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Angela perley and the howlin' moons

Angela Perley is an old soul. Suspended somewhere between Carnaby Street and Haight Ashbury she's a "mod" in a modern world. Fashion, vocal sound, stage presence and songwriting converge in a mid-century mash up with a traditional rootsy feel and an indie rock grab-you-by-the-horns overtone. She's the full package and then some. Not lost in the shuffle is the backing  of The Howlin' Moons Chris Connor on guitar and Billy Zehnal on bass who have driven the magic bus since it's inception some 9 years ago. You could time travel this band back to any one of a thousand 60's era Psychedelic Rock shows and they would blend in like wall paper. The only difference is that by now they would have long been a staple among the bands that ruled the earth in the mid to late 60's. They would probably have rocked Woodstock. From the opening notes you know you are witnessing something special with this band because, well, you are! The band is tight and while being guitar driven they let these songs breathe and develop without overpowering and avoiding the urge to overplay them. When you have a presence like Angela Perley fronting the stage...stay back, she's got this.

Angela Perley's songwriting can get a bit cryptic. The songs float between love, loss, people along the way and places experienced on the road well traveled. Sometimes you can derive the obvious meanings and sometimes she just leaves the sentences broken so the listener can figure out for themselves what these songs mean to them.  If she's met you along the way chances are a little bit of you has rubbed off and found it's way into her psyche. She's a damn good songwriter too, the band's first big song “Athens,” earned Perley an International Songwriting Award in 2014.

The songs that make up the Angela Perley and The Howlin' Moons repertoire are more than just one member's vision. This is a band, a family, they create as a group around the front center of the stage but it's a group effort from the start to the applause. Chris Connor is a beast on guitar and his influences are deeply rooted into his sound. From Pink Floyd to Led Zeppelin to Bakersfield twang. Connor and Zehnal avoid flash in favor of letting Angela take that role but either one could step out and torch the stage at any moment. They're young, on the rise and a force to be reckoned with.

Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons

Angela Perley - vocals, guitar, saw

Chris Connor - guitar, backing vocals

Billy Zehnal - bass, backing vocals

Jake Levy - drums

The Session Crew

Produced and edited by:
Bill Hurley

Cameras:
Maribeth Arena

Bill Hurley
H. Nat Stevens
Joanne Craig

Audio:
Eric Nordstrom
Connor Quigley

Mixed by:
Connor Quigley

Lighting/Special Effects:
Rick Smith

Stage Production:
Gerry Earabino

Photos:
Dan Busler Photography