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The Coathangers’ Dizzy-in-Love ‘Merry Go Round’ Video Includes Actual Coathangers

Atlanta garage rockers are on tour with Trail of Dead

picture-18576-1373300776By: Marc Hogan // March 27, 2013

…And you will know them by the trail of broken hearts. Atlanta garage-rock ragers the Coathangers, currently touring Europe with Trail of Dead, tend more toward wry, rickety catharsis than, perish the thought, old-fashioned love songs. Still, the woozy post-punk slow-burner “Go Away,” from 2011’s Larceny & Old Lace, continues to be the closest they’ve come to a “Maps.” From a split 7-inch released last September on Suicide Squeeze, “Merry Go Round” isn’t exactly their “Love Shack,” but amid the Coathangers’ herky-jerk guitars, alien keys, and whooping harmonies, there’s a wary embrace of hooks and, just maybe, giddy romance. The song’s whirling, colorful new video, directed by Brian Hicks, shows a creepily masked guy in a playground, actual coathangers, and actual Coathangers.

Coathangers tour dates:

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 6 – Umea, Sweden @ Umean Open (Applet stage)
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 *
April 26 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store !

* with Trail of Dead
! with the Growlers