Each week, Music Week profiles a red hot brand new artist. This week, it's noisy Los Angeles trio Moaning...
KEY TRACK: Don’t Go
LABEL: Sub Pop
WHO: Sean Solomon (guitar, vocals), Pascal Stevenson (bass, synth), Andrew MacKelvie (drums).
WHAT: Droning, punkish noise injected with elegiac synth. Moaning thrash, but their skyscraping build-ups are equally impressive.
WHERE: The trio met growing up in the San Fernando Valley, formed around Los Angeles’ DIY circuit and are still based in the city.
THEY DON’T LOOK THAT NOISY…
Moaning might be cuddling in their photos, but their sound feels nothing like a hug. Their billowing guitars and heavy atmospheres are right at home on Sub Pop.
HOW DID THEY GET THE DEAL?
By touting their self-titled album – due March 2 – to the industry. Moaning’s reputation preceded them (for their The Same video, they had a bunch of friends destroy a house and paid them in beer), and Sub Pop were sold.
WHAT’S NEXT, THEN?
There’s a record release show in LA, then Moaning head to SXSW. UK dates are coming soon.