Moses Campbell — The Smell — Los Angeles
"I wanted everyone to dress up for tonight."
— Pauline Lay, violin
For some reason, the Bible and soup pop in my mind when I think about this band. No matter how good chicken noodle is, Moses Campbell takes the cake when it comes to a full-bodied experience.
For their show at The Smell last Friday, the band celebrated the release of their latest album, "Expectations." Even with the room packed with heat so dense you could cut it with a cheese knife, the kids still went crazy for Campbell’s high-energy performance. There’s lots of people in the band, there’s even a violinist who adds complexity to what would be a raw, lo-fi band from Los Angeles. The coolest part: each band member, while still standing out, comes together to create some of the fullest sounds ever to jump off The Smell’s plywood stage.
Photographer’s note: Lay, who dawned a lovely black tool dress, off offhandedly mentioned that she wanted the rest of the band to dress up. Maybe it was for the big album release, or just for kicks and giggles. The band looked good, whether they were dressed up or not.
Photo/Words by: Angela Ratzlaff