The Coathangers (photo: Estefany Gonzalez)
Back with a brand new record, The Coathangers performed songs off the band’s new album, The Devil You Know, at the Independent in San Francisco and proved that at its core, the Atlanta trio hold the same fearlessness and outspoken attitude they’re known for. The first single “F the NRA” tackles one of the nations biggest issues— even if it means the song isn’t exactly radio-friendly.
With the alarming rate of gun violence plaguing our nation, public outcry has been more prevalent than ever and the push to amend gun regulations is at an all-time high, Disturbingly, last year was the worst on record for gun violence in schools with a nearly 60 percent increase since 2006. The year before wasn’t any better with a tragic Vegas shooting where a lone gunman killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 others attending a country music festival.
Somehow, the places we once considered the safest are now the topic of tragic news stories. And in those moments while the bottom floor of the venue chanted the chorus of “F the NRA,” we were reminded of the work a society have left to do, and the first step was chanting back.
Aside from new highlights off The Devil You Know (which is out today, Friday, March 8), the band also performed favorite classics like “Make it Right” and “Springfield Cannonball.” Click through our photo recap for a look back.