When it came time for Atlanta all-female punk band the Coathangers to shoot a video for "Follow Me," the lead single from their upcoming fourth album Suck My Shirt, they could've shot a low-budget, DIY video of themselves lip-syncing to the stomping, post-punk track and moved on. Instead, the group responsible for "Don't Touch My Shit" and "Nestle in My Boobies" asked longtime friends Mastodon to don wigs and dresses, while the Coathangers themselves only make a minor appearance.
"We've known some of the Mastodon guys for years and practice at the same place," the band tells Rolling Stone. "[Vocalist/guitarist] Brent [Hinds] was even at our very first record release show back in 2007. Atlanta definitely has a big city/small town feel."
In the video, the Atlanta metal quartet mock-lick their lips and make coy glances at the camera. Hinds gets into the role, deep throating the microphone, tweaking his nipple and stroking his microphone between his legs. There is also an accordion-playing horse because why not.
"We got in contact with Brent and the rest was pure magic," the band says. "The shoot was one of the most amazing experiences we've ever had as a band! It was surreal to say the least to see them in DRAG miming to OUR SONG! I mean seriously mind-blowing!"
But Mastodon hasn't completely forsaken music for acting. Last year, the group's drummer Brann Dailor told Rolling Stone that the band's as-yet-untitled sixth album was "pretty much ready now" and that the band was trimming down the album from nearly 20 songs.
"It's gonna be massive and insane, lots of epic greatness," he said. "There will be lots of huge riffs and new directions. It's real weird, real math-y, real straightforward. It's up, down and all around. It's a culmination of everything for the band. The snowball keeps rolling and collecting snow."
The Coathangers are prepping for the March 18th release of Suck My Shirt, the trio's new album whose title, as the band notes, refers to "the salvaging of spilled tequila during the recording session for the album."