Burger A Go Go Tour #1 – The Coathangers – Tickets – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA – February 27th, 2018

Burger A Go Go Tour #1 - The Coathangers

Casbah and Belly Up present

Burger A Go Go Tour #1 - The Coathangers

Death Valley Girls, The Flytraps, Feels

Tue, February 27, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Belly Up Tavern

Solana Beach, CA

$20 adv/$25 day of show/$35 reserved

This event is 21 and over

The Coathangers
The Coathangers
Be leery of any punk band with initial ambitions that go beyond just playing shows with their friends. Sure, great bands ascend beyond basements and handmade demos all the time, but the best acts start with little consideration for the outside world. The groups are their own insular worlds, where the reward comes from the process, not accolades and riches. And the bands that thrive on their own artistic satisfaction usually wind up being the bands that are able to grow beyond the donation jar into sustainable successful musical careers. Their charisma is contagious, their songs exist outside of fads, and their spirits can weather the inevitable ups and downs of life as touring musicians. Such is the case with the Atlanta trio The Coathangers.

When The Coathangers started up in 2006, their aspirations were humble. “I think all bands in their early twenties start for fun,” says guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel when talking about their early years of cheeky no-wave and irreverent garage rock. But Julia and her bandmates Meredith Franco (bass/vocals) and Stephanie Luke (drums/vocals) were serious about their craft, and that combination of modest outside expectations and absolute dedication to their music made for exhilarating live shows and contagious records. Ten years later, The Coathangers are still going strong, and while their palette has expanded over the years to touch upon hip-shakin’ classic rock, soulful country ballads, and golden oldies pop, their primary attack strategy still relies heavily on the jagged hooks and boisterous choruses of their formative years. Their fifth album Nosebleed Weekend retains all the devil-may-care magnetism and serrated instrumentation of their debut, but it flourishes with a decade’s worth of songwriting discipline and chemistry.

Nosebleed Weekend kicks off with “Perfume”, a song that marries sultry pop vocals with toothy guitar riffs in a manner that would make Ann and Nancy Wilson proud. It’s hard to imagine The Coathangers writing a song this accessible in their early years, but in 2016 it fits perfectly into their canon. From there the band launches into “Dumb Baby”, which harkens back to the gritty neo-garage rock of Murder City Devils. Longtime fans who still clamor for their brash post-punk angle will be immediately satiated by “Squeeki Tiki”. And after hearing the noisy loud-quiet-loud bombast of “Excuse Me?” it’s no wonder that Kim Gordon has become an outspoken fan of the band. It’s an eclectic album inspired by life on the road, lost loved ones, and Kugel’s recent move to Southern California. “We always say that each record is a snapshot of our life at the time,” Kugel says. “As far as style… it’s just what came out of us at that point.” So whether it’s the foreboding garage rock of the title track, the post-punk groove of “Burn Me”, the stripped-down pop of “I Don’t Think So”, or the dynamic grunge of “Down Down”, The Coathangers command their songs with passion and authority.

The biggest departure for Nosebleed Weekend was the recording process. While all their previous albums were recorded in Atlanta at The Living Room with Ed Rawls, their latest album found the band out in California’s North Hollywood at Valentine Recording Studios with Nic Jodoin. “The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby both recorded there!” Kugel says excitedly. “It was an amazing experience, not to mention a ghostly one too. The studio had been custom built by Jimmy Valentine and he was very protective of his passion. It sounds weird, but his spirit was there, checking in on us and fucking with us a bit.” Nosebleed Weekend was the first session at Valentine Recording Studios since Jimmy’s professional interests were diverted elsewhere in 1979. The studio doors were shut, capturing a time capsule of the LA music industry back in the ‘70s. Thinking back to the early years of The Coathangers, it’s hard to imagine the scrappy Southern ladies ever recording in a historic studio in the San Fernando Valley, but it’s a classic demonstration of what can happen when humble young punks stick to their guns..
Death Valley Girls
Death Valley Girls
Think of Death Valley Girls as an acid-tripping science experiment that’s been buried alive, and resurrected as a sexually liberated dystopian chain-gang. A cosmic scar, if you will, on the hills of Echo Park, where the experiment began in 2013 by proto-punk Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel — who got lost in the desert, returned to their haunted garage in Echo Park, and pieced together their vision with shopworn images of sexploitation babes, a blood-soaked Iggy Pop, and Bloomgarden’s series of phantasms, the result of spending a year in a mental institution, where she planned her neon-glowing odyssey by listening to Black Sabbath and UFO, reading about alien conspiracy theories, and deriving her band’s moral compass from a line she saw in a movie:

“Everybody’s gotta be in a gang,” from campy sexploitation romp Switchblade Sisters (1975).
Live reviews:

Janky Smooth (The Constellation Room opening for King Tuff)
"I was especially excited to see Feels. They've changed a lot over the last year, altering everything from their name and lineup to their sound and it has been for the better, on all counts. They've figured out a way to be melodic yet rough as well as musically talented but raw. Laena's voice is downright beautiful and she performs with so much elegance. She has a Bowie-esque grace on stage which she is able to compliment with some pretty filthy guitar work. When her and guitarist Shannon Lay trade off vocals during songs expect goosebumps. The new addition to the lineup and contributor to their new, heavier sound is bassist Amy Allen. She is fast and drivey and is a perfect fit for how Feels should sound. When the crowd overcame the initial awe, violence ensued and a night full of substantial moshing commenced. Feels are dynamic, original, talented and easy to bang your head to. An A+ for sure." (http://goo.gl/705tij)

The Los Angeles Times (Burger-a-go-go):
"A hallway away, the smaller Constellation Room offered glimpses of a dozen-plus upstarts. The most promising was Feels, a new Los Angeles quartet formerly known as Raw Geronimo. Led by the assured, often electrifying hum of two strumming guitarists -- singer-guitarist Laena Geronimo (formerly of the Like) and rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Shannon Lay -- Feels pushed forth heavy, hard punk with more swagger than many of the acts on the main stage." (http://goo.gl/xY8l99)

Lo-Pie (Honeypower Cell-Out):
"Feels was aggressive in both sound and attitude. A trio of women with a male drummer, Feels played as if they were in an arena of 10,000 people instead of a sweaty tiny room filled to capacity. First off let's take the "girl" out of girl power and call it like it is, just plain power. If a prefix is necessary to add to the power that Feels emanated on this night than "raw" might be more apt. Yes, I made an Iggy comparison." (http://goo.gl/8QT8de)

The East Sider LA (Echo Park Rising):
"On Saturday, I caught Feels' set, which was just beautifully dense, the type of performance that leaves your head ringing for hours." (http://goo.gl/mTTSfW)

Buzzbands live review (Echo Park Rising):
"Feels, the post-Raw Geronimo quartet fronted by Laena Geronimo, get better and better every time we see them, as do those songs from Raw Geronimo's 2013 album. They're really too good to get lumped in with all the interchangeable neo-girl-groupers/pseudo-riot grrls on certain labels; can't wait to hear what's next." (http://goo.gl/qodmA5)

Long Beach Independent (Alex's Bar):
"Opening the night were Feels, a new incarnation of prog-punkers (yes, I made that up), Raw Geronimo. They have dropped from a six piece to a four piece, with Laena Geronimo taking over the lead guitar as well as vocals. Paradoxically, the smaller format made their sound much denser. Much of that was due to Ms. Geronimo's more aggressive guitar style. Although they played much of the material from Raw Geronimo's Dream Fever album, they sounded like a different band, with the emphasis on guitar over their previous percussion sound. The result was a tighter, harder rocking, but still imaginative band." (http://goo.gl/QViB6N)

Feels is currently recording their first full-length record and playing a ton in the L.A. area.

in March '14 Raw Geronimo toured the Southwest and played the official Psych Fest showcase and Burger/Lolipop SXSW showcase, following a West Coast tour in Oct. 2013.

Raw Geronimo "Dream Fever" was released on cassette through Lolipop Records in May, 2014 (available at the shop or at http://lolipoprecords.com/shop/18925906)

and continues to be available on vinyl (limited edition clear) and digitally through Neurotic Yell Records (http://neuroticyellrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dream-fever)
Venue Information:
Belly Up Tavern
143 South Cedros Avenue
Solana Beach, CA, 92075-1963