What happens when an abrasive rock trio trades guitar for synths, cranks up the beats and leans into the everyday anxieties of simply being a functioning human in the 21st century? The answer is Uneasy Laughter, the new album from Los Angeles-based Moaning. The trio points to first single “Ego” as an embodiment of this evolution. Singer-guitarist Sean Solomon admits Uneasy Laughter could have gone in quite another direction had he not gotten sober and educated himself on such core subjects as gender and mental health. “I did a lot of reading in the tour van – authors like Bell Hooks, Mark Fisher, and Alain de Botton, all really inspired me. I don’t want to be the person who influences young people to go get high and become cliché tragic artists,” he says. “What I’d rather convey to people is that they’re not alone in what they think and how they feel. ‘Ego’ specifically and the album overall is about those themes – letting go of your bullshit so you can help other people and be present.”

Moaning – Uneasy Laughter