The Moonlandingz Mourn ‘The Strangle of Anna’
As far as we know, the 1969 Moon landing wasn't staged — but the Moonlandingz sure as hell were. The psych supergroup — which comprises Fat White Family members Lias Saoudi and Saul Adamczewski, and personnel from the British electronic avant-garde outfit the Eccentronic Research Council — started as science fiction; more specifically, Fat White Family and Eccentronic Research Council's 2015 collaborative album, Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine ... I'm Your Biggest Fan, a concept record detailing the Moonlandingz' encounters with a stalker superfan.
In time, that narrative would become reality; last October, the real Moonlandingz released a 10-inch EP via Lennon and Muhl's label, Chimera Music. Now, they're gearing up to release their debut full-length, Interplanetary Class Classics, out March 24 via the same label. Co-produced by Lennon and mixed by Dave Fridmann (the Flaming Lips, MGMT), the record features a bevy of special guests, including Lennon, Yoko Ono, The Human League's Phil Oakey and, most head-scratchingly, Randy Jones (better known as the Cowboy from the Village People). Slow Club's Rebecca Taylor appears on the LP as well, on the track "The Strangle of Anna," which the band unveiled today. Awash in muddied guitars and soft melodies, it's a woozy, wonderful pop dreamwork reminiscent of the Velvet Underground — the graceful foil to Fat White's infamous gross-outs. Listen below.
The Moonlandingz's debut album, Interplanetary Class Classics, hits shelves March 24 via Chimera Music. Pre-order it here.