by Bill Pearis

photo: The Moonlandingz @ Berlin earlier this month (more by PSquared)
The Moonlandingz at Berlin

As mentioned The Moonlandingz (aka Lias & Saul of Fat White Family + Eccentronic Research Council) are putting out an expanded U.S. edition of their debut EP this week (10/30), featuring a de-mix of "Sweet Saturn Mine" and some new instrumentals that weren't on the original UK release. ERC's Adrian Flanagan told us a little about the EP's creation and MO:

The EP is made up of full on sexy, adult, pop magic, interspersed with spooky instrumental music that gives a nod and a sneaky french kiss to artists such as John Carpenter, Joe Meek and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, whilst simultaneously mocking the paracetamol fueled, faux psychedelic halfwit bands that permeate and clog up the venues of the world. We are inviting them to lay their heads in the road, whilst we grudgingly spread our matter on their girlfriends' faces. Put the record on and you'll find danger and a good ride on every side.

You can pre-order The Moonlandingz EP via Chimera or iTunes. Two of the tracks exclusive to the US release -- song "Psych Ersatz" and instrumental "Blow Football with J Carpenter" -- make their premiere in this post and you can stream them (and watch videos for both versions of "Sweet Saturn Mine") below.

The Moonlandingz made their North American live debut earlier in October when they played a terrific show at East Village club Berlin. They were over recording their debut album at co-producer Sean Lennon's upstate NY studio. Flanagan shared a little bit about the recording process with us:

We've got 17 tracks recorded, enough for an album and maybe a follow up EP. So far, it's sounding incredible, there's a lot of different genres on there: deranged glam rock songs about self discovery in foreign countries, east European electronic rockabilly about the fuckers who run our country in the UK, truck driving songs about prostitute killers, there's a track called "The Rabies are Back" that sounds a bit like vintage Devo, there's sensual ballads about strangling your lover, a track about indie rock stars acting like pricks called "Drop It Fauntleroy (The Ballad of A.Turner)" and this massive heavy psychedelic Bollywood type track. Yeah it's gonna knock some socks off, might have a few guests on it too, just got to mix it all first before we plan a release date. I'm guessing late summer for the album, maybe a single in the interim.

Working with Sean was great, he really put the hours in and has contributed to a lot of the tracks on the record, playing musical saw, glass harps, Victorian funfair organs, banjo's, sitars and lapsteel guitar, he's practically a member of the group. Musically, he's on the same wave length as us and he's a funny fucker, he spent the early hours of one morning, post recording, reciting the lyrics to the Osmonds track "Crazy Horses" to us, he could not believe that such mind blowing lyrics existed in popular music, have you read them though? Utter POPPYCOCK!!!!

Well that album sounds like something to look forward to. Before that, Fat White Family will release their second album in January.

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