Thursday, October 17, 2013

Catching up with the Coathangers

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 11:09 AM

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  • Scott Montoya
Since September, the ladies of the Coathangers have been out and about touring the country with the likes of Guitar Wolf and Coward. Now performing as a trio, minus keyboard player and vocalist Candice Jones, the Coathangers are making their way back to Atlanta for a homecoming show at the the Drunken Unicorn on Sat., Oct. 19. We decided to play catch-up with drummer and vocalist Stephanie Luke before the group graces Atlanta with their presence once again.

How's the tour going?

It's been great so far. We've been out for eight days. We're on tour with Guitar Wolf, and they're this band that's been around for like 20 years. Other than that the shows have been pretty legit.

Is there a new Coathangers album in the works?

Yeah, we're working on a new LP. We just recorded four songs, but when we get back from tour, we just have a few more songs to write and record. We actually just put out a 7-inch which has a bunch of tracks we made from the past year, so we're touring on that right now.

How do you think the sound has developed since the last album, or since you started?

It's like night and day. We're still the same band just better ... I guess. When we started we didn't really know what we were doing. We have gotten a little bit more serious as time went on. So now we actually care about writing and stuff. It's become more than just a joke to us nowadays.

Do you think that switch, from where you were from the start to how you are now, has anything to do with your lineup change?

No, no no, we're growing in life in general. And the band is just a huge part of our lives, and we've kind of grown with the band. It got more important for us. We're kinda growing in the right direction. Hopefully the music reflects that!

Do you think that the all-girl group image has changed today?

There have always been so many stellar all-girl groups, and now it's something that we should pay attention to. There has been a resurgence of women in music, and it's a big deal ... But almost not a big deal. We shouldn't be given any special treatment, but it's something to point out that women in music are a big thing. It's really cool that we as women are starting to be more vocal and having a good time.

What about women in the Atlanta music scene?

Ummm, I don't know, I think it's what makes Atlanta special. The music scene is like one big family. We go to each others' shows and we appreciate each other as artists. Each city has their own signature sound, but Atlanta is really eclectic and yet still one big family. It goes across the board from shoegaze to rap, we all help each other in some sort of way.

The Coathangers, Guitar Wolf, and Coward play the Drunken Unicorn, Sat., Oct. 19. $15-$17. 9 p.m. 736 Ponce De Leon Ave.

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