The first time I heard about The Coathangers was after I had been ranting to a friend about how I wanted to start a band but felt like it was too late and that I just wasn’t good enough. She explained to me how (as the story goes) the members of The Coathangers felt the need to start a band and make music even though they could barely play their instruments. They just wanted to be in a band, make music, have fun, and take control of that fear that restricts so many femme musicians from taking the stage.

Their story is the first thing that made me fall in love with them. I know I am not the first person to be afraid to start a band, because I have not dedicated my whole life learning difficult chords on the guitar or taking classes learning the classics on the piano. Their story shows that you don’t need to have spent your whole life dedicating yourself to playing music, you just have to have love for music and an urge to make it. Though, supportive friends are always a good thing to have as well.

The first time I saw The Coathangers was at 2015’s Burger-A-Go-Go pre-party; knowing their story, seeing them now, you see that they are still having fun on that stage. As they rotate vocals and instruments and make you listen and make you laugh and make you feel like, Hey, maybe I could start a band too. You can feel that by seeing them live at The Independent on August 19.

The Coathangers, Death Valley Girls, LA Witch, Dirty Ghosts
The Independent SF
August 19, 2016
8:30pm, $15 (21+)