We traversed the Bangkok galaxy for any signs of rock and roll, and we found it! There are several live music events this month for which you might want to mark on your calendar and book the babysitter. On June 3, the hybrid rock band Degaruda bring their earth shattering hell storm of a performance to Nong Taprachan Music Shop where you can purchase their new CD Monstrous Victorious. You can also catch them at Soy Sauce Factory on June 4 with the legendary Brand New Sunset, Brain Scrubber and Cold Black Vines, a new rock band featuring members of Abuse the Youth and the defunct, yet unforgotten, BTS and Deadtown Trash.
On June 10th an Australian rock band—gloriously named Eat Laser Scumbag!—plays Fatty’s Bar & Diner (598/66 Asoke-Dindaeng Rd) with local support by The Sangsom Massacre and FITS. It’s a free show and the promoter requests you leave lasers, firearms, and vibrating devices at home. On the same night, Det 5 bar (Sukhumvit Soi 8) celebrates its 25th anniversary with a party. Once home to an eclectic group of musical misfits (including the Wisconsin songwriter and founder of Fatty’s, Matthew Fischer), Det 5’s regular live music is gone but we still have the memories. Entry is B300, which includes T-shirt and buffet, and all proceeds go to the school for underprivileged kids (located across the street).
If at any time you see that Yaan is playing at Studio Lam (Sukhumvit Soi 51), go and see them for a mystical blend of “contemporary world music” including the mind-scrambling sitar playing of Noparuj Satjawan. Meanwhile, there’s live music every night at Queen Bee on Sukhumvit Soi 26. What used to be known as Tokyo Joe’s, the blues bar founded by the late Jeff Thomsen, is still a solid place for no-nonsense, no-hipster music from a bygone period. If you are feeling nostalgic for classic rock bands that are no longer touring or living, then definitely check this place out.
It’s been over three years since I first saw the rock n’ roll band Plastic Section play a gig at Zoo on Prachathipthai Road. Since then I’ve seen the band countless times, taken photographs, conducted interviews and we’ve had some beers. When the band leader, songwriter Ben Edwards, revealed he’d be returning to his native Australia in the future, no one was hoping more that day would never come. But as the day draws near I am of a different mind. As I hold an advance copy of the CD Frenzy in the City of Hell in my hands—the retro 50s cover, the fonts that scream campy drive-in horror flicks, and the back cover with the song titles displayed over my photo of the band being silly—I imagine this cultural artifact making its way around the world. Favourite song is “Overboard” with its buildup of verses and finally a killer chorus that takes you by surprise. “City of Hell” is obviously a great song too, but then there are psychedelic musings like “City of Angles”, with lines like “A different set of fools makes a different set of rules.” Two albums ago we were listening to lyrics like “Living is easy when you’re living on chicken and wine.” Times have changed. It’s the end of an era, and time for the bird to fly, which is why this new album is such a fitting swan song.
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