Impassioned, Self-Titled debut from Los Angeles-band
out March 2, 2018 on Sub Pop
Watch official video for ‘Don’t Go‘
“An abrasive, thrilling introduction that points towards a
debut album without boundaries or limitations.”
“A snappy, cut-throat piece of punked out indie rock that
makes its point in two minutes 56 seconds.”
Moaning will release their impassioned self-titled debut on On March 2, 2018 on Sub Pop via Inertia Music, revealing first taste today with lead single ‘Don’t Go‘. 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 the three met in L.A.’s DIY music scene.
Their debut 10-track album is born out of the member’s experiences with love and distress, creating a sound uniquely dark and sincere, and was recorded and engineered by Alex Newportin Los Angeles. Lead single ‘Don’t Go’ comes with a charmingly chaotic, black & white visual, 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.
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 three 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 heart break 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. As a whole, Moaning drifts from sentimental to catastrophic, hiding meek and introspective lyrics within powerful droning dance songs, giving sonic nods to some of the band’s musical heroes like New Order, Broadcast, and Slowdive. The band’s youthful attitude is met with the weight of topics like loss, routine, and mental health, reflecting the anxiety towards the status quo that much of their generation faces today.
Where many young bands take years to find their footing as writers and performers, Moaning has built up a confidence in sound and vision from the ten years of playing basements, bars, and ballrooms together in their previous projects. Yet, even with their polished exterior, Moaning continues to make the sacrifice of deeply personal anecdotes and emotions to their audience for the benefit of their craft.
The band will act as direct support for label-mates METZ on a North American tour in December before appearing at the 2018 edition of SXSW in Austin, Texas.
1. Don’t Go
5. Does This Work for You
6. The Same
7. For Now
10. Somewhere in There
Moaning by Moaning is out March 2, 2018 on Sub Pop via Inertia Music
Pre-order now: https://Inertia.lnk.to/Moaning
Featured Photo Credit : Michael Schmelling