SAM COFFEY & THE IRON LUNGS
Tuesday November 9, 2021
Bridgeworks | 200 Caroline St. N., Hamilton, ON
Tickets: $15.99 (+SC/HST) adv. • 19+
Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs are a power pop band from Toronto. Formed by Coffey, a former mechanic’s apprentice from Kitchener, Ontario, with its members collected from various Ontario small towns, they rapidly ingratiated themselves with Toronto’s punk scene. The band released a stream of DIY singles before signing to Oakland punk/garage rock label Southpaw Records (Ty Segall, Young Guv) for their Gates of Hell LP in 2014, which received praise from outlets like Pitchfork, Spin and Noisey. Touring extensively and playing with bands like Redd Kross, Black Lips, Screaming Females and The Flamin’ Groovies, Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs have become regulars in DIY venues up and down the East Coast.
In 2017 the band signed to Dine Alone and Burger Records to release their self-titled album. Working with producer Alex Bonenfant (METZ, Crystal Castles) the album embraced Coffey’s abiding love for, and near encyclopedic knowledge of ’70s glam and power pop in the interest of evolving past the band’s garage roots. Showcasing a potent brand of guitar pop that draws influence from a broad swath of the genre’s history, including acts like Big Star, Dwight Twilley, Cheap Trick, Teenage Fanclub, Kiss, The Undertones and The Exploding Hearts, the album revels in a rough and anarchic feel, best exemplified by Coffey’s impassioned wail of a singing voice, while displaying a deft and at times sophisticated approach to songwriting and arrangement.
With the album the band found success on the radio for the first time, with their singles “Talk 2 Her”, “Tough”, and “First Time” charting on the rock and alternative charts. This success launched them into bigger venues across North America, burnishing their reputation as a thrilling live band while touring with Billie Joe Armstrong’s The Longshot, The Dirty Nil, The Flatliners, Frank Turner, and The Sheepdogs.
The Iron Lungs employ harmonized leads, call and response backing vocals and a seemingly endless supply of shout along choruses, as Coffey empathetically presents a collection of nostalgia-tinged dramas about teenage suburban isolation and escape rooted in an unshakeable belief in the transformative power of guitar music. As Coffey puts it, “honestly, I just wanna rock.”
New album Real One (released February 2021 on Dine Alone) is their first major release in three years and one that follows on the heels of singles “Back With The Gang”, “Gates Of Heaven”, and “What This City Needs”. Dominionated raves, “Real One finds the six-piece at the peak of their powers, delivering a raw, emotional, take-no-prisoners album destined for dive bars and arenas alike.”
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