Tuesday, 4 October 2016
October #9 - The Coathangers
9. The Coathangers - Springfield Cannonball
I'm always excited when I find a post-2010 CD in the charity shop, especially if it looks vaguely alternative (i.e. it's not some X-Factor reject). If it's a quid fifty or less, I'll generally take a punt, even if I've never heard of the artist.
I was vaguely aware of the Coathangers; I'd noticed their latest album on emusic a couple of months before finding their 2014 disc Suck My Shirt (from which this track hails) in the local hospice shop. Turns out they've been around for a while: this was their 4th long player.
Because I buy a lot of music in charity shops (and far too much to ever listen to properly... maybe when I retire!), I often cherry pick tracks to create in-car compilations of new stuff. This was the random selection I chose and it'll definitely lead me to give the rest of the album more time... when things quieten down on the new release front (see my last post).
To me, the Coathangers sound like all the best (American) punk girl bands: the Runaways, the Go-Gos, the Donnas, L7, et al. Plus they look like the sort of band April from Parks & Recreation would love. Springfield Cannonball may be sound & fury signifying nothing... but sometimes, that's all you need in the car on the way to work...