Tuesday 25 February 2014

VIDEO PREMIÈRE: Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons - Athens

Single review by soul1@thesoundofconfusion.com

When Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons sing the line"I've got more secrets than a girl can keep" you're left in little doubt that the truth is being told. Writing songs that deal with life experience and possible advice for people can sometimes seem a little world-weary, not to mention self-important. On 'Athens', the new video from the band's album 'Hey Kid', you find yourself becoming absorbed in the lyrics and find that Angela Perley would be the kind of friend you'd like to have for guidance. There may be a certain world-weariness at times, but it's so honest that you hang on every word. There are few lyricists who can do this so well. "You think you know me, but everything fades... I don't know if I'm coming back this way". It's almost as though the lesson is to let go of the past, focus on the future, and that way you'll find more freedom and not be tied to previous experiences that may have left scars.

All this before we even get to the music; a quite stunning and at times breathtaking alt-country/rock song that's flooded with passion that oozes from the instrumentation as much as the lyrics. The guitars sound great, and at a time when this genre seemed at saturation point, coming up with something of this calibre is no mean feat. Interspersed with live footage, the video also shows a journey, as Perley is seen walking through alleyways, down steps and onto military graveyards; it's everything you'd hope and expect from Americana of this standard. Forget any notions of musty old music and whiskey drinking old boys with slide-guitars, this may be rooted in tradition, but it's also thoroughly modern sounding and the writing is perfect. From the subtlety of the voice with minimal backing to the explosion of sound when the band erupt for the chorus, even those with little interest in this genre of music will struggle not to fall for this one.

Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons' website

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Catch them live:

Mar 07 Brothers Drake Meadery, Columbus, OH US
Mar 14 Cedars West End, Youngstown, OH US
Mar 21 Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park, Northfield, OH US
Mar 27 World of Beer- Brewery District, Columbus, OH US
Apr 12 Boyd's Jig and Reel Pub, Knoxville, TN US
Apr 18 Alexandrias, Findlay, OH US
Apr 19 Park Street Tavern, Columbus, OH US
Apr 25 Lincoln Theatre, Columbus, OH US
Apr 26 Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park, Northfield, OH US
May 02 Weasel Boy Brewing Company, Zanesville, OH US
May 17 Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta, Atlanta, GA US
Jun 07 Park Street Festival- Time TBA, Columbus, OH US
Jun 08 Granville Concerts of the Green, Granville, OH US
Jun 12 The Hideaway Saloon, Louisville, KY US
Jun 13 MOTR Pub, Cincinnati, OH US
Jun 20 Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival, Gahanna, OH US
Jun 29 Worthington Concerts on the Villiage Green, Worthington, OH US
Jul 10 Upper Arlington Concert Series, Upper Arlington, OH US
Jul 11 Gahanna Summer Concert Series, Gahanna, OH US
Jul 13 Scioto Park Music Series, Dublin, OH US
Jul 19 Ohio Brisket Picnic & Bullride at The Hills Market (acoustic), Columbus, OH US
Sep 14 Marysville Public Library (semi-acoustic show), Marysville, OH US

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