The Coathangers Scramble

The Coathangers Scramble
Garage punk femmes the Coathangers caused quite a buzz when their screechy self-titled debut came out on the Black Lips' Rob's House imprint in 2007. When they signed to Suicide Squeeze soon after, their first seven-inch for the label suggested they were growing up a little. Well, their long-awaited second full-length has arrived and for better or worse, the band have hardly grown up, still playing lo-fi post-punk with a tinge of garage. At times, as on "Stomp Stomp Stompin'" and "Bobby Knows Best," it feels like the girls are intentionally trying to annoy, but the anthemic punk rock of "Bury Me" and "Cheap Cheap" are a good reminder of their decent songwriting chops. Neither amazing nor terrible, Scramble is another middle ground release from this divisive band. (Suicide Squeeze)