There is something magnetic, vulnerable, dangerous, and electric about Angela Perley that has been causing buzz around the artist and her band The Howlin’ Moons. Perley’s four-piece band features longtime friends Billy Zehnal and Chris Connor, on bass and lead guitar, and a stable of drummers, rotating in and out when the group is on the road. The band’s live shows ooze with swaggering baselines and guitar riffs and their songs range from dreamy reverb-laden crooners to roots rock anthems.
Ona, West Virginia is a small sliver of unincorporated ridges, creeks, and floodplains stretching from Route 60 up almost to the Ohio River. Ona makes songs that take place in these spaces. Bradley Jenkins and Zack Owens write about longing, resentment, searching, and waiting. Zach Johnston, Max Nolte, and P.J. Woodard back them with music that pulses, buzzes, echoes, and rolls.