The place looks a fair bit different since the last time I came, 15th February 2014, for a Jumero show.
They’ve soundproofed and crowproofed the place.
I love one particular quote here.
Hameer Zawawi, emcee and host for the night.
The Last One Awake (Christian Palencia) looks like he just woke up.
He’s got that Edward Scissorhands look.
Ian Tai was next!
And then, Hameer Zawawi played his entire album, in sequence!
Since I had an early version, with a sound of some metal thing dropping loudly in the background in the last song, I was half-expecting to hear it live, since I usually end up hearing the version in my head. This is why I can’t tell if live sound is good.
In a strange twist, that loud sound is also on the CD that I bought that night!
Spotted Herman Ramanado with a very even beard! Love the T-shirt, too.
24th January 2016: Moonshine Anniversary, at The Bee, Publika! Here’s emcee and organizer, Reza Salleh, introducing the show. This should make it a decade old.
But first, a most magnificent hair color, worn by Bihzhu (who played at the very first Moonshine.)
First up, a most multiracial band…
These guys play fusion worldly music, I guess.
I finally got to see the proper lineup. Here’s Farique on guitar.
Adil Johan returned from paternity leave to play saxophone.
The rest you’ve all seen before.
Some people asked why the show started with a loud, full band. I asked back why musicians release loud singles first before ballads, and why albums start with energetic songs. So why is it that shows start soft and go loud to the end?
One of the reasons, as I’d later find out, was to reduce setup time in-between acts. The biggest band would set up just before the show!
Jumero was next.
Beach boys keep it cool.
Beachy music. They turned up the rockishness that night, which I liked.
Melinya, sound engineer.
Earnest singer-songwriter from Penang!
Flanked by Sharon Chong…
I’d know them by Marques Young of The Bassment Syndicate!
This drummer is one half of the Juny Brothers. He has a killer patch, that when he hits, drops a bass sound that booms downwards and strikes you right in the chest. A most powerful, moving sound.
I’ve never seen Yvonne Chong like this!
Marques on trombone.
The other half of the Juny Brothers.
Crowd counts with them!
Love how he pimped up his Roland AX-Synth!
Brendan de Cruz took to the stage alone.
As such did Az Samad.
I love this blue backlight!
Last act of the night…
A traditional show-closer post-rock band with the volume level to match.
16th January 2016: Mary’s surprise birthday party! Mary is my metalhead friend who is so metal, she has decapitated flowers at her party. So brutal!
Surprise, there are performances! Here’s Mystery Tapes.
Rock and roll.
They did a cover of Backstreet Boys – Everybody and the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers theme song.
Gotta love the Epiphone non-reverse Thunderbird bass.
Beatrice & Anwar. I merged two shots together where the focus was different.
Beatrice then takes the guitar.
Not sure which band this is.
Fabien Thomas, who planned the surprise for his fiancee Miriam, picks up the microphone.
He became a rock star.
Anwar the shredder.
That grunge look.
Birthday cake time!
I don’t remember why I didn’t have any cake. It has nothing to do with me being Team Mustaine, by the way.
So metal, she has a hidden Mickey with 3 ears.
Velan, who runs BullsEye Pub, gets on drums.
Fabien then returns to bass.
Motorhead – Ace Of Spades was covered. We then wondered who would do a Lemmy tribute!
Jay sang, too!
Talking about momma’s briyani, for sure.
Abu sang Offspring – Self-Esteem. He has a damn cool job as a game scriptwriter. Seeing how games have barely any storyline, his role is rare!
It soon became a We-Are-The-World singalong, except that wasn’t the song.
Nicole-Ann surprised us all with a cover of Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven.
As they say, Fabien is spoiling the market for us guys, throwing an elaborate surprise party with gig for his fiancee. They, with a third person, run Zazz Productions, an event company with some pretty spectacular events, some of which I’ve been for.