Band of the Week: Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons

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Meet the Band: Angela Perley (songs, dobro, harmonica, vocals, and musical saw), Chris Connor (lead guitar), Billy Zehnal (bass) and Steve Rupp (drums)

College Rock: Perley, who grew up in Hilliard, started writing songs when she was still in high school and initially put together an all-girl pop-punk band. Then, while attending college at Ohio University in Athens, she began to develop an alt-country bent. "I started to form my sound," she says. "I listened to a lot of music." She did back-up singing and played electric violin in the folk-rock band Vintage Green. "That broke the ice for me," she says. "I thought maybe I could play on my own." She put the Columbus-based alt-country act Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons together in 2009.

She's a Little Bit Country: A big fan of Patsy Cline, Perley grew up listening to classic country but didn't go back to that music until later. "I didn't start to get back into that until college," she says when asked about her influences. "In high school, I was listening to rock 'n' roll. I love rock 'n' roll."

Why You Should Hear Them: The band's hard rocking new single, "Hurricane," sounds like a cross between Joan Jett and Patsy Cline. It's the lead track from the forthcoming full-length debut, Hey Kid. "It's a rock record but it has country roots influences," she says of the album. "It sounds a lot rawer. We tracked everything live and kept a lot of the drums and bass and added rhythm parts and vocals. It's polished but has a raw feel to it. The record is different for us. We could have done a live album but it was fun to put some special effort into it. All the songs got a lot of care."

Where You Can Hear Them:

Where You Can See Them: Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons perform with the Womack Family Band and the Middle Rats at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Beachland Tavern.

About The Author

Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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