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The Whore Moans

Hello from the Radio Wasteland

(Mt. Fuji; US: 27 Jan 2009; UK: Unavailable)

The Whore Moans’ second release, Hello from the Radio Wasteland, is a more musically varied album than the 2007 debut Watch Out for this Thing. The Seattle quartet mixes politics, pop and even some prog into its already solid garage rock and soulful punk sound. While it may be a little less feral, it’s no less ferocious in its attack. It’s the glorious noise and raw, ragged energy from a collective radio wasteland with which the band is able to arm itself, and whether or not we’re ready, the revolution is at hand. From the opening assault of “Nerve Tonic”, a punishing, pounding, screamer of a sales pitch, right through to scathing summation of the country as seen through the window of the tour van in the anthemic “Here Comes America”, the Whore Moans never let up. The only moment of pause comes after the din of battle dies down, and we’re treated to a spare, sweet acoustic hidden track “Before the Frost”.

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Christel Loar is a freelance writer and editor, a part-time music publicist, and a full-time music fan. She is often an overreactor and sometimes an overachiever. When not dodging raindrops or devising escape plans, Christel is usually found down front and slightly left of center stage reveling in a performance by yet another new favorite band.


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