Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons
Armed with electric guitars, swooning vocals, and songs that split the difference between rock & roll and dreamy psychedelia, Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons pack the biggest punch of their career with Homemade Vision.
Like the band’s debut, Hey Kid — an album whose kickoff track, “Athens,” earned Perley an International Songwriting Award in 2014 — Homemade Vision was recorded in the Howlin’ Moons’ hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Many of the songs were dreamt up somewhere along the highways and backroads that crisscross America, though, coaxed into life by a group of roots-rock road warriors who regularly play more than 100 shows a year. As a result, Homemade Vision is the sort of wide-ranging record that creates its own geography, building an imaginary place where the influences of David Gilmour, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, and Nebula all intersect.
It’s also the work of a genuine band. Chris Connor’s guitar playing — a flurry of fuzz, crunch, twang and bang — occupies just as large a role as Perley’s voice, while Billy Zehnal’s bass — coupled with cymbal crashes and snare hits from an arsenal of heavy-hitting drummers — glues the mix together. Inspired by love, heartbreak, and everything in between, Homemade Vision is a battle cry from a band that’s spent years fighting the good fight, carving out their own brand of atmospheric, aggressive Americana along the way.
The Backyard Committee
Hi there. We are The Backyard Committee. We’re a roots rock indie jam band based in the pizza capital of the world, New Haven, Connecticut. For our sound, we strive for a Europe ‘72 kinda warmth, a wild-mercury-flavored Blonde on Blonde intensity, and a Bee Thousand-style recklessness. We’re not so into click tracks, samples, auto-tune or any kind of heavy processing. We are into loose arrangements and slightly out-of-tune guitars.
Our lineup changes from one show to the next, by design. Each member is encouraged to add his or her personal voice to the mix. The human element is very important to us, and we’d rather make mistakes in the pursuit of something out of reach than play it safe.
We exist for fellow music nerds who don’t like over-editing — on the records we enjoy most, the mistakes are our favorite parts.
We’re from New England, and we think the sound of our geography comes across in our music. We love where we live, and it’s part of who we are.
Our favorite shows to play are outdoor festivals, extended club dates and secret psychedelic parties in the woods.