Hear the Coathangers' Insatiable, Bittersweet Garage-Rock Elegy 'Derek's Song'

Limited-edition split single with Nü Sensae is out soon

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The Coathangers have always understood that you can communicate more by throwing a party than giving a speech. Atlanta's back-alley rock queens started out "Gettin' Mad and Pumpin' Iron" and commanding someone to "Nestle in My Boobies," but when 2011's Larceny & Lace wasn't summoning a "Hurricane," it was showing a band increasingly comfortable in the eye of the storm: The raspy "Jaybird," for instance, paid rambunctious tribute to the late Jay Reatard. "Derek's Song," from the band's March 5 split single with Suicide Squeeze labelmates Nü Sensae, comes after the death last year of Seattle musician Derek Shepherd, seen here in a photo with the Coathangers. Once again, they mask their pain well, bashing out an upbeat garage-pop rollicker about how, as drummer Stephanie Luke roars here, "It's never enough." Once again, they leave us always wanting more.

Coathangers tour dates:
March 7 - Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover
March 8 - Tallahassee, FL @ Retrofit Records
March 10 - Denton, TX @ 35 Denton Music Festival
March 11 - McAllen, TX @ Galax Z Fair II @ Thirsty Monkey
March 12-March 16 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 17 - Dallas, TX @ Sandbar Cantina @ Spillover Festival
March 19 - Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry's
March 24 - Rostock, Germany @ Zwischenbrau *
March 25 - Hamburg, Germany @ Ubel & Gefaehrlich *
March 27- Groningen, Holland @ Vera *
March 30 - Leipzig, Germany @ Conne Island *
April 1 - Düsseldorf, Germany @ Zakk *
April 2 - Bielefeld, Germany @ Forum *
April 4 - Sankt Hanshaugen, Norway @ John Dee *
April 7 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser *
April 9 - Berlin, Germany @ Astra *
April 10 - Warsaw, Poland @ Proxima *
April 11 - Wroclaw, Poland @ Firlej *
April 12 - Munich, Germany @ Theaterfabrik *
April 13 - Vienna, Austria @ WUK *
April 15 - Wil, Switzerland @ Gare de Lion *
April 16 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Mascotte *
April 17 - Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie *
April 19 - Manchester, UK @ Academy 2/3 *
April 20 - Glasgow, UK @ SW3 *
April 21 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Slade Rooms *
April 22 - Cardiff, UK @ The Great Hall 2 *
April 23 - Bristol, UK @ Academy *
April 24 - Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms *
April 25 - London, UK @ Islington Academy *

* with Trail of Dead

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