The Whore Moans 

Hello From the Radio Wasteland

The band’s name is both a pun and a complete sentence, and the lyrics aren’t illiterate either, but any band that calls itself The Whore Moans is risking ridicule. And yet, I have to admit it sends a pretty clear message to a certain segment of the population. It says, “Don’t invite your parents.” It says, “Hello, youth of America.” If you’ve been to a rock show in the last 10 years, this is a band name that says, “High-energy old-school punk, boy-heavy melodic punk, or super dirty rock.” In this case, expect all three.

Hello From the Radio Wasteland features several big-bragging Detroit-influenced dirty rock songs somewhere between The Murder City Devils and our own International Playboys, and an equal number of hard-strumming punk ballads. “Dead Man’s Drink” is pure Dropkick Murphys while “Here Comes America” has all the elements of a great Rancid song, including location markers like “in Montana on a highway heading east.”

This band pulls out all the stops and uses all the right licks, but they are still settling on a sound. Ask not, in other words, for whom the whore moans. They’re not sure yet, but they’ve got a pretty solid segment of the population picked out, and you all know who you are. Right?

The Whore Moans play the Badlander Saturday, April 18, at 9 PM, with The Bismarck, Deny the Dinosaur? and Victory Smokes. $5.
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