Honk, Wail & Moan

Honk, Wail & Moan

BandJazz

Biography

Honk, Wail and Moan is committed to the idea that guys and dolls need to go out, have a few drinks, dance with each other and snap fingers. The cookin' rhythm section supports a hot horn section that backs up the always pleasing vocals that the band's audience has grown to know and love. Since forming in the fall of 1991, Honk, Wail and Moan has entertained thousands of this earth's finest in many cities, over ten states (of the Union or of the Mind - you be the judge), and at least three countries and two continents with its mix of hot swingin' classics and jumpin' originals. Honk, Wail and Moan has truly earned its name. (How, we can't tell you.)

Honk Wail & Moan has performed at:
Southern Thailand Jazz and Blues Festival; Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema; Rhythm & Food Festival, Columbus; Jazz & Rib Festival, Columbus; Community Festival, Columbus; Greater Columbus Arts Festival; Cleveland Performance Art Festival; Avant Garage Film Festivals in Columbus & Cleveland; Living the Dream Theatre Columbus; Barley's Columbus; Barrister Hall Columbus; The Canopy Club Urbana IL; Clutch Cargo Detroit MI; Counterfeit Heist Columbus; Dick's Den Columbus; Little Brother's Columbus; Madison Theatre Peoria IL; Maxie's Rendezvous, Virginia Beach VA; Pierre's FT Wayne IN; Stache's Columbus; The Swing Lounge Cincinnati OH; ...

"Your set was my favorite of the Festival." fan at 2005 Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest

"...one of the most inventive groups ever to make music." Fritz The Niteowl, Short North Gazette

"The most important thing about this is that it swings. I don't get to hear a lot lately that swings. I hear lots of jazz that skronks and jags from place to place but very little that actually swings in a head-nodding, foot-tapping, enveloping fashion.” The Aquarian Weekly

"Their musicianship is dead serious but there is a refreshing sense of wackiness in their work. This band has a bundle of energy. Option

"Honk, Wail and Moan feature the talents of six individuals all swinging out. The wonderful titles [of the originals] only hint at the creativity of the music. There is a definite pleasure in playing that comes from the musicians themselves, which manifests itself in continual energy. Home Theater technology

"Roundly entertaining, the creators of the bravest music this town has heard in years." The Columbus Dispatch

"Honk, Wail and Moan is more than just a cool and appropriate name for a jazz band. It’s a group of musicians working together in a jazz format that steps outside the traditional and away from the cheesiness ...radio listeners may consider jazz. Sure, they do the big band, swing and rag sounds of the likes of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong. But they also travel into the more experimental atmospheres of Sun Ra and Miles Davis. I even hear a little classical influence, via Stravinsky, Bernstein and Copland." Joel, Cringe Online

"I personally think your act is great." Marque A. Rome, coordinator, Southern Thailand Jazz and Blues Festival

Lyrics

Rat Finks

Written By: Steve Perakis

There is a place all the gents and fine ladies swing.
It's open late, it's The Pad and it is quite a scene, after dark it comes alive.
There at The Pad all the cats in the band are king.
But there is talk from a faction of guys saying nothing but ugly things.

The rats cling to you and they mooche all your money too.
You're dreaded fate - if they follow you will not escape.
The rats cling to you and they mooche all your money too.
They're the rat finks who always bring the heat on the scene.

Rats follow you and they mooche and come back for more.
Why can't it be like the days long ago when we cried "let the suits get the bill?"
You must watch your step, or they'll find you and bang at your door.
Those devils are up to no good they'll drink all your booze and pass out on the floor.

The rats cling to you and they mooche all your money too.
You're dreaded fate - if they follow you will not escape.
The rats cling to you and they mooche all your money too.
They're the rat finks who always bring the heat on the scene.

Discography

Ubu Dance Party: A Tribute to Pere Ubu - Datapanic Records
Mailbox Above - UffDa Records
Saturn Swings - UffDa records