Hell, yeah 

Partying like pirates with The Helligans

Great Falls is about as far from the ocean blue as it gets, but that doesn't stop The Helligans from rocking the "hillbilly pirate punk metal" genre. (This band may, in fact, be the only one in that genre.) I highly recommend you peruse The Helligans' site, at helligans.com, which features some mesmerizing flash animation and an incomprehensible band bio, written by singer Harry Pickle, that alludes to taking a crap in a parking lot outside a show, but does not seem to mention anything about the band. Also, the site navigation icons include brass knuckles, a gun and a gym sock, so you know The Helligans mean business.

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Anyhow, if all this sounds like something you can dig, then anticipate having a hell (ha!) of a time watching The Helligans. The band plays rockabilly and punk tunes, with titles like "Aborted At Fourteen" and lyrics about getting thrown in Deer Lodge prison. Perhaps this band's most memorable asset is its belly dancer, Pearl McLanahan, an agile woman who adds oomph and a vaudeville element to the live show. The Helligans seem pretty determined to have a good time and not give a damn, and to that, I raise my glass.

The Helligans play the VFW Fri., June 13, along with Whiskey Hooves. $6.

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