Sub Pop-signed post-punks wail
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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