THE MOONLANDINGZ LIVE AT ROUGH TRADE NYC
The Moonlandingz began life as a fictional concept band, formed inside the mind of Sheffield outfit Eccentronic Research Council, more specifically Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer, in their 2015 album Johnny Rocket, Narcissist and Music Machine…I’m Your Biggest Fan. A short while after, the fictional band released their first EP, this time featuring Lias Saoudi and Saul Adamczewski from London psych-rockers, Fat White Family. Fast forward to the present day, where The Moonlandingz have somewhat abandoned their fictional status, with Saoudi taking on the role of frontman Johnny Rocket, and a critically acclaimed debut album under their belt. Today they take said album, Interplanetary Class Classics, on its first headline trip to the States, at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, NY.
Album and show opener Vessels kickstarted the wild and eccentric set with its aggressive drumbeat and heavy bassline, followed by singles “Black Hanz” and “Sweet Saturn Mine”, both of which are packed with a scuzzy, psychedelic yet somewhat futuristic vibe, entangled with carefully thought out lyrics and catchy hooks. All members of the band play their intricate parts to perfection, and the songs sound even bigger live than the studio versions.