I was looking forward to The Moonlandingz show since it was announced. Fat White Family played Whelans the year before and it was one of, if not, my gig of year. It was mayhem, it was a gig that stands out from everything else and this was my hopes for Lias Saoudi's other project, and I was not disappointed. They opened with three of their biggest songs, the type that you would have expected nearer the end of any other band's show. Immediately the crowd was going nuts for them. From a shooting perspective (I didn't shoot the FWF gig) it seemed a bit easier of a shoot than the Fat White's show but it was still mayhem and a mad experience at the front of the crowd, with no photo pit, and battling against the current as everyone moshed. The lights were consistent, the only time I'd change settings was when Lias jumped into the crowd.
Lias, or Johnny Rocket as he is known in this venture, was wrapped in cling film, with a roll of kitchen paper tucked inside, smeared with oil/Vaseline and black painted eyebrows. He writhed around on stage, jumped into the crowd, crawled around the stage and clung to Rebecca Lucy Taylor during their duet on the Strangle of Anna. It was a spectacle and another gig the likes of which you rarely see these days. If you've not seen them yet, then what are you waiting for? Go!!
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