Moan­ing

Sub Pop-signed post-punks wail

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In some ways LA’s Moan­ing are the quin­tes­sen­tial mis­placed post-punk band, but mu­sic knows no bor­ders, so along­side the down­beat dis­tor­tion, re­call­ing rain­drenched, rub­ble mounds of 80s Manch­ester, there’s a subtle, ex­pan­sive West Coast synth gleam and bass zip that di­verts from pas­tiche to po­etry. Front­man-gui­tarist Sean Solomon is eco­nom­i­cal and ex­or­cis­ing in his lyrics and his play­ing, drop­ping in mi­cro-leads be­tween jar­ring chord se­quences most af­fect­ingly on Moan­ing’s stel­lar sin­gle Don’t Go. “That solo is meant to rep­re­sent a sense of ur­gency and long­ing,” he tells TG. “I don’t like long and drawn-out gui­tar parts. I like get­ting to the point as quickly as pos­si­ble. I hate jam­mers and noodlers.” It’s a wa­ver­ing bal­ance, one of “atonal gui­tar chords jux­ta­posed with catchy melodies”.

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