A few weeks ago I mentioned that the review I wrote of Todd May’s Rickenbacker Girls didn’t make it into a magazine I write for. The review I wrote for Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons Nowhere is Now Here EP was also cut from the magazine due to space issues. This particular magazine only comes out twice a year so while the EP was released in November 2012, the review wouldn’t have run until November 2013. The band’s new album comes out in a few weeks, but I thought I’d get this review posted of the EP.

Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons – Nowhere is Now Here – (Vital Music)

Angela Perley

First time I heard Angela Perley – on an alt-rock radio station in Columbus, Ohio – I mistook “18 Feet Under” for one by crossover country star Miranda Lambert though the song didn’t have enough drinkin’, smokin’, or sleepin’ around lyrical references to fit the profile. The closest Perley gets on her debut is when she tells her man, in “County Fair”, that she’s a “good little girl but you bring out the bad in me” (she never does clarify what the “bad” is). This collection of songs sounds like they were conceived in the mountains but brought to life in a small coal-mining town. Guitarist Chris Connor lends some bluesy, Clapton-like riffs to many of the tracks and the pairing with Perley’s southern drawl works well.

Here’s “Hurricane” from the band’s upcoming release, Hey Kid, which will receive it’s official release on January 17 at Skully’s.