July 17, 2010

The Whore Moans Were Exciting to the Finish

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The Whore Moans and friends ::: Photo by Josh Lovseth

Where I’m going down, Everybody’s going down! – “Wall of a Song” by The Whore Moans

People are just fickle. We’re social creatures but by default we’re superficially social, relying on mostly obvious cues as to how to handle a situation. Unfortunately for the Whore Moans, the name “The Whore Moans” did them no favors, giving bookers and showgoers an excuse to mis-judge the seriousness of their intent and effort, and the worthiness of their rock. The name certainly communicated their irreverant attitudes, but getting booked to play with bands who inevitably have names that are only sometimes clever variations on a theme (think Butt Plumbers or Dirty Sanchez), and it starts to just become a tired state of affairs right quick. In truth, and in spite of a maybe distasteful name, for a time I took the position that Seattle was still a rock town only because of bands like the Whore Moans.

For that reason I’m glad that it’s only the name coming to an end, and the band will continue on under a more serious moniker. The choice of Columbia City Theater for both their final show as the Whore Moans and first show as Hounds of the Wild Hunt might be seen as curious with their history as a band as likely to play a dive as anywhere else, but isn’t curious at all when considering they’re hungry to transition to a place where they might emerge from that circuit. The choice of such a splendid venue is a statement of their renewed commitment to taking the band off the ground in a new way.

I’m all for that idea, and those in the audience for the Whore Moans final gig as the Whore Moans, were obviously in full support as well. It was unclear what songs will make the transition with the band to their new name, so more than a few of us were treating the moment as if they really were playing our favorite songs for the last time. To me it was a “greatest hits” set, and even though most of those “hits” may have been only labeled as such in my head, few bands (and probably no other local band) could boast a full set of such songs. The final song being the now rarely played “I Disappear” felt right, but that couldn’t be the end. The crowd would not allow it. Appropriate, if in a different way, “Wall of a Song” would end up being the last song of the encore, a hand-clapping hearty sing-along that filled the stage with friends choosing fist pumps over tears. In some ways the band’s best friends are shadow members of the band, always there to bring the energy up in the crowd and bring people into it, so that they took to the stage also felt right in closing. As to whether the placement of that song last is some indication of where the Hounds of the Wild Hunt are headed, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. While hoping the answer is a big fat whopping YES.

The set list for their last show was:

White Noise Holy Fucking Moment I say Blood Three Times Here Comes America The Headstone Stomp X-Ray Eyes Nerve Tonic Dead Mans Drink Rockets and Knots The Judas Goat Fingers and Martyrs (listed on set list as Save Yourself) I Disappear

Finale:

Wizard Rock 5250 Blur Wall of A Song


The Whore Moans ::: Photo by Josh Lovseth

The Whore Moans ::: Photo by Josh Lovseth

The Whore Moans ::: Photo by Josh Lovseth

The Whore Moans ::: Photo by Josh Lovseth

The Last Whore Moans Photo ::: Photo by Josh Lovseth

Flickr: The Whore Moans Last Show at the Columbia City Theater

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  1. Ryan Devlin #

    Thanks for all the love Josh, and thanks to everyone else who has supported The Whore Moans over the years, it was insanely fun. The Columbia City show felt like exactly the way we wanted to go out, still swinging with our friends by our side. I hope y’all are ready for Hounds of the Wild Hunt!

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