Stateside Presents

CEREMONY

STATESIDE PRESENTS

CEREMONY

NOTHING, THE COATHANGERS, MAN BITES DOG

Thu, July 31, 2014

7:00 pm

191 Toole

Tucson, AZ

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is all ages

CEREMONY
CEREMONY
"I have a little window I peer out of at my house in Rohnert Park where I sit at night and write things down that have come to me throughout the day. Most of the stuff has to do with people, how we treat each other, and our ever increasing ability to hurt one another, as well as unconditionally love. It's always amazed me, the contrast in which we move and work. While writing "Zoo," I was confronted with the problem of confining humans, in that – I didn't want to harp on the fact that we're killing ourselves, and each other all the time, or fall into the habit of writing things that seemed too pessimistic about our current state – something punk and hardcore bands have pursued many times over. We all have a cluster of emotions in us that are always there, and articulating those many sides was my main dilemma. I think the music reflects that. There are songs on the record that sound fast, slow, eerie, full, or abrupt, each one different, but at the same time very similar. This is what reviewers call "comprehensive." I suppose this record is our first sort of comprehensive sounding record, in that – each song binds to one another better than we've done in the past.

The title "Zoo," comes from the idea that we're all living in a world that has been heavily structured for us, by us, which feels strange because no other civilization has been so extensive in furthering comfort, entertainment, schedule, and basic living. The problem being – with existing here on earth comes suffering, suffering that often sneaks up on us as bewilderment, and with that suffering brings people who try to relate the state we're in, in order to soften the blows. "Zoo" isn't a concept record, or any attempt at changing people's minds, or exacting the world's problems, it's just a pursuit in trying to understand what it means to be a human living in a world that sometimes seems too full of everything, because it is – it's full of us, an extremely complicated people, and we're doing all we can to live in harmony, free from whatever it is that closes us in, bars us, and cages the joy of being here."
NOTHING
NOTHING
NOTHING is a band of musicians from the over crowded inner city of Philadelphia. They create a serene funnel of noise. The vocals are ambient, but barely audible with lyrics that preach of broken homes, lost youth, and time spent in isolation. The guitars bleed and blend into a single powerful wave, and the rhythms create a thunderous repeating pattern that puts you in a seemingly opiate induced slumber. You'll only be awoken by each climax after haunting climax that is carefully placed in every track.
THE COATHANGERS
THE COATHANGERS
The Coathangers were a band before they were musicians. The Atlanta quartet started out as an excuse to hang out and play parties. Their jokey attitude ran deep, right down to their name--a self-admittedly crude abortion reference for an all-girl group. The whole knowing-how-to-play-an-instrument thing was just a minor hurdle in their musical mission. And to their credit, The Coathangers stormed onto the scene, regardless of the handicap, as a completely unaffected, unpretentious, deliciously sloppy, and totally infectious rock band. What they lacked in formal training they made up for in an innate understanding of how to craft a hook and propel a song forward on sheer charisma. It was impossible not to like them.
Despite the casualness of The Coathangers approach to making music, that devil-may-care attitude and rowdy house-show vibe resonated with folks across the globe. The band released two albums and toured the states with bands like The Thermals, Mika Miko, These Arms Are Snakes, and Young Widows. Five years later, that reckless energy from their half-serious roots is every bit as vibrant and rambunctious on their latest album, Larceny & Old Lace. But this time around we're hearing a band that's honed their trade and incorporated more stylistic variations. It's also the band's first experience in a proper studio; the album was recorded with Ed Rawls at The Living Room in Atlanta, Georgia. The result is a record that feels like The Coathangers we've always known and loved, but sounds like a band taking their trade more seriously. Where their past recordings were a mash-up of garage rock's rough and loose instrumentation and no-wave's abrasive tonalities, Larceny & Old Lace showcases a broader song-writing range. "Go Away" taps into a '60s girl-group sound. "Call to Nothing" employs the paint-peeling guitars, dance beats, and slightly ominous melodies of the early post-punk pioneers. "Well Alright" is reminiscent of Rolling Stones' bawdy R&B strut. "Tabbacco Road" is perhaps the biggest leap for the band, completely eschewing their rabble-rousing strategy in favor of penning a pensive and somber ballad. Are we seeing a kinder, gentler Coathangers?
"Never!" is the response from drummer Rusty Coathanger. "We're definitely in a different place creatively and personally.  This album has songs that go deeper than on [sophmore album] Scramble, much more serious for us... say whaaaaa?!" Old fans needn't worry though—lead single "Hurricane" is still a glorious, gritty garage rocker and "Johnny" is still a brilliantly noisy no-wave tune. The Coathangers are merely stretching their boundaries, as you'd expect any other act on their third album to do. "We wanted to try and write different styles of songs and push ourselves to really create something familiar but still unique," says Rusty. "Because everyone is into so many different types of music, you get a hodgepodge kind of sound.  However different the songs we feel its still a cohesive album, as far as every song sounding distinctly like a Coathanger's song."

With this broadened artistic horizon, refinement of technique, and Ed Rawls' production allowing every instrument to shine without detracting from the band's natural grit, The Coathangers' latest offering is easily their best record to date. Larceny & Old Lace will be released June 7, 2011 on Suicide Squeeze Records. Join the party.
Venue Information:
191 Toole
191 E. Toole Ave
Tucson, AZ, 85701