After the ergasmic Alien Stole My Whiskey, I finally got the opportunity to catch The Simon Yong Band live at this year’s Mosaic Music Festival.
The first set kicked off at 7pm at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, and without wasting any time, Simon Yong kicked off the first set with a brand new song that was written, one that was still untitled at the point of the performance. The chemistry between the band was evident, with the band managing to sound extremely tight despite the progressive and technical nature of Simon Yong‘s music, which often included rather unexpected time signature changes, especially for those who are unfamiliar with his solo material.
Throughout both sets that the band played on that night, Simon Yong included material from both his debut album, Alien Stole My Whiskey and covers from established musicians such as Jeff Beck. Each of the members of the band, including Joanna on keyboards, Brandon on drums and Yazeid on bass, are extremely talented on their instruments. While I have already witnessed Joanna’s and Brandon’s playing with Shirlyn & The UnXpected, it was the first time watching Yazeid performing, and the sheer amount of skills that he displayed just blew me away.
Furthermore, Simon Yong makes sure that the night was not just about him, as he let each of the band display their chops with solos that are incorporated into the songs that were performed. For example, on the title track Alien Stole My Whiskey, there were extended sections for the solos for each of the instruments. There was also an atmosphere of fun and joy during the performance, from Simon and Yazeid playing the bass together, to the banter between the band members on their last song of the night.
And also, the chemistry and sweetness between husband and wife:
More photos right here.
Anyway, here’s a taste of what went down last night: