13 Questions with Angela Perley
Band: Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons.
Birthplace: Hilliard, Ohio.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Quirky, Loving, Observant
1. What motivated you to play music?
I deeply admired female artists like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, June Carter, and Wanda Jackson when I was young. My first band was in high school and was heavily motivated by listening to a ton of The Donnas records in my car and room at full blast. As soon I started listening to women that rocked I wanted to do it myself and I guess I’ve always been a ham and spent a lot of time in theater and making plays before I started performing music. Taught myself three chords on guitar got a girl trio together that we named the “The Frankies”- pop punk from Hilliard with our name as an ode to Frank Sinatra. I guess I have always enjoyed the contrast of classic and modern.
2. What are some of your favorite Columbus bands/musicians?
So many talented Columbus bands… don’t want to leave anyone out so gonna pass on this one.
3. What’s the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you while on stage?
Luckily, nothing too crazy yet- mainly just a few times when my mic has cut out for a while because of sound problems or when there is loud feedback/sound problems, in general it’s always embarrassing and frustrating. A couple strong wind gusts have carried my dresses upward and that is always a little weird- but starting to not phase me- I embrace it now and always try to wear undergarments that aren’t going to show off too much if something crazy happens and my clothes tear off or something. Haha- got to prepare for the worse wardrobe malfunctions, right? One time I put the wrong harmonica on during a song and couldn’t figure it out till the second verse. That’s it so far..
4. Where is the oddest place you’ve ever performed at?
Had a lot of pretty interesting small dive bar experiences.. but probably the oddest place was in Southern Ohio at a horse ranch during a state-wide power outage. The owner had tried to cancel the show but all the phone lines were down and he couldn’t get a hold of me and felt bad turning us away so said we could still perform if we wanted to. We managed to hook our gear up to a pool generator by their clubhouse and at the beginning of the gig it looked like a ghost town. Was basically just us and the owner. Slowly but surely people from some of the cabins and nearby town heard our music through the woods and found their way to where we were playing. Turned into a huge dance party and a really memorable show for us.
5. Which musicians have influenced your style?
Classics have been Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson, The Carter Family, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin. More modern artists have been Lucinda Williams, Iris Dement, Jack White, The Black Keys, Holly Golightly, and Jenny Lewis.
6. Give us your best groupie story.
I signed a guy’s head for the first time in Cleveland a couple months ago- that was a first. Also we’ve had a couple women and men flash us before at shows.
7. How do you get yourself psyched up to play a show?
Lately the band and I have been cruising to shows screaming along to Black Sabbath and the Heartless Bastards… so magical- gets us fired up instantly. Whiskey, vodka tonics, beer, boots, dresses, and hats get me in the zone as well.
8. If you could perform a duet with a famous female artist, who would it be and which song?
It would be a dream come true to perform a duet with Wanda Jackson, and any song would do.
9. What is your “guilty pleasure band”?
No Doubt/Gwen Stefani and Lana Del Rey.
10. What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever done in life?
Not sure about the most courageous thing I’ve ever done, but I have always stood up for what is right. I’ve called out bullies and liars on their actions and backwards politics and have no problem facing people like that.
11. Ever been in a catfight? Who landed the final scratch?
Never been in a catfight. Have always tried to take the bigger road on that one, but have to admit I’ve had several extravagant dreams about kicking someone’s ass. Avoiding and ignoring catty women in general helps me stay sane and turning that frustration into music is an even better outlet.
To just be yourself and not to think too much about your music. I think it is essential to never over think about the music you make or to have a particular audience in mind for your songs- the key is to be in the moment and to express yourself and to be true to that and in the end that is happiness and success. Expression is a gift and we all have our own unique road.
13. Name a secret about yourself that not even your mother knows.
My mother knows all.
Now, just listen.
You can catch Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons at one of the upcoming shows:
Oct. 5th Apple Pie Mead release at Brothers Drake Meadery. 10pm.
Oct. 12th Duck Creek Fall Jam in the Hocking Hills. 6pm-7pm.
Oct. 12th at Casa Cantina in Athens. 10pm.
Oct. 18th at Rumba for Midwest Dissenters CD Release show w/Nick D’ & The Believers. 10pm.
Oct. 25th at Skully’s for CD102.5FM’s Hauntober Showcase w/Carlin Guthrie & The Girls! 9pm.
April Kulcsar was born in Cleveland but grew in Columbus. She loves music, people, and people who make music. Turn her on to something new, and she’ll return the favor.