound a good polish while retaining the raw energy and emotion that can easily die in the vacuum of a professional recording studio. In a similar vein standout track "Squeeki Tiki" is a crazy slice of cute and nasty pop with sassy chanting and a riot of drums, pounding bass and squeaky toys. It’s got all the attitude and juicy noise of Japanese hardcore bands like Melt-banana, and is a shouty cousin of earlier songs like "Don’t Touch My Shit" from the band's 2007 eponymous album. The album concludes on a gentler note with "Copycat". Guitar and vocals echo sweetly and feel set to culminate in more sonic brutality but instead it closes softly on a refrain of “hooray for Hollywood”.

As The Coathangers move towards veteran status they are carving out a more mature and sophisticated sound but the passion and energy of their early days remains and it’s this that gives Nosebleed Weekend its kick with "Squeeki Tiki" a potential song of the year.

Release: 15th April 2016, Suicide Squeeze


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