Moaning, will release their self-titled debut on March 2nd via Sub Pop. The LP features “Don’t Go” along with “Artificial,” “The Same,” and “Misheard,” all recorded and engineered by Alex Newport in Los Angeles. Recently, the band released their black & white visual for “Don’t Go,” which 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.
1. Don’t Go
5. Does This Work for You
6. The Same
7. For Now
10. Somewhere in There
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/ Cherubs
Moaning, 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