Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
Share New Video for “Talk 2 Her” via Funny or Die
New S/T LP Out July 28, 2017 on Burger & Dine Alone Records
Image: Screenshot from “Talk 2 Her” Video
Good power-pop records—the ones that capture the spirit of the genre’s forebears—are tough to come by but Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs very much hold their own. The vocals here are alternately gruff and nasal. An organ simmers in the background and guitar solos offer quick hits of traction. There are handclaps and supremely solid hooks….This is the sound of dirtbags having fun and falling in love.
Exploring adolescent nostalgia with a Ramones-like spirit…the band vocal achieve maximum catchiness while still brimming with punkish angst.
– Consequence of Sound
Gloriously bombastic power-pop and shred-happy punk
Though that band name sounds ultra-tough, I assure you they have more in common with Replacements or Reigning Sound. Power-pop through and through, with melodic vocals powering a punk-y, Americana aesthetic that is fun, hummable and definitely repeatable.
Toronto’s Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs have released an illustrated video for their song “Talk 2 Her” via Funny or Die. The video was illustrated by Marty Cooper (aka Hombre McSteez) best known for his acclaimed Aug(De)mented Reality Youtube series, and directed by Shawn Kosmerly. “Talk 2 Her” is from the band’s upcoming self-titled Burger and Dine Alone Records debut. The album is currently available for pre-order.
Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs just wrapped a month-long tour with Dine Alone Records label mates The Flatliners and The Dirty Nil, and will play more dates this June as well as future summer dates which will be announced soon. Full details can be found below.
Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs have been working on this LP for almost two years. Their previous album, Gates of Hell, released on Oakland punk/garage label Southpaw Records (Ty Segall, Young Guv), received praise from outlets like Pitchfork, Spin and Noisey, and saw the band tour extensively, playing with Red Kross, Black Lips and Screaming Females, and becoming regulars in DIY scenes up and down the East Coast, but for their follow up the band sought to build upon the lo-fi aesthetic of their earlier releases and push themselves beyond their garage roots. They began working with producer Alex Bonenfant (METZ, Crystal Castles), who brought them into a proper studio for the first time, and they embraced their abiding love for, and near encyclopedic knowledge of 70’s power pop, in the process honing a potent brand of guitar music that draws influence from a broad swath of the genre’s history.
It’s a sound that at once revels in a rough and anarchic feel, best exemplified by Coffey’s untamed wail of a singing voice, while displaying a deft approach to songwriting and arrangement, collecting and repurposing ideas gathered from bands like Cheap Trick, Dwight Twilley, Teenage Fanclub, The Cars, Thin Lizzy, The Undertones, and The Exploding Hearts, in the service of songs about teenage isolation, petty criminality and escape, rooted in an unshakeable faith in honesty, love and the transformative powers of pop music. It’s an ambitious record, and one where obvious care has been taken to refine every element of the finished product, but it’s an ambition that even on the 9+ minute epic medley that makes up much of the record’s second side, never edges into pretension or obscures the band’s irrepressible enthusiasm. Despite their maturation this is still, as Pitchfork’s Evan Minsker said of their previous release, “the sound of dirtbags having fun and falling in love.”
01) Talk 2 Her
06) I: Ragnarock
07) II: Teenage Release
08) III: PhD
09) You Don’t Have To Be Nice
June 17 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace