The Coathangers

Party Store Productions presents

The Coathangers

Big Bite, Teener

Thu · April 11, 2019

8:00 pm

UFO Factory


This event is 18 and over

The Coathangers
The Coathangers
An all-female garage punk band with an irreverent, fun-loving attitude, the Coathangers play purposefully
simple, hooky tunes that borrow from vintage girl group sounds and contemporary teen pop acts as much
as the old-school punk and new wave outfits that inform their sound. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, the
Coathangers were formed in 2006 by guitarist and singer Julia Kugel (aka Crook Kid Coathanger), bassist
and singer Meredith Franco (aka Minnie Coathanger), keyboardist and singer Candice Jones (aka Bebe
Coathanger), and drummer and singer Stephanie Luke (aka Rusty Coathanger) -- Kugel and Franco were
working together in a dress shop that specialized in wedding gowns and prom dresses; Jones and Luke
were earning their living as bartenders. While they could barely play their instruments, they were eager to
take the stage, and after playing their first show at a house party, the Coathangers soon made their proper
stage debut opening for the Hiss, and their sense of fun soon won over hometown audiences.
They also became friends with fellow Atlanta band the Black Lips, who gave the Coathangers opening slots
that helped them gain an even larger audience. In 2007, infamous Atlanta punk label Die Slaughterhaus
Records teamed up with New York's Rob's House Records to issue the band's self-titled debut album, and
the Coathangers were playing out as often as their schedules would permit, frequently gigging throughout
Georgia and venturing out on short tours. Their second album, 2009's Scramble, was released by Suicide
Squeeze Records, and by the time they put out 2011's Larceny & Old Lace, they were playing throughout
the country and even toured Europe opening for the Thermals. In 2013, the Coathangers hit Europe again
opening for ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, but by the end of the year, they were reduced to
a trio when Candice Jones left the group. Undaunted, the Coathangers pressed on as a three-piece as they
recorded album number four, Suck My Shirt, which was released in the spring of 2014. In 2016, the
Coathangers returned with their fifth album, the well-received Nosebleed Weekend. The Parasite EP
followed in the summer of 2017 on Suicide Squeeze Records. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Big Bite
Big Bite
Big Bite manage to pull zero punches on their self-titled LP; the most recent arrival on the fledgling boutique label Pop Wig. For their proper debut, the Seattle-based outfit assemble eight, fuzz punk pieces in just 22 minutes. Each track soars with raw intensity, elaborating on the prototypical ideas developed on the band’s previous “demo,” “seven inch” and tour tape releases.

Sharing members with Oakland’s own Happy Diving, Big Bite pull straight from their brother-band’s playbook. In a lot of ways, the group is quite similar to Happy Diving: cranked amps, feedback laden intros and wailing guitar hooks make up the bulk of Big Bite’s sound. Half the tracks on Big Bite’s self-titled border anthemic, each bearing the boot-stomping potential to strike fear in floorboards across the nation.

Highlight “Relentless Healing” packs a frantic sense of urgency, possessing a force only quelled by a warbling guitar riff around the track’s two-minute mark. The fill gently concludes the manic peak in the album’s prettiest, most tempered moment. Opener “Pure of Heart” kicks things off with a boisterous, beer-clinking introduction of pure “rock and roll,” leather not included. “Faith” picks up where “Heart” leaves off, playing out like a feel good aftershock of the sonic spiraling of “Get Away” or “Double Dare.”

Combining the raw, aggro approach of Wipers with the hyper-elated vivacity of The Replacements, Big Bite adopt a full-throttle punk approach, composed in tangent with scrappy DIY ethics. Being their debut, the album marks the beginning of a band’s self-realization, as concepts escape their embryonic blueprint stage and advance into territory of refinement. Big Bite offer a terse but thoughtful collection of solid tracks, a perfectly brief introduction to aside-project actualized. - by Patrick Pilch (@pratprilch)
Venue Information:
UFO Factory
2110 Trumbull Ave
Detroit, MI, 48216