Here’s a combo breaker: The last 4 Moonshine gigs I shot in 2011, at Laundry Bar, The Curve! This is Reza the organizer.
Starting off the 11th August 2011 Moonshine was Az Samad, fingerstyle guitar maestro.
Gabba Gabba in the band lounge area.
Then it was their turn!
A keytar, or at least held as one.
They did some funky disco…
…and some rock and roll.
Pump your fists and dance to the music.
Then came the groovy Bassment Syndicate.
Keyboards, not of the neck-slung variety.
These guys did a bit of Edgar Winter Group – Frankenstein!
Then it was the cheery, happy Bihzhu!
What key is happy in, again?
The band. Interestingly, the band I first knew Nicole Foo Bih Zhu for, Rhapsody, was just her and Ywenna on keyboards. Her band here has a lot of instruments but no keyboards!
Oh, and her harmonica!
She’s got one heck of a voice and a lot of emotion.
29th September 2011 was when the sound engineer decided to bathe everybody in one color at a time. Here’s Reza getting a healthy dose of gamma radiation.
Dzamira Dzafri has this power hippie girl voice.
I know this is unrelated, but her expression in this picture reminds me of Dave Mustaine a bit.
Melina watches on in the crowd.
She gets a rare bit of color thanks to the transition between lights.
If not for shooting in RAW and changing the white balance later, I’d have to do a fair bit of white balance setting on the job.
A cast remains mostly because that’s as far as I can pull it.
Zalila Lee and her band!
Melina with an electric double bass.
Kevin on drums.
Julian on bass.
20th October 2011, with Amir Jahari!
This young fella writes some very catchy and memorable songs. He was also in Akademi Fantasia season 9.
Supporters/promoters for the next band…
Post-rock band Silent Scenery!
This was a time when Kit was still in town…
…to bring the full wave of sonic mayhem.
Ivan and his Jazzmaster.
Then after the post-rock was post-punk…
…no, wait, new wave.
Dancy electronic-tinged music.
Long time no see Ham, but this time he was playing for…
His songs remind me of many things – Stopgap, for example, is a Weezer-like classic.
There are also electronic bleeps (I bought his albums online at his site. Gotta dig the digital-only extra content!)
Then there is the irresistable Blur-esque pop anthem, Fantastic Adventure, that he did with Liyana Fizi (seen in the audience here!)
He then pimped a limited cassette tape edition of his album, Yesterday Is A Distant Dream. Any Chinese-looking guy with a British accent and thick glasses will remind me of Kai of DigitalRev TV.
Unfortunately, I had to miss November’s Moonshine because I had a dermatological emergency. So this is from the 15th of December 2011.
This is Aiqa Halim.
Supported by Aron Teo.
…and a surprise guest for electronic beats.
This would be the new Halfway Kings, one with an ever changing format, but always sticking to Adeline and Joachim at the least. By ever-changing, it could be an electric or acoustic guitar, Adeline or Joachim could be handling the delay/loop pedal, and there may be a drummer, or not.
I would call it angry poetic music.
Insert Japanese ten-ten joke here.
Clara and Narmi from the VIP area. Well I call it the VIP area.
Mia Palencia! She brings much needed Christmas festivity.
Zalila is looking cool, as always.
Kevin Theseira on bass.
Mia and Reza do their classic duet.
They play indie pop.
Often, when I focus on the instrument, the musician’s head is in the same plane of focus, but this is one such case where it wasn’t so. Nevertheless as long as either the face, instrument or whatever cool shirt they’re wearing is in focus, I figure it’s alright.
The night ended with jiwang king Narmi.
As always, supported by Remy J. on guitar. They both have the same Godin guitar!
Moe Joe on all sorts of percussion. In fact, he’s sitting on one such percussion instrument!
The soundman seemed to be missing, but he was really controlling the levels with an iPad app. Wicked!
I didn’t know it, but this would be the last Moonshine at Laundry for a while.