The Coathangers Pay Tribute To The Girl Groups Before Them On “Down Down”

Photographed by Jeff Forney

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The Coathangers aren't your regular punk band. This group of Atlanta-based cool girls started making music as a pet project. But with much dedication, their sound and ambitions grew well beyond playing house shows for their closest friends. Ten years after the band's inception, The Coathangers have released their fifth album, Nosebleed Weekend, and their punk venture has become more artful than ever. 

Today, we are premiering the music video for "Down Down," a grungy song off of the band's most recent release. By fusing the track's guitar-driven rhythm with a geometric light show and effortlessly cool style, the Matt Odom-directed video encapsulates the band's artistry. 

"The concept and styling of the video is a nod to the amazing 'girl groups' of the '60s," lead singer, Julia Kugel, says. "We are always categorized as a 'girl band' instead of just a 'band,' so for this video, it felt good to embrace that and at the same time acknowledging the strong talented women that paved the way for women in our industry."

When the song briefly changes in time signature, the video erupts in a scene of rock and roll chaos. As the crowd embraces the band's liberatory lyrics, "Don't worry, I don't need you at all," sonically and visually, the scene embodies just how far The Coathangers and all women in music have come. 

Nosebleed Weekend is out now on Suicide Squeeze Records. Watch their entire video, below. 

Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video)

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.


"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."