The Whore Moans – Hello From the Radio Wasteland

The Whore Moans

The Whore Moans - Hello From the Radio Wasteland

The 14 tracks on Hello From The Radio Wasteland don’t do a whole lot to counter that wasteland. The overriding aesthetic on this Whore Moans album seems to be a rehashing of old punk styles with few, if any updates. It’s like Social Distortion or TSOL, but many years after the fact.

Although the band terms itself “scuzz rock,” its roots in blues-based punk are unmistakable. It’s got the heavily distorted power chords with little or no variation in tone throughout the album. The drums and bass don’t do a whole lot more than keep time and play along. The singing does evince a showmanship that’s probably good to experience live. The workmanlike and perfunctory execution of the songwriting and playing, though, detracts from the singer’s impact.

The album’s production is pretty good, if that matters to afficianados of this style of music. It’s a shame that the songs function as retreads of so much existing music without anything to distinguish it from the pack. The band knows how to play but needs to bring something new if it wants to make a mark.