Sub Pop recently signed band Moaning recently head over to Denmark where they play a few live renditions of some of their new and most known tracks at the Tapetown Studios. Watch here
This session was recorded, as previously mentioned, at Tapetown Studios in Aarhus, Denmark on 24th of August 2018 as part of Moanings 3rd European tour – having previously toured both alone and with fellow Subpop label-mates METZ. The band had performed at Loppen in Copenhagen the day before and travelled to Aarhus to play RECession festival. They had two hours available before the getin and two songs were recorded during the session. The band had to go back on the road in the evening again as they had their next gig in France the day after.
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 impassioned 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 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.