The Moaners

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The Moaners
Origin Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2004 - 2011
Labels Holidays for Quince Records, Yep Roc Records
Associated acts Trailer Bride
Members Melissa Swingle
Laura King

The Moaners are a Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based Indie rock band. They were previously signed to Yep Roc Records.[1] In 2004, Melissa Swingle's band Trailer Bride broke up, and she formed The Moaners with drummer Laura King, formerly of the Chapel Hill band Grand National.[2]

The band is often compared to The White Stripes, as they are also a two-piece and employ a similar garage rock, bluesy style.[3][4] The dark, southern gothic elements of Trailer Bride are also evident; however a major difference is that The Moaners have more an electric, punk rock style.[5]

The band's first album, Dark Snack was produced by Rick Miller of the band Southern Culture on the Skids. Their next release, Blackwing Yalobusha was produced by former Squirrel Nut Zippers member Jimbo Mathus.

They appear in video documentary of the WV White Family titled "Jesco White Hellbilly Part 2".


Year Title Label
2005 Dark Snack Yep Roc
2007 Blackwing Yalobusha Yep Roc
2010 Nocturnal Holidays for Quince


  1. ^ "Yep Roc Records > Artist Info". Yep Roc Records. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "allmusic ((( The Moaners > Overview )))". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  3. ^ Malitz, David (January 2008). "The Moaners". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  4. ^ Lundy, Zeth (February 2, 2005). "The Moaners: Dark Snack - PopMatters Music Review". Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  5. ^ Messer, Kate (March 18, 2005). "Music: Review - The Moaners - The Austin Chronicle". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 

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