By Dave Crimaldi
This month packs it in with both international music events and loads of events featuring local artists. For electronic music fans, there’s a major event happening as Comet Records celebrates 4 years by presenting Comet artists’ performances throughout the month. Instead of having an onslaught of 12 performances squeezed into one exhausting night, there is simply one event per weekend. Some of the highlights for me include Naked/Astronaught—I saw them a few years ago at Noise Market and fell in love with the trance inducing trip hop. If you like down tempo (Portishead, Massive Attack) check this band out on opening night at Soy Sauce Factory (24 Charoen Krung Rd) on July 2nd. Another performance I’m looking forward to is Nymph Hutakom—last time I saw her was at the 2014 Stone Free 3 festival where she hypnotized the audience with the lyrics “I will make you calm”. Don’t miss her performance on July 23rd at Third World Bar (Silom Soi 4). Another Comet gig to check out is Unda on July 9th at Jam (41 Soi Rong Nam Kang). This suave producer/rapper seems to attract a small following of female fans. Each show is B200 on the door, or buy a B600 full 4-show pass. Check the Comet Records BKK Facebook page for more details.
You can also catch one of Thailand’s most famous music exports, the Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, at Studio Lam (Sukhumvit Soi 51) on July 6th, while interesting international bands coming to town include The Radio Department, and indie pop outfit The Fin, from Japan, on July 9th at Live RCA Bangkok (92-94 RCA Alley) with local support from Fwends and TELEx TELEXs.
Also on July 9th it’s Sound A House—imagine a bunch of kids throwing a party in their parents house—which has a pretty sweet lineup, including Hariguem Zaboy (one of my favourite bands; a lot like My Bloody Valentine), Hope the Flowers, Summer Dress, and Zweedz n’ roll. Tickets are B250 at the door, which includes one drink (31 Soi Srinakarin 57, behind Paradise Park).
Another July highlight is the multi-day festival brewing at Whiteline on Silom Soi 8, called Sugar Belly. Each evening of the festival promises to be thematic, and the electronic experimentation performance by Plern Pan Perth (aka Thanart ‘Pete’ Rasanont) from LA-LA—scheduled for the electronica and looping night—should definitely not be missed! The entire 4-day event is a joint production between an alliance of promoters including RhuBarb & CusTard, Nowhere End and Summer Sun Records.
Elsewhere, on July 23rd at the Soy Sauce Factory, legendary hard rock band Brand New Sunset will host a party for their latest CD, and finally, on July 30th, Summer Sun Records is promoting a show at Tales of Gold Mine at Central World with Brand New Sunset, and In Vice Versa scheduled to perform.
The electronica duo LA-LA, made up of Thanart ‘Pete’ Rasanont and Teerapong ‘Pipe’ Bumrungsheep, released another single last April called “ICU”. While I struggle to describe the music, it is nevertheless refreshing. The opening verses build tension with minimalism, and then blossom into a symphony before exploding—imagine floating away on a cloud of fairy dust. Surprisingly enough, the duo bring a full band with them on the rare occasions they perform live. At this time, “ICU” is available online from BandCamp, along with their other equally transcendent singles including “Rongtao”, but the band has also just released a mini-album entitled Waddee, which is available via the band’s Facebook page.