Friday, July 15, 2011

David Lynch and Interpol

When is a Friday Night Video not a video?  Apparently, when auteur and TM affectionado David Lynch is involved.  Lynch created an animated character called The Red Button Man, and the band Interpol showed it during a live performance of their song Lights, which they usually perform under red lights.  It seemed to somehow all fit together, so they made a short clip of the two together.  The band points out, however, that this is not a video for the song. Whatevs.

Meanwhile, Atlanta post-punk favorite and former Friday Night Video champions the Coathangers are winning New York City over.

Their June 24 set at Brooklyn's 285 Kent was recently presented by NYTaper, who noted,
"If there’s a really an identifiable punk/garage 'ethic', the Coathangers do it right. The band plays their instruments with abandon, writes songs that tell it straight, and at their wild live shows, they don’t hold anything back or pull any punches. At their most recent NYC show a couple of weeks back at DIY venue 285 Kent, the Coathangers played a beyond-punk-length set that was extraordinarily entertaining for all the right reasons. Their energy, sense of humor, and apparent disregard for convention was evident from the outset — Johnny is a screaming punk song that set the tone that continued throughout songs like Gettin Mad and Pumpin Iron, Nestle in My Boobies and early 7″ release Shake Shake. In between, the band performed much of their brand new release Larceny & Old Lace (Suicide Squeeze). As they were faced with an opening set deadline, the band continued to play through house music and ultimately when the microphone power was cut, performed the last song completely off-mic. It didn’t seem to matter though, as the massive crowd participation propelled the Coathangers to the finish."
The Journal of Record also covered the show and featured a very hot photo of drummer Stephanie Luke in their review.  The review stated:
The Coathangers, four women from Atlanta, play frenzied, lighthearted and sometimes thrilling punk, full of carousing and snotty attitude. Larceny & Old Lace (Suicide Squeeze), the group’s third album, bashes on for a scratchy 30 minutes, with most of the songs building to a quick swell, and staying there, loudly. There are a couple of breaks in mood, like the bluesy Well Alright, and Go Away, one of the album’s sweeter, more wistful tracks . . . The group’s energy was just cresting when its allotted time was up, so the band members squeezed out a few more songs, switching instruments and places on stage four times, and spraying the crowd with beer. At the end Meredith Franco, the bass player, who’d been the quietest until that point, jumped out into the crowd and sang while barreling around. It was rowdy, but routine.
Way to go, ladies.  Nice work.

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