News for Moaning

NEWS : WED, JAN 15, 2020 at 6:57 AM

Los Angeles’s Moaning Returns with Sophomore Full Length ‘Uneasy Laughter’ out March 20th; Watch Video for Lead Track “Ego”

North American Tour Dates To Be Announced Soon

Moaning, the musical effort from vocalist/guitarist Sean Solomon, bassist/keyboardist Pascal Stevenson and drummer Andrew MacKelvie, will follow-up their 2018 self-titled debut with Uneasy Laughter on Sub Pop Records this March 20th, 2020. What happens when an abrasive rock trio trades guitars for synths, cranks up the beats and leans into the everyday anxieties of simply being a functioning human in the 21st century? The answer is ​Uneasy Laughter​, the sensational second Sub Pop release from Los Angeles-based Moaning. Pre-order Uneasy Laughter HERE.

Uneasy Laughter is a collaborative breakthrough which significantly brightens Moaning’s once claustrophobic sound, again abetted by producer/engineer Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, Bloc Party, Melvins). The trio points to first single “Ego,” released today, which features a costume-heavy video directed by Ambar Navarro (Soccer Mommy, Oberhoffer, Anna Burch), as an embodiment of this evolution.

“The lyrics are about letting go of your own bullshit to help other people. Wanting to love yourself to love others. The ego can make you feel like you’re the greatest person in the world or the worst.” stated vocalist Sean Solomon. It makes you think your problems are abnormally different which is isolating and rarely true. The song is a reminder that listening to other perspectives is important and beneficial to both parties involved.”





“Musically, the song was started by repurposing a drum beat made for a different demo and putting it on top of a new synth loop. It was a digital collage where we passed Ableton files back and forth,” added bassist/keyboardist Pascal Stevenson. “We purposely avoided the impulse to add guitars to everything, letting the melodies of the synth and vocals be the focus. We wanted to embrace the songs ability to slip between genre lines.”

Solomon, Stevenson and MacKelvie have been friends and co-conspirators amid the fertile L.A. DIY scene for more than a decade. They are also immersed in other mediums and creative pursuits — Solomon is a noted illustrator , art director and animator, while Stevenson and MacKelvie have played or worked behind the boards with acts such as Cherry Glazerr, Sasami and Surf Curse. On ​Uneasy Laughter,​ they’ve tackled challenges both personal and universal the only way they know how: by talking about how they’re feeling and channeling those emotions directly into their music.

“We’ve known each other forever and we’re really comfortable trying to express where we’re at. A lot of bands aren’t so close,” says MacKelvie. Adds Solomon, who celebrated a year of sobriety during the ​Uneasy Laughter ​sessions, “Men are conditioned not to be vulnerable or admit they’re wrong. But I wanted to talk openly about my feelings and mistakes I’ve made.”


Photo Credit: Michael Schmelling ( Hi-Res )

Stevenson’s initial demo was slower and in what he calls “a strange time signature,” which stymied Solomon’s attempts to write vocal melodies. Borrowing a MacKelvie drumbeat from the demo of a different song, Stevenson found that it fit perfectly. The track was fleshed out further in practices and through passing demos back and forth, with the result “perfectly capturing every idea we wanted to play with,” says MacKelvie.

“I don’t think we would have been able to approach writing a song that way before,” adds Stevenson.

Several of the songs originated on acoustic guitar, and guitar can be heard in at least some form on nearly every album track. But the willingness to experiment with synths and loops greatly expanded Moaning’s sonic palette, particularly on the guitar-less album closer “Say Something.”

Recalls Solomon, “I wrote it as a folk song. When I brought it in, I told the guys, ‘I kind of hate this, but I like the melody and lyrics, so how do we turn it into a Moaning song?’” The answer turned out to be by stripping out guitar entirely and turning it into “a complete digital creation. It’s super weird and clubby. Now we just need to figure out how to play it live,” he says with a laugh. “When you hear Nirvana cover the Vaselines, it’s still the same song but it sounds completely different. Song structure can transcend style and genre. I wanted to write things I felt confident were good songs, regardless of whether it was on acoustic guitar or synths.”

“Guitars always sound like guitars, whereas with keyboards you have the ability to thin them out or thicken them up more dramatically, and then mold them to fit into whatever spot you need them to fit into,” says Stevenson. Flecked by patterns of neon synths and a rush of guitar, “Fall in Love” is both metronomic and completely human. “I would never play a bass line on an actual bass that’s so on the grid,” Stevenson offers. “But it does something major for the feel of the song.”

Elsewhere, distortion reverberates atop the pounding drums and earworm melody of “Make It Stop,” while “Saving Face” contrasts Solomon’s gauzy vocals with an undulating synth bass line, creating an off-kilter bliss. The restrained atmospherics and synth loops on “Connect the Dots” belie a tense revelation responsible for the new album’s title. “A lot of these songs wouldn’t have been this different and awesome without Pascal’s expertise with synths,” MacKelvie enthuses.

Solomon admits ​Uneasy Laughter​ could have gone in quite another direction had he not gotten sober and educated himself on such core subjects as gender and mental health. “I did a lot of reading in the tour van — ‘All About Love’ and ‘Ain’t I A Woman’ by bell hooks, ‘Capitalist Realism’ by Mark Fisher and ‘How Proust Can Change Your Life’ by Alain de Botton. I don’t want to be the guy who influences young people to go get high and become cliched tragic artists,” he says. “What I’d rather convey to people is that they’re not alone in what they think and how they feel.”

“We want to be part of a community,” he adds. “I wrote online about being sober for a year, and I had kids from all over writing and asking for advice. One of them said, ‘For the first time I can remember, I didn’t drink last night.’ I thought, for once, maybe we did something besides sell a record. That’s a win. That’s incredibly exciting.”

Uneasy Laughter will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL worldwide through Sub Pop right here. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on clear w/blue and orange-colored vinyl (while supplies last).


Album Art by Aaron Jupin ( Hi-Res )

Moaning 
Uneasy Laughter
Tracklisting
1. Ego
2. Make It Stop
3. ///
4. Stranger
5. Running
6. Connect the Dots
7. Fall in Love
8. Coincidence or Fate
9. What Separates Us
10. //////////
11. Keep Out
12. Saving Face
13. Say Something

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NEWS : FRI, MAR 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Sub Pop & Hardly Art: Failing Upwards at SXSW 2018

Sxsw 2018 promo 1

In lieu of a proper showcase this year, Sub Pop and Hardly Art artists Bully, Kyle Craft, La Luz, METZ, Moaning and Dick Stusso will be performing in Austin, Texas next week. Below you will find a detailed schedule of our artists shows, as well as sampling of their music. See ya down there!

Bully:  youtu.be/Q4uRzdzZOS0
Kyle Craft:  youtu.be/VgJReL_Z8mQ
La Luz:  youtu.be/vVaZuX5FRDA
METZ:  youtu.be/kANA9UD4vKI
Moaning:  youtu.be/v7id_Wxsr2I
Dick Stusso:  youtu.be/tJBqGe88-9A


Monday, March 12, 2018

Band:             Bully (Sub Pop)
Show:            The Onion/AV Club
Location:       Mohawk Outdoor ( 912 Red River Rd)
Time:              8:30 PM
 
Band:             Wye Oak (Sub Pop Publishing)
Show:            AV Club
Location:       Mohawk Outdoor (912 Red River Rd)
Time:              9:40 PM


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Band:             Dick Stusso (Hardly Art)
Location:      
Spiderhouse (2908 Fruth St)
Time:             1:00 PM
 
Band:             Bully (Sub Pop)
Location:       Mohawk Outdoor (912 Red River Rd)
Time:             TBD
 
Band:             Kyle Craft (Sub Pop)
Show:             KCMP
Location:       Blackheart (86 Rainey St)
Time:              3:00 PM
 
Band:              La Luz (Hardly Art)
Show:             She Shreds Showcase
Location:       Kinda Tropical (3501 E 7th Street)
Time:              6:40 PM
 
Band:              Low, Organ Show (Sub Pop)
Location:       St. David’s Episcopal Church (301 E 8th Street)
Time:              11:00 PM


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Band:             Bully (Sub Pop)
Show:             KUTX
Location:       Four Seasons Hotel (8 San Jacinto Blvd)
Time:              9:00 AM
 
Band:              La Luz (Hardly Art)
Show:             Panache Bruise Cruise
Time:              3:30 PM
 
Band:              La Luz (Hardly Art)
Location:       Electric Church (018 E Cesar Chavez St)
Time:              6:30 PM
 
Band:             Moaning (Sub Pop)
Show:            Desert Daze
Location:       Hotel Vegas (1502 E 6th St, Austin)
Time:             5:45 PM
 
Band:             Moaning (Sub Pop)
Show:            Ground Control Touring Showcase
Location:       Barracuda
Time:             10: 25 PM
 
Band:             Wye Oak (Sub Pop Publishing)
Show:             KCRW
Location:       Convention Centre (500 E Cesar Chavez St)
Time:              3:00 PM
 
Band:              Wye Oak (Sub Pop Publishing)
Show:             Twix + Collide
Location:       Lustre Pearl (94 Rainey Street)
Time:              9:00 PM
 
Band:             Bully (Sub Pop)
Show:             Doc Martens presents Collide
Location:       Container Bar (90 Rainey St)
Time:              5:00 PM
 
Band:              Kyle Craft (Sub Pop)
Show:             Portland Showcase   
Location:       Valhalla (710 Red River St)
Time:              4:20 PM
 
Band:             Kyle Craft (Sub Pop)
Show:             Portland Showcase - Official SXSW Showcase   
Location:       St. David’s Church
Time:              8:00 PM
 
Band:              Low (Sub Pop)
Show:             NPR
Location:       Stubb’s (801 E Red River)
Time:              9:20 PM
 
Band:              Dick Stusso (Hardly Art)
Show:             Desert Daze
Location:        Volstead
Time:              11:30 PM


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Band:              Kyle Craft (Sub Pop)
Show:             Fader Fort
Location:       1501 E. 7th St. (between Onion & Comal)
Time:              11:20 AM
 
Band:              Dick Stusso (Hardly Art)
Show:             Noise Pop Showcase
Location:       Sidewinder (715 Red River St)
Time:              12:00 PM
 
Band:             Moaning (Sub Pop)
Show:            Fredericksburg AA
Location:       Side Bar (602 E 7th St)
Time:             1:45 PM
 
Band:              La Luz (Hardly Art)
Show:             SXSJ Showcase
Location:       Hotel San Jose (1316 S Congress Ave)
Time:              4:00 PM
 
Band:              Kyle Craft (Sub Pop)
Show:             Austin City Limits Showcase, KCSN Showcase
Location:       Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St)
Time:              4:00 PM
 
Band:              Wye Oak (Sub Pop Publishing)
Show:             Pledge Music/ Noise Trade
Location:       The Blackheart (86 Rainey St)
Time:              4.30 PM
 
Band:             Moaning (Sub Pop)
Show:             Voodoo Doughnut  
Location:       Grey Estates
Time:             4:40 PM CST
 
Band:              La Luz (Hardly Art)
Show:             Levitation Showcase
Location:       Hotel Vegas (1502 E 6th St)
Time:              6:30 PM
 
Band:             Moaning (Sub Pop)
Show:            Levitation
Location:       Hotel Vegas (1502 E 6th St)
Time:  
 
Band:              Bully  (Sub Pop)
Show:             Brooklyn Vegan
Location:       Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St)
Time:              9:00 PM
 
Band:              Wye Oak (Sub Pop Publishing)
Show:             Brooklyn Bowl Family Reunion
Location:        Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St)
Time:              12:00 AM


Friday, March 16, 2018

Band:              Moaning  (Sub Pop)
Show:             Floodfest
Location:        Cedar Street Courtyard (208 W 4th St)
Time:              12:00 PM
 
Band:              Wye Oak  (Sub Pop Publishing)
Show:             KUTX Pop up session
Time:              2.30 PM
 
Band:              La Luz (Hardly Art)
Show:             Volcom Showcase
Location:        Volcom Garden ( 1209 E 6th S)
Time:              5:20 PM
 
Band:              La Luz (Hardly Art)
Show:             Panache Booking Official Showcase
Location:        Hotel Vegas (1502 E 6th St)
Time:              12:20 PM
 
Band:              METZ (Sub Pop) 
Show:             Fluffer Pit Parties / Shout It Out Loud Music
Location:       Barracuda (611 E 7th Street)
Time:              1:00 AM


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Band:              La Luz (Hardly Art)
Show:             Brooklyn Vegan + Margin Walker Lost Weekend 2
Location:       Cheer Up Charlies (900 Red River St)
Time:              12:45 PM
 
Band:             Moaning (Sub Pop)
Show:             Converse / Thrasher
Location:       Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St)
Time:              2:00 PM
 
Band:              La Luz (Hardly Art)
Show:             Burgermania VII
Location:       Hotel Vegas (1502 E 6th St)
Time:              4:15 PM
 
Band:             Moaning (Sub Pop)
Show:            Burger Mania
Location:       Hotel Vegas (1502 E 6th St)
Time:              4:30 PM
 
Band:              METZ  (Sub Pop)
Show:             Thrasher Deathmatch
Location:       The Weather Up (1808 E. Cesar Chavez Street)
Time:              6:00 PM


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Band:              METZ  (Sub Pop)
Show:             Earthquaker Devices Party
Location:       Empire Control Room (606 E 7th Street)
Time:              7:30 PM


NEWS : MON, FEB 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM

See/Hear: You Can Now Stream Moaning’s Debut Full-Length Ahead Of Release - Cover Art Visualizer Premieres Today on Brooklyn Vegan

2018 International Tour Now Includes Dates Supporting METZ (Europe) and Preoccupations (US West Coast); New Shows Include Brooklyn, UK tour, SXSW

Experience Moaning’s forthcoming new album (out March 2nd) ahead of its release through a voyeuristic lens with this cover art visualizer and stream (see Brooklyn Vegan premiere February 26th). Directed by the band and Max Flick, this “cover art visualizer” features a different vignette for every song on the album.

“[Moaning] incorporate dark shoegaze and wall-of-noise rippers into their hazy palette, with some soaring, poppy numbers too. (They’re a little bit like ’00s-era LA band Abe Vigoda.) We’re premiering a visual stream of the whole record that cleverly riffs on the album’s cover art,” says Brooklyn Vegan (see premiere February 26th).




Moaning Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Moaning has also just extended their international tour schedule for 2018 through June 21st.  Highlights include: appearances at SXSW March 14th-17th; a support slot on labelmates METZ European jaunt (April 17th-18th; select dates April 23rd-May 5th);  A US West Coast run opening for Secretly Canadian records act Preoccupations (May 11th-19th); A return trip to mainland EU and the UK for more festivals and headlining shows (May 25th-June 17th); And the addition of a Brooklyn, New York show on June 21st at Zone One at Elsewhere. Additional tour dates announced soon.

Mar. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo ^
Mar. 10 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom / Flying Burrito Music & Food Festival
Mar. 11 - Flagstaff, AZ - The Burn Ward
Mar. 13 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger / Heatwave 3 Festival
Mar. 14 - Austin, TX - SXSW / Ground Control Touring Showcase at Barracuda
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW / Grey Estates Showcase at Voodoo Doughnut
Mar. 16 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 17 - Austin, TX - SXSW / Burgermania 7 at Hotel Vegas
Mar. 18 - Hot Springs, AR -Valley of the Vapors
Mar. 20 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
Mar. 21 - Omaha, NE - O’Leavers
Mar. 21 - 25 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Festival
Mar. 22 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake ^^
Mar. 23 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court #
Mar. 25 - Reno, NV - Holland Project $
Apr. 17 - Lisbon, PT - Musicbox *
Apr. 18 - Porto, PT - Hard Club *
Apr. 19 - Benidorm, ES - Fuzzville Festival
Apr. 20 - Hondarribia, ES - Psichobelicenea
Apr. 21 - Barcelona, ES - Sala Be Good
Apr. 23 - Milan, IT - Magnolia *
Apr. 24 - Bologna, IT - Freakout*
Apr. 25 - Munich, DE - Strom *
Apr. 26 - Cologne, DE - Gebaude 9 *
Apr. 28 - London, UK - Test Pressing Festival *
Apr. 30 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo *
May 02 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen *
May 03 - Ramsgate, UK - Ramsgate Music Hall *
May 05 - Leffingen, BE - De Zwerver *
May 11 - Seattle, WA - Barboza **
May 12 - Portland, OR - Star Theatre **
May 14 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop **
May 17 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo **
May 18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo ** [SOLD OUT]
May 19 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar **
May 25 - Laval, FR - 3 Les Elephants Festival
May 26 - Amsterdam, NL - London Calling Festival
May 27 - Brussels, BE - AB Club
May 29 - Lausanne, CH - Le Romandie
May 30 - Carpi, IT - Mattatoio
Jun. 01 - Nimes, FR - This Is Not A Lovesong Festival
Jun. 05 - Tours, FR - Aucard de tour
Jun. 06 - Angers, FR - Heron Carre
Jun. 07 - Le Havre, FR - Mc Daids
Jun. 10 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret Festival
Jun. 12 - London, UK - The Lexington
Jun. 14 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
Jun. 15 - Bristol, UK - Rough Trade
Jun. 17 - Margate, UK - Tom Thumb
Jun. 21 - Brooklyn, NY - Zone One at Elsewhere
 
^ w/ Froth
^^ w/ Nnamdi Ogbonnaya
* w/ METZ
$ w/ Bedroom
** w/ Preoccupations
# w/ Ed Schrader’s Music Beat




Moaning will be available this Friday, March 2nd on CD/LP/CS/DL worldwide through Sub Pop right over here.


NEWS : MON, FEB 12, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Watch Moaning’s Surreal Video for “Tired” From Their Self-titled Debut (out March 2nd) + US and EU Festival Dates Added to 2018 Tour Schedule

Moaning have shared a surrealistic new video for “Tired,” a highlight track from their forthcoming self-titled Sub Pop debut, which will be out in the world March 2nd.



“Behind closed doors we experience a series of strange stories: A house catches fire, a giant hamster takes a bath, and a series of objects spontaneously combust. The “Tired” video plays with analog special effects, creating dream-like environments and scenarios,” says director Ambar Navarro (Stef Chura, Anna Burch). “Tired” co-stars the band alongside Casper the Hamster, Mr.Maggie the Cat, and 2 lucky goldfish, and was shot at Titmouse Studios in Los Angeles.

Moaning will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL worldwide through Sub Pop right here. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on pink vinyl (while supplies last). A new t-shirt design will also be available.

Moaning Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Moaning’s international tour schedule for 2018 in support of the album has been extended through June 10th. New highlights include appearances at Treefort (Boise, ID), 3 Les Elephants (Laval, FR), London Calling (Amsterdam, NL), This Is Not A Love Song (Nimes, FR) and Best Kept Secret (Hilvarenbeek, NL) festivals. Additional tour dates to be announced soon.
 

Mar. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo ^

Mar. 10 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom / Flying Burrito Music & Food Festival

Mar. 11 - Flagstaff, AZ - Chancy’s Crib

Mar. 13 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger / Heatwave 3 Festival

Mar. 14 - Austin, TX - SXSW

Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW

Mar. 16 - Austin, TX - SXSW

Mar. 17 - Austin, TX - SXSW

Mar. 18 - Hot Springs, AR - Valley of the Vapors

Mar. 20 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

Mar. 21 - Omaha, NE - O’Leaves

Mar. 21-25 - Boise, ID - Treefort Festival

Mar. 22 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge

Mar. 23 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court *

Mar. 25 - Reno, NV - Holland Project

May 11 - Seattle, WA - Barboza **

May 12 - Portland, OR - Star Theatre **

May 14 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop **

May 18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo **

May 19 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar **

May 25 - Laval, FR - 3 Les Elephants

May 26 - Amsterdam, NL - London Calling

Jun. 01 - Nimes, FR - This Is Not A Love Song Festival

Jun. 10 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret Festival

^ w/ Froth

* w/ Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

** w/ Preoccupations


NEWS : TUE, JAN 16, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Watch Moaning’s 120 Minutes-style, Official Video For “Artificial,” From Their Forthcoming, Self-titled Debut (out March 2)

Plus New 2018 Tour Dates

“Artificial” is the new and very official video from Moaning’s forthcoming self-titled, debut album, helmed by the directorial team A Stranger.  Guitarist Sean Solomon says of the shimmery, 120 Minutes-style visual, “The video mirrors the themes of insincerity and artificiality in the song. To shoot the video we used practical effects to warp the viewers perception of what’s happening. It was appropriately shot in Los Angeles on 35mm film much like other disingenuous Hollywood productions”


The FADER had this to say of the video, “The song is about what really lies beneath, and like the truth, “Artificial” is distressing, nuanced, and ultimately cathartic. In the video directed by A Stranger, Moaning’s members dress in all white and play in a tinfoiled house with lots of fake plants, with their faces occasionally distorted and mirrored in very cool fashions (see video premiere January 15th).”


Moaning will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL worldwide through Sub Pop.  The 10-track album, featuring “Artificial” and “Don’t Go” along with highlights “Tired” “The Same,” and “Misheard,” was recorded and engineered by Alex Newport in Los Angeles.
 
Preorders for Moaning are available now through Sub Pop right here. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on pink vinyl (while supplies last). A new t-shirt design will also be available.

Moaning Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Moaning’s current tour schedule in support of the album begins March 9th, with a hometown release show in Los Angeles on March 9th at the Echo, and runs through March 23 in Salt Lake City at Kilby Court. The band will also appear at SXSW. Additional live dates will be announced soon.
 
Mar. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo ^
Mar. 14 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 16 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 17 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 18 - Hot Springs, AR - Valley of the Vapors
Mar. 20 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
Mar. 23 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court *
^ w/ Froth
* w/ Ed Schrader’s Music Beat



What The People are saying about Moaning:

“A spacious and dark post-punk rager” [“Don’t Go”] - Buzzbands LA

“A taut introduction, a snappy, cut-throat piece of punked out indie rock that makes its point in two minutes 56 seconds.”  [“Don’t Go”] -CLASH
 
“‘Don’t Go’ is an abrasive, thrilling introduction that points towards a debut album without boundaries or limitations.” [“Don’t Go”] - DIY  
 
“Solomon sings in a world-weary monotone. But his voice rushes through a weathered industrial filter that makes it sound like the air in his lungs is struggling to catch up with him, adding a layer of momentum to his post-punk stoicism. Behind him, bandmates Pascal Stevenson and Andrew MacKelvie keep time on bass and drums, respectively, their clipped tempos like a clock ticking down to the end of the affair. And then there’s that delightfully out of place guitar solo. The way Solomon’s fingers jitter across the frets betrays the dispassion in his voice. He sings like Ian Curtis, but he plays guitar like Billie Joe Armstrong wringing out notes in fits.” [“Don’t Go”] - Pitchfork
 
“It’s moody and on-edge, an energy that’s matched by the stylish black-and-white video”  [“Don’t Go”] -  Stereogum
 
“Don’t Go” is uproarious and unrelenting, a tremendous wall of noise hitting you from the start, its biting rage continuing throughout. Vocals cloaked in fuzz meld into the sounds projected seamlessly, creating a thick atmosphere against repetitious plea of, “don’t go.”…The single evokes the feelings of desperately holding on, clamoring to keep it together even when everything has fallen apart. This band is everything.”  [“Don’t Go”] - The Grey Estates
 
“A product of their hometown’s DIY scene, this Los Angeles trio have spent the past couple of years creating moody guitar music that draws on shoegaze, slacker-rock and post-punk. They’ve already whetted appetites for their upcoming debut album with a series of driving, dirge-like, deadpan tunes.” [Top 40 Newcomers of 2018”] - The Guardian


NEWS : WED, NOV 29, 2017 at 7:00 AM

The Impassioned, Self-Titled Debut From Los Angeles-Band Moaning Will Be Out March 2nd, 2018. Now Watch Official Video For “Don’t Go”

Previously announced headlining support dates (with METZ) run December 7th-19th

On March 2nd, 2018, Moaning will release their impassioned self-titled debut, worldwide through Sub Pop.  The 10-track album, featuring “Don’t Go” along with highlights “Artificial,” “The Same,” and “Misheard,” was recorded and engineered by Alex Newport in Los Angeles.

Moaning’s charmingly chaotic, black & white visual for “Don’t Go” was directed by Michael Schmelling. The video stars the band and a few of their dear friends, and was shot in Los Angeles in the waning days of summer. 


Preorders for Moaning are available now on CD/LP/CS/DL through Sub Pop right here. LP pre-orders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on pink vinyl (while supplies last), and new t-shirt design will also be available. 


Moaning
Tracklisting

1. Don’t Go
2. Tired
3. Artificial
4. Close
5. Does This Work for You
6. The Same
7. For Now
8. Useless
9. Misheard
10. Somewhere in There

Moaning Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Moaning’s previously announced tour schedule for 2017 begins December 6th in Eugene at The Blue Room and ends December 19th in Phoenix at LBX. For the dates spanning December 7th-15th, the band will act as direct support for labelmates METZ. Moaning will also appear at the 2018 edition of SXSW in Austin, Texas. 

Dec. 06 - Eugene, OR - The Blue Room
Dec. 07 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
Dec. 08 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt *
Dec. 09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
Dec. 11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Teragram Ballroom *
Dec. 13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *
Dec. 15 - Austin, TX - the Mohawk *^
Dec. 16 - Dallas, TX - Transit Bicycle Co.
Dec. 18 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
Dec. 19 - Phoenix, AZ - LBX
Mar. 12 - 18 - Austin, TX - SXSW
*w/ METZ
^ w/ Cherubs

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Moaning is a band defined by its duality. The abrasive, post punk trio comprised of Sean Solomon, Pascal Stevenson, and Andrew MacKelvie, began nearly a decade after they met in L.A.’s DIY music scene. Their debut album comes born out of the member’s experiences with love and distress, creating a sound uniquely dark and sincere. Although the band is just breaking out of their infancy, Moaning’s sleek and cavernous tone emphasizes the turmoil of the era they were born into. One where the endless possibility for art and creation is met with the fear and doubt of an uncertain future.

The trio began regularly frequenting DIY institutions like The Smell and Pehrspace, eventually selling out dozens of their own shows at both venues with their first few bands. Solomon recalls, after a brief hiatus from playing together, Moaning’s conception came when he sent Stevenson and MacKelvie the first demo for “Don’t Go,” setting the tone for the impulsive songwriting that would follow. 

The three fleshed out Solomon’s primitive recordings, adding in MacKelvie’s heavy syncopated drumming, and Stevenson’s melodic driving bass and synth parts, capturing each member’s personality in their sparse and fuzzed out tracks. Like many of their previous collaborative projects, Moaning forces pain up against pleasure, using the complexity of personal heartbreak to inform the band’s conflicted sound. The band eventually landed on the apt moniker Moaning, admiring the ambiguity the name held and hoping to reference both an intimate wail and an anguished scream
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