My taste in music goes beyond music. Rock N Roll is attitude AND musical ability. But for bands like the Sex Pistols - let's face it Sid Vicious couldn't play 4 consecutive notes very well, however, they had so much attitude who could resist them? It's not all about talent and skill - it's about belief, passion, drive to transcend limits.....
Brace yourselves for The Sangsom Massacre!
There's a newly formed band in Bangkok called The Sangom Massacre. Once they arrived, it seemed like they had always been here. The attitude has always been here; the spirit; bohemian affinity for 60's psychedelica culture, Iggy Pop, literature and Dionysus. They may die young but they will be remembered. OK, so what do I like about this band and why should anyone go see them. One of the number one things I look for in bands is attitude and work ethic. You can take a talented virtuosos who never practices or writes a song... but is he any better than a band of gypsies that have to work hard at it and produce original music and perform live on an ongoing basis? The Sex Pistols worked hard and became the definition of punk (they also had Malcolm McClaren). The Pistols had nowhere to go but up - 4 working class London teenagers with no job prospects - why not start a revolution and pogo through the streets? I had a chance to interview the band after a rehearsal at Bangkok's EQ Studio. They were polite, well-behaved and articulate... and also hungry - they are ready to take on the world, quit the day jobs and tour with the Rolling Stones. Ambition... I like that - you only get one chance at life then it's all over. Massacre's singer/ songwriter, Niall Murray, hails from Glasgow known to be the UK's most violent city... but also the friendliest. He draws his influences from Bob Dylan, The Smiths, Iggy Pop, The Doors, The Stones.
He is supported by Joey Massacre on guitar, Ulysses on drums, Jeppe on bass and Marlene on backing vocals. This is a band on my watch list because their hella nice people and like I said they are hungry to make it in the music business. They rehearse 3 times a week and live and breathe rock n roll - there's no room for faking it. If you don't believe you belong on stage then get off of it . The Massacre have convinced me they have what it takes to make it in the business - they want it, they will work for it, and they won't quit. It's pretty damn inspiring. Their last public sightings were at Fatty's Bar and Diner and Harmonica. The Sangsom Massacre will be performing somewhere in Bangkok on May 17th in a show sponsored by Popscene. Find The Sangsom Massacre on Facebook.