Moaning play the Loser Stage (at Batthouse West) at 1:30 pm this Saturday at Alki Beach.
Moaning play the Loser Stage (at Batthouse West) at 1:30 pm this Saturday at Alki Beach. Michael Schmelling

Moaning, "The Same" (Sub Pop).
Moaning fill that aching void in the Sub Pop roster for morose shoegaze-rock that's tempered with gray-skied atmospheres of early Factory Records—not bad for a trio of young LA lads who likely weren't even born when Ride's Nowhere came out.

"The Same" is one of the highest lows (or lowest highs) on Moaning's 2018 self-titled debut album. It's a charcoal-hued burst of post-punk that surges somewhere between Joy Division's "Shadowplay" and Ride's "Decay." Guitarist Sean Solomon may look 17, but he sings with the gravitas of a 37-year-old who's never loved the sun. "The Same" simmers with angst, but you get the feeling Moaning were trying to write an anthem—only to be too god-damned distraught to make the fans in the arena's upper deck raise their lighters. And that tension between grandiose ambition and despondency makes "The Same" a mutedly thrilling proposition.

Moaning perform Saturday, August 11 at SPF30: Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Party at Alki Beach. It's free, all ages, and goes from 12 pm-10 pm. Prepare for the mother of all clusterfucks, though.

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