“The Same” by Moaning

LA group Moaning will release their first album for Sub Pop in the spring of 2018. The band have shared a little taste of what we can expect, with the video for the track “The Same.” Moaning are scheduled to hit the road with label mates Metz, starting on December 7th in Seattle.

Moaning includes members Sean Solomon, Pascal Stevenson, and Andrew MacKelvie. The three met as teenagers while growing up in the San Fernando Valley, and immediately developed a kinship through Los Angeles’s local music scene. The three began regularly frequenting DIY institutions like The Smell and Pehrspace, eventually selling out dozens of their shows at both venues with their first few bands.

From the sentimental to catastrophic, hiding meek and introspective lyrics within powerful droning dance songs, the music Moaning makes also gives sonic nods to some of the band’s musical heroes like New Order, Broadcast, and Slowdive.

The band’s songs are born out of the member’s experiences with love and distress, creating a sound uniquely dark and sincere. This is evidenced in the band’s early version (and video) of their track, “The Same.” The three went into their home studio to record the song and subsequently decided to shoot a music video for the track. Moaning was tipped off about a house that was about to be demolished nearby, and had quickly assembled a group of friends and filmed them taking turns destroying the estate. Meanwhile, Solomon, Stevenson, and MacKelvie tried their best to perform the song amongst the chaos. The video’s budget was limited to the sledgehammers, spray paint, and a case of beer they provided for the friends who were invited to cause havoc, which emphasizes Moaning’s desire to make as much impact with as few resources as possible.

Tour Dates

Dec. 07 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s *
Dec. 08 – Vancouver, BC – Cobalt *
Dec. 09 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir *
Dec. 11 – San Francisco, CA – Independent *
Dec. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom*
Dec. 13 – San Diego, CA – Casbah *
Dec. 15 – Austin, TX – Mohawk *
Dec. 16 – Houston, TX – Studio at Warehouse Live *
Dec. 17 – Dallas, TX – Transit Bicycle Co.
Dec. 19 – Phoenix, AZ – LBX

*w/ METZ

Moaning is currently at work on their debut full-length, which will be released sometime the spring of 2018.