Moaning Lisa (band)

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Moaning Lisa
OriginCanberra, Australia
Years active2016–present
LabelsFarmer & the Owl (2021+)
  • Charlie Versegi
  • Hayley Manwaring
  • Ellen Chan
  • Hayden Fritzlaff
Past members
  • Andrew Enright

Moaning Lisa are an Australian rock band formed in Canberra in 2016. The group has released two EPs, The Sweetest in 2017, and Do You Know Enough? in 2018.

The four members of Moaning Lisa studied music in Canberra. They are singer-bassist Charlie Versegi, singer-guitarist Hayley Manwaring, lead guitarist Ellen Chan, and drummer Hayden Fritzlaff.[1] Their music has been described as punk rock, grunge rock, and shoegaze. In 2016, they won the National Campus Band Competition,[2] and garnered media coverage for speaking out against anti-social behaviour at gigs.[3]

In January 2018, their single "Carrie (I Want a Girl)", referencing Carrie Brownstein,[4] was lauded as an anthem for the LGBT community.[5] That same year, Moaning Lisa won the National Live Music Award for ACT Live Act of the Year.

Charlie Versegi of Moaning Lisa performing at Splendour In The Grass in Byron Bay in 2019

On tour, Moaning Lisa have supported the likes of Mitski, DZ Deathrays, Waax, Camp Cope, and Polish Club.[6][7][8] They have also performed at Spilt Milk and Yours and Owls, with upcoming performances at Splendour in the Grass and Stonefest.

In 2021, the band signed with Farmer & the Owl and released "Something" in March 2021 and "Inadequacy" in June 2021.[9] The band's debut album Something Like This But Not This was released on 8 October 2021.[10]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
Something Like This But Not This 85

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
The Sweetest
  • Released: 24 March 2017[12]
  • Label: Moaning Lisa
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Do You Know Enough?
  • Released: 19 October 2018[13]
  • Label: Moaning Lisa
  • Format: Digital download, streaming


Title Year Album
"Carrie (I Want a Girl)"[4][14] 2018 Do You Know Enough?
"Take You Out"[16] 2019 non album sinle
"Something"[17] 2021 Something Like This But Not This
"Cold Water"[18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

National Live Music Awards[edit]

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia's diverse live industry, celebrating the success of the Australian live scene. The awards commenced in 2016.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
National Live Music Awards of 2018[19][20] Moaning Lisa ACT Live Act of the Year Won
National Live Music Awards of 2019[21][22] Hayley Manwaring (Moaning Lisa) Live Bassist of the Year Nominated

National Campus Band Competition[edit]

The National Campus Band Competition is an Australia-wide live music competition specifically for tertiary students. Bands participate in heats to win the chance to represent their state in the finals. After winning their heat in the ACT, Moaning Lisa attended the final performance at Melbourne venue Nothcote Social Club, winning three days of studio time where they would record their first EP, and cash prize. Previous notable winners include Jebediah and Eskimo Joe. [23]


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  2. ^ "PREMIERE: Moaning Lisa reject traditional femininity on The Sweetest".
  3. ^ Baker, Emily (2 December 2016). "Canberra band Moaning Lisa takes stand against 'buffoons'". The Canberra Times.
  4. ^ a b "Premiere: Moaning Lisa make their intentions clear on big new single, Carrie (I Want a Girl)". PILERATS.
  5. ^ Nardi, Andrew (19 January 2018). "Local Queer Punk Legends, Moaning Lisa Premiere 'Carrie (I Want A Girl)' Music Video With Tons Of Cameos". BMA Magazine.
  6. ^ "Hayden Fritzlaff's (Class of 2012) band Moaning Lisa, Triple J Unearthed winners – Radford Collegians' Association".
  7. ^ Furby, Taylor (4 July 2018). "Moaning Lisa Discuss New Music, Girls To The Front and BIGSOUND".
  8. ^ Gray, Nick. "Mitski, Moaning Lisa @ Corner Hotel". The Music. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Listen to Moaning Lisa's new single "Inadequacy"". NME Australia. 30 June 2021. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  10. ^ "NewMusicFriday: James Blake, Sam Teskey, Moaning Lisa and more out now!". ARIA Charts. 8 October 2021. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  11. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 18 October 2021". The ARIA Report. No. 1650. Australian Recording Industry Association. 18 October 2021. p. 6.
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  17. ^ ""Something" - single". Apple Music. 25 March 2021. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
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  19. ^ "NLMA announce 2018 nominees and Live legend". NLMA. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  20. ^ "Winners of the 2018 NLMA". NLMA. December 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  21. ^ "HERE ARE YOUR 2019 NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES!". NLMA. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  22. ^ "AND THE WINNERS OF THE 2019 NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS ARE…". NLMA. 5 December 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  23. ^ "Hall of Fame". campusmusic. Retrieved 12 September 2020.