Punk trio plays at Chop Suey on Sunday, March 19.
If the Coathangers’ name didn’t clue you in that the band has strong feminist opinions, their new record will. The all-female punk trio — whose music revolves around their 10-year friendship, self-possession, sex positivity and hating on jerks who do them wrong — will perform Sunday, March 19, at Chop Suey in Seattle.
The Atlanta band’s new album, “Nosebleed Weekend,” is the first time they’ve worked with producer Nic Jodoin.
“I’m proud of us for taking the time to really think about the songs. We spent a whole month scooped up in a time practice space in California, eight hours a day. And we got a producer, Nic Jodoin, which is something we’ve never done before. He’s got a great ear for stuff to tweak without trying to change our sound,” drummer Stephanie Luke said in a recent phone interview.
8 p.m., Sunday, March 19, Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle; $13-$15 (www.ticketfly.com).
Jodoin was not afraid to challenge them to get the perfect take. “Before it was just verse, chorus, verse, chorus, end. On this album, we were adding different little parts to the songs and also just pushing ourselves as far as like vocals. Or like guitar tone. I think Julia (Kugel) played ‘Down Down’ like 200 times before they decided on the right guitar sound. That was Nic, pushing us,” Luke said. Meredith Franco rounds out the trio.
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Most of the songs on the new album are about self-preservation and not taking anyone’s trash talking, in a way that bleeds girl power. “Had Enough” is about walking away from someone who tells you you aren’t enough; “Excuse Me?” is about telling it like it is to someone who’s asking for it; “Watch your Back” is an anthem about not going back, presumably to a toxic ex or past experience.
The album has the smooth nonchalance of West Coast punk bands, a beach-psychedelia diversion from the typical sound of the Coathangers, whose name alludes to an abortion practice. Recording in L.A. became integral to “Nosebleed Weekend,” Luke said.
“L.A. and Atlanta have two very different vibes. L.A. is a little bit more polished, a bit laxer … we still have some punky ideas and nuances on the new album, but I think the California vibe had an influence,” Luke said.
And that catchy title? It’s about karma.
“If you don’t shut your mouth, maybe you’re going to get punched in the nose, and maybe if you don’t stop partying as much as you’re partying, you’re going to be bleeding from the face. It has a ‘retribution’ [connotation] to it. If you do too much of anything you could end up with a Nosebleed Weekend,” Luke said.
“Nosebleed Weekend” is also about what they’ve learned as they’ve gotten older. They are still three best friends who started a band for fun when they were 25. But after 10 years, the band’s mission has evolved.
“It started as just us messing around, and now it’s a business. It’s who we are as humans. We just want more, we’re hungry for more,” Luke said.
As for the Seattle show, Luke says concertgoers should plan to call into work the next day.
“We’re going to tear it up as always and you never know — sometimes we bring props. Maybe we’ll come up with something weird,” Luke said. “Expect the unexpected.”