What: The Coathangers, with Sad Girl

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Drive, Bend

Cost: $15 plus fees in advance, $18 at the door

Contact: volcanictheatre.com or 541-323-1881

Editor’s note: This show has been canceled due to unsafe travel conditions from the snow storm. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Before she set foot onstage, Stephanie Luke learned the ropes of the music industry from backstage.

The future drummer and vocalist for Atlanta punk band The Coathangers worked as a tour manager from roughly 2002 to 2004. Through this experience, Luke learned about music publishing and licensing, as well as how to live on the road, including “how to take a shower at the Walmart bathroom, how to poop in public and how to figure out a healthy meal when you’re only stopping at gas stations,” she revealed during a recent interview with GO! Magazine.

She learned pretty quickly that the music business isn’t always the friendliest place for women.

“It was a super boys’ club back then, super boys’ club,” Luke said from her home in Atlanta, about a week before hitting the road with The Coathangers for its first tour in support of upcoming sixth album, “The Devil You Know.” The band will stop at Volcanic Theatre Pub on Tuesday.

“I took these guys on a Warped Tour, and we had to build the stage every day — they were the lowest of the low. But there was maybe four other chicks that were on that tour, and they were all merch or — there wasn’t hardly any females in that boys’ club. It was really surprising the s--- that would come out of some dude’s mouth. And I’m like, I’m not here to be your groupie; I’m here to work. At the same time, I think it thickened my skin up a little bit, too.”

It wasn’t long before Luke realized she would rather be in a band.

“After I found out that I didn’t want to do that, I came back to Atlanta, and me and the girls started the band,” Luke said. “I was like, ‘I don’t know how to play drums, but I can figure it out.’ I also saw a lot of dudes (in bands) who didn’t know how to play drums, but they were still playing, and I was like, ‘Well, if he can do it, I can do it.’”

The Coathangers — Luke, bassist Meredith Franco and guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel — debuted at a house party in Atlanta in 2006. Through hard touring, the trio (originally a quartet with keyboardist Candice Jones, who left in 2013) earned a rabid fan base and refined their initial, rudimentary attack, adding elements of ’60s pop and surf-rock to its arsenal over the course of five studio albums.

While Luke said that things have gotten “much better” for women in the rock world in the 13-plus years The Coathangers have been touring, the music industry is very often still that boys’ club she described from her years as a tour manager. For her, the solution to sexism (or racism, or any -ism plaguing music) is simple.

“Just be all-inclusive! Just have your club be all-inclusive,” Luke said. “Let’s all just get along and have a good time, you know? It just seems so simple to me, but sometimes, it’s not, and I don’t understand why. It’s so easy to be nice; it’s so easy to have a good time; it’s so easy to include people. Just don’t be a dick.”

That message seems to have informed “The Devil You Know,” as well. The record, due out in March, continues with some of the righteous anger found on 2017 EP “Parasite,” and like that EP was inspired heavily by the current political and social landscape in the U.S.

“I don’t understand how people can’t be angry right now. With all the s--- that’s going on, like, who’s not paying attention?” Luke said. “There’s so much to be pissed off about and upset about. We’ve tried not to be too political in the past because we want people to think for themselves, and we’re not trying to push our agenda on anyone, but this time around, it was just like, you know, we can say whatever the hell we want and if you want to listen, cool. … I don’t know if it’s so much about anger as it is just awareness, and just being aware of what’s happening and just having a voice to voice our opinion on that.”

Kugel does just that on “F the NRA,” one of two singles released from the album. As the name suggests, the song — a blistering, two-minute slab of punk fury — takes on the gun-control debate, and was released with a video that includes some harrowing statistics about gun violence (some examples: 323 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2018, 288 school shootings in the U.S. since 2009).

“Julia wrote all the lyrics to that, and she did it in such a beautiful way I think,” Luke said. “Because it is a sticky subject, and we were even nervous to even put that song on the album because we didn’t want people to get the wrong impression.”

The album’s other lead single, “Bimbo,” described by Kugel in a news release as “a bittersweet note on love, self preservation, and letting go,” takes a more subtle approach, alternating quiet verses sung by Kugel with explosive choruses sung by Luke. It’s one of the more sonically expansive songs in the band’s catalog, and reflects the continuing work the band did with producer Nic Jodoin, who also produced the band’s previous full-length, 2016’s “Nosebleed Weekend.”

“He’s always pushing us to think about the song differently and pushing us to do better,” Luke said. “As far as I’m concerned, I can never know enough about drums; I could never know enough about being a better drummer or a better songwriter or a better lyricist. It’s just great to have someone kind of push you, but not in a bad way, in a good way.”

The trio recorded the album in roughly two weeks, once again working in the same Long Beach, California, studio where they recorded “Nosebleed Weekend.” Whereas most of the songs on that album were written by Kugel, “The Devil You Know” was more collaborative.

“As silly as it sounds, we were just vibing off of each other really hard,” Luke said. “Everything was just coming along, and it was just fun to do. We didn’t put any pressure on ourselves on this one, and we just had a good time just hanging out and jamming out and figuring it out.”

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