PREMIERE: Go Behind The Scenes At Valentine Studios With The Coathangers

9 March 2016 | 3:48 pm | Staff Writer

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Atlanta-based three-piece The Coathangers are only a few weeks out from releasing their fifth studio full-length, Nosebleed Weekend and, ahead of its local and international release, the band have generously bestowed us with the Australian premiere of a very cool behind-the-scenes look at their recent stint at California's historic Valentine Recording Studios.

The Coathangers are the first band to record at Valentine since the 1960s; originally opened at its current location in 1963, the studios sprang back to life last year after a more-than-35-year closure that began in 1979.

"It's like walking back in time," band member Minnie Coathanger says in the video. "It's pretty amazing."

"It's so comfortable here; I feel like I'm at my grandpa's place or something," cohort Rusty Coathanger adds.

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Already, the gorgeously presented studio has welcomed favourites such as Leon Bridges, Night Beats, Jesse Hughes, Grace Mitchell and more since its reopening, but they're far from the first big names to walk through the door.

"Bing Crosby was here and, like, the Beach Boys and, like, Frank Zappa," Rusty explains of the acts that came before them, a laundry list that also includes the likes of pianist and composer Stan Kenton and folk luminary Burl Ives.

A particularly fascinating aspect — which the members discuss with glee in the video — is the studios' adherence to analogue recording techniques, eschewing the bells and whistles of the digital movement for the warmer, albeit more finicky, sounds of old tape decks when putting together the songs for their new album.

Nosebleed Weekend will be released in Australia on 22 April via Smack Face Music. Pre-orders are available now.