Minnie Coathanger talks up new EP from Atlanta’s curse-heavy scream popsters
It has been a decade since The Coathangers dropped their self-titled debut record, and with each passing year the band continue to mold their grimy, hook-based rock into something more fleshy. On their new EP, Parasite, the band looks both to its beginnings and its newest material to create a record that is both fresh and classic.
Parasite finds The Coathangers once again making their curse-heavy brand of scream pop, only with finer-tuned songwriting. The record was recorded in their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia last December, and finds the band both angry and soulful, making music that spans from punk to ballad.
ARTISTdirect caught up with Meredith Coathanger to discuss the band’s new EP, to find out what’s the next step on their journey, and to learn just how they plan to get there.
Hello – Please introduce yourself.
Hi! I’m Meredith (Minnie) bassist for The Coathangers.
Where are you right now?
I am currently at my lovely home in Atlanta GA.
Please name your fellow band members and their roles… oh, and who has the best dance moves?
Julia (Crook-Kid) Stephanie (Rusty)
I personally think we are all very good dancers!
Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
Our new EP Parasite is released in 2 days! June 30th. We wrote it in December here and Atlanta and recorded at The Living room recording studios. There is no candy…but one side is etched.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
I don’t have any new friends…but I would probably have met them at one of our shows…so I wouldn’t have to describe it!
How did you first meet, and where exactly did you become a band?
Julia and Stephanie went to high school together. Meredith and Julia worked together. We became a band in Julia’s apartment in Atlanta.
Other than The Coathangers, what should your hometown be known for?
MLK Jr national historical site, Coca Cola, Outkast, Jimmy Carter…
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you (and that your relationship with it/them). Can we see a photo?
When I look up I see my kitchen…the first person I see is my boyfriend Jared. He is doing dishes because we just ate dinner.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
Julia and Stephanie inspired me still to this day to pursue music. I find music, especially ours, inspirational to me because it’s my life. It’s how I express myself.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
Just do it.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
Elvis Presley. 1968 Elvis in leather.
What song best sums up your life right now?
Beyoncé – “Sorry”
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
When we played Girls Rock Camp. It was the first day of camp and they told us the girls were shy and not to be surprised if they just sat there. But by the end of the show Julia had them screaming into the microphone and they were standing up and dancing. Still brings tears of joy to my eyes!
Take a moment to dream – Where do hope to be a year from now?
I hope to be doing exactly what I am right now. Doing what I love to do with people I love…Traveling the world.
What’s your next step towards that dream?