The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud * Mass For The Dead (bootleg 2cd 2001) -> L.A.A.

When I saw this release among someones files, I was unhappily surprised. I always thought that I own everything that TMLHBAC released. I never heard of this 2cd and a short search on the internet learned that this is a bootleg. This 2cd and an “l.a.a. studio” circulate in P2P networks and I badly wanted to get copies. Alzbeth has made a lengthy statement about this bootleg. It has but little to do with TMLHBAC, but actually contains two recordings of the pre-TMLHBAC band “L.A.A.” (the “l.a.a. studio” is cd 2 of “Mass For The Dead”), which are listed as “demo” and “studio”, but according to Alzbeth it is actually a studio recording and a tape recording. The bootleg is sold for ridiculous prices, so I don’t think that the band mind much that this material is now available from the internet. They of course object against the fact that this material was (re)released without their permission, but even more so that it is sold as TMLHBAC” material. But, as a big admirer of TMLHBAC I am very happy to have ran into this material. It is definately interesting and shows me how TMLHBAC developed. “L.A.A.” was Alzbeth, Julius and Andy, who later formed Vatican Children. The second cd (which should be listened first in my opinion) contains rather punky (electro punk to punkrock) material with guitar and Elzbeth’s vocals. The last song reminds of “Wanna Be Your Dog” of The Stooges by the way. The first cd opens with a long and weird soundscape that reminds of the first TMLHBAC album. The same goes for some of the other tracks, but there are also more guitar-oriented ‘punky’ tracks here. This first cd has a good sound and a few very nice tracks in which Elzbeth sounds a lot like Sinéad O’ Conner. Here and there are glimpses of elements to be found in later material, but the concept and especially the lyrics are rather.. ehm… simple. All in all very interesting material for the TMLHBAC fan and no need to search for Ebay for the bootleg now anymore. u

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