Weekend Recall | The Coathangers

by Collin Schreiber

Going on 12 years of touring and creating several EPs and LPs, underground rock trio The Coathangers took a pause to focus on their latest masterpiece The Devil You Know, their new 11 song album due out March 8 on Suicide Squeeze Records. The band utilizes each member’s own style of songwriting (guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel excelled at the melodic pop songs, drummer/vocalist Stephanie Luke belted out the gritty rock tunes, bassist/vocalist Meredith Franco drove the post-punk and no-wave angles of the band), the trio became determined to meld their established sound. The result of this newfound discipline, depth, and dimension is the first Coathangers record written as a true unit, as each member learned how to imbue their bandmates’ songs with their own personal touch. Now back on tour we asked the band to take us through a day in their lives with their weekend recall.

Started our LA day off at the Haus of Strauss. They hooked us up with jeans and jackets, which was perfect since we were in a cold front. LA still looks sunny and beautiful even though is was record lows that day. Big thanks to Levi’s for outfitting our entire crew!

Started our LA day off at the Haus of Strauss. They hooked us up with jeans and jackets, which was perfect since we were in a cold front. LA still looks sunny and beautiful even though is was record lows that day. Big thanks to Levi’s for outfitting our entire crew!

A quick smoke before we head to load-in. A rare sight these days since Steph has decided to quit smoking. But that Nicorette just doesn’t cut it sometimes.

A quick smoke before we head to load-in. A rare sight these days since Steph has decided to quit smoking. But that Nicorette just doesn’t cut it sometimes.

Heading to the Teragram Ballroom. Julia is doing a phone interview for the upcoming Vancouver, BC show. Interviews are interesting. They can sometimes get so deep and you start revealing all these private thoughts to a stranger. Now he knows too much!

Heading to the Teragram Ballroom. Julia is doing a phone interview for the upcoming Vancouver, BC show. Interviews are interesting. They can sometimes get so deep and you start revealing all these private thoughts to a stranger. Now he knows too much!

Load in… where it all begins! Loading-in tip: where sunglasses that can transition between super bright daylight and dark theater. Otherwise you are just a walking accident waiting to happen. Thanks CRAP for the shades.

Load in… where it all begins! Loading-in tip: where sunglasses that can transition between super bright daylight and dark theater. Otherwise you are just a walking accident waiting to happen. Thanks CRAP for the shades.

Always cool to see your name on a marquee. Definitely feels like an achievement to have gone from basements and bars to ballrooms. Also cool to get to be a part of curating the shows! Both bands that played with us were exceptional.

Always cool to see your name on a marquee. Definitely feels like an achievement to have gone from basements and bars to ballrooms. Also cool to get to be a part of curating the shows! Both bands that played with us were exceptional.

Headed out for a quick bite before soundcheck. We try to get at least one complete meal a day when on tour. We spent years rushing around and eating Taco Bell, so it’s nice to be able to treat ourselves to more than greenroom food. It’s the little things, like eating, that can make or break your day.

Headed out for a quick bite before soundcheck. We try to get at least one complete meal a day when on tour. We spent years rushing around and eating Taco Bell, so it’s nice to be able to treat ourselves to more than greenroom food. It’s the little things, like eating, that can make or break your day.

Soundcheck. That’s Eric Huff on the left, our favorite front of house sound engineer. Amazing to have him on board. Makes everything run so much smoother. The Teragram looks beautiful from this angle.

Soundcheck. That’s Eric Huff on the left, our favorite front of house sound engineer. Amazing to have him on board. Makes everything run so much smoother. The Teragram looks beautiful from this angle.

Stephanie aka Rusty Coathanger checking the drums. We decided to give ourselves Coathanger names when we first started the band in 2006. The names created a space for us to be bigger than ourselves and gave us a sense of confidence.

Stephanie aka Rusty Coathanger checking the drums. We decided to give ourselves Coathanger names when we first started the band in 2006. The names created a space for us to be bigger than ourselves and gave us a sense of confidence.

Meredith aka Minnie Coathanger checking the bass. Mere is always cold so you will often see her wearing a blanket around backstage and during soundcheck. It’s a bass player thing.

Meredith aka Minnie Coathanger checking the bass. Mere is always cold so you will often see her wearing a blanket around backstage and during soundcheck. It’s a bass player thing.

Julia aka Crook Kid Coathanger feeling that guitar check. Although these are our home positions, we switch instruments towards the end of every set. It’s always fun to play with a new toy and it keeps the crowd guessing.

Julia aka Crook Kid Coathanger feeling that guitar check. Although these are our home positions, we switch instruments towards the end of every set. It’s always fun to play with a new toy and it keeps the crowd guessing.


Photos by Matt Odom