Once, when asked about the independent movie scene, the director Todd Solondz replied: “Bullshit! The only independent director I know is George Lucas, who has enough money to make whatever he wants to”. This statement always comes into my mind every time that I listen to an “independent” album that is as comfortable and well produced as something we would expect of a major label release.
I had that feeling when I listened to The Moonlandingz, who played last Tuesday, 28th, at The Hare and Hounds. The group is formed by the singer of The Fat White Family – Lias Saoudi (who uses the persona of Johny Rocket), and the members of the Eccentronic Research Council. They recently released their first LP, The Interplanetery Class Classics, on the 24th March – a healthy, clean, brilliant and comfortably independent album.
However, when it comes to the actual live performance, the band, which was originally just a fictional concept, seems a bit lacking in chemistry or maybe just little too ‘correct’. Everything is in its right place – the singer’s little jokes between the songs, the enthusiasm of the drummer, the punctuality of the show.
Lias takes the stage holding a bottle of water and half a pack of beer. He was wrapped in cling film, holding a photo of Kriss Akabusi on his torso. They start with the glam rock Glitter band beat of Vessels helped along by the stomping of the crowd’s feet. The catchy psychedelic Sweet Saturn Mine follows and, at this point, the photo of Akabusi starts to mix with his sweat and rips up under the film, blending into his body.
The show continued with no real surprises. The fifty minutes goes quickly as the band plays all of the dreamy, dark, psychedelic hits from the album, and just as it started to heat up, with the very energetic Man In Me Lyfe , it was over. No vomiting, masturbation, nudity or any of the things that Lia’s fans are used to seeing. But it could just be that the fictional identity of Johnny Rocket is a bit more together.
Reviewer: Priscila Magalhaes Baker