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Coachwhips performing at a reunion show at Total Trash Halloween Bash, in 2012.
Background information
Origin San Francisco, California, USA
Genres Garage rock
Noise rock
Years active 2001–2005, 2014
Labels Black Apple Records
Show and Tell Recordings
Narnack Records
Associated acts Pink and Brown
Thee Oh Sees
The Hospitals
Zeigenbock Kopf

Coachwhips was a garage rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 2001. The band consisted of John Dwyer (vocals, guitar), John Harlow (drums) and Mary Ann McNamara (keyboards, backing vocals, tambourine). In their second incarnation, Val (tronic) played keyboard/tambourine, and Matt Hartman (former guitarist for Cat Power, current drummer for Sic Alps) played drums.

Coachwhips are known for their stripped-down, unpolished garage rock and completely unintelligible lyrics, a sound that is similar to The Oblivians and The Gories.[1] Coachwhips played their last show in New York City in late 2005.

2014- The band announced that the original band will be reuniting for shows at South by Southwest in March 2014.

Band members[edit]

  • John Dwyer - guitar, vocals
  • John Harlow - drums (2002–2004)
  • Mary Ann McNamara - keyboards, tambourine, backing vocals (2002–2004)
  • Matt Hartman - drums (2004–2005)
  • Val(tronic) - keyboard, tambourine (2004–2005)



  • Split 7" with A Tension (Kimosciotic, 2003, KSR-006)
  • Split 7" with Trin Tran (Show And Tell Recordings, 2004, SAT 005)
  • Split 7" with Intelligence (Omnibus Records, 2005, omni036)


  • Hands On The Controls CD (Black Apple Records, 2002, 002)
  • Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine LP (Show And Tell Recordings, 2002, SAT 003)
  • Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine CD (Narnack Records, 2003, NCK 7002)
  • Bangers Versus Fuckers (Narnack Records, 2003, NCK 7009)
  • Peanut Butter And Jelly Live At The Ginger Minge LP/CD (Narnack Records, 2005, NCK 7024)
  • Double Death CD (Narnack Records, 2006) (a collection of rarities and b-sides, it also comes with a DVD showcasing their live shows.)
  • Hands on the Controls LP (Castle Face Records, 2013)


The band is known for their lo-fi sound, and to achieve this effect, the band uses a telephone transducer as a microphone.

In a 2005 interview with Slug Magazine Dwyer claimed most of the telephones are stolen from hotel rooms the band stays in on tour.

John Dwyer almost always plays a clear EGC DS. He runs both his guitar and Microphone into a 1-12 Music Man combo amp.


  • Evert. Coachwhips "". Accessed June 16, 2007.

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