Over the first couple of months of this year, I wrote about the Los Angeles, CA-based indie rock trio Moaning, and as you may recall, the band comprised of Sean Solomon, Pascal Stevenson and Andrew MacKelvie have spent the past few years crafting and refining a moody and angular post-punk sound that manages to draw influence equally from shoegaze and slacker rock. During that same period of time, the band has received attention both nationally and internationally from a number of major media outlets including The Fader, The Guardian, DIY Magazine,Stereogum, and others.
The trio’s highly-anticipated, self-titled, full-length debut was released earlier this year through Sub Pop Records, and album singles like the Joy Division/Interpol/Preoccupations-like “Artificial” and the moody and shimmering “Tired,” further cemented their reputation for moody post-punk with enormous, arena rock-like hooks. Unsurprisingly, the mid-tempo ballad “Misheard” continues in a similar vein, as it features angular guitar chords and enormous hooks but finds the band decidedly pushing their sound towards shoegaze and 120 Minutes MTV-era alt rock, centered around lyrics that vacillate between self-loathing, confusion and regret — all familiar emotions that are engendered in the aftermath of an equally confusing and embittering relationship.
Directed by Steve Smith, the recently released video for “Misheard” continues the band’s string of accompanying their songs with surreal visuals — this time with some amorphous, neon-colored imagery that’s like a Dada-esque nightmare.
Currently, the band is in the middle of an European tour, which runs through June 17th, includes several European festival circuit dates, a headlining show in London and two dates with JOVM mainstays Preoccupations in Paris and Leeds. The band returns to the states for a headline show at Elsewhere’s Zone One, before returning to Europe throughout August. They’ve also added an appearance at the Hopscotch Festival in September. Check out the tour dates below.
Jun. 05 – Tours, FR – Aucard de Tour
Jun. 06 – Angers, FR – Heron Carre
Jun. 07 – Le Havre, FR – Mc Daids
Jun. 10 – Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret Festival
Jun. 11 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie*
Jun. 12 – London, UK – The Lexington
Jun. 13 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club*
Jun. 14 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
Jun. 15 – Bristol, UK – Rough Trade
Jun. 17 – Margate, UK – Tom Thumb
Jun. 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere (Zone One) ^
Aug. 14 – Rotterdam, NL – Rotown !
Aug. 17 – Kiewit, BE – Pukkelpop Festival
Aug. 25 – Charleville-Mézières, FR – Cabaret Vert
Sep. 06-08 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
* w/ Preoccupations
^ w/ Patio & Painted Zeros
! w/ Folkazoid & Omni