Apologies for getting this out so late. Work has been killing me. I met up with Degaruda about four weeks ago at their practice space. Check out the interview-podcast on Soundcloud down below. Have a listen to hear Dino, Top, Van, Phil and I discuss Bangkok music, bands, influences and have a ton of fun and laughs. At the end they do a song and the levels on Phil's bass peaked - nevertheless they were awesome. Too much power for my little Zoom recorder. Find Degaruda on Facebook.
I will indulge you for just a moment with some personal information: life is busy. Having time constraints as well as financial limitations has somehow opened up the portal of creativity and fulfillment. But enough about me... what's coming up ahead
A Best of Fatty's Fest podcast is in the works - I am still writing it so bare with me. The format isn't exactly clear yet but obviously it would include music, but first i have to get clearances from the bands and then I need to figure out the best way to present the music. A friend of mine told me he wanted me to sample 30 seconds of a song and then expound on it like a musicologist - I thought bands would mutiny. Still working it out. In the most ideal setting I would have a podcast almost like an old radio show - you know, like Dick Clark and you introduce a song, take requests - kids these days are removed from how the music industry worked when I was growing up! Any ideas are appreciated.
I will be doing an extended post/podcast with the very amazing Indie Lord, Ben Edwards of the band Basement Tape and his own brilliant solo project, Plastic Section. I am looking forward to Plastic Section at Zoo on Friday 7 June, Hemingway's on Saturday 8 June, and Basement Tape Saturday night at Harmonica. Several weeks ago I met and interviewed Ben but there are some tech issues with the live audio capture... hopefully you had a chance to see Plastic Section open for King Khan and BBQ Show on Saturday night at Cosmic Cafe. I thought Plastic Section stole the show from the headliner.
Interview is set up for the DC punk-styled band, Degaruda - they are pretty damn awesome and I listen to them while at office. I've been passing it around to all my old friends that were into Fugazi and all those Dischord bands. At Fatty Fest several of my friends remarked, they just blew the roof off the place - tight, energetic, melodic - Ian McKaye would have been proud. Dino says a major influence was Jawbox which was also on Dischord. This band reminds me of being in college in the 90's in Philly.
I met up with John Bailey of the metalcore band The Fallen Versus Fate. A great band to incite riots with... or overthrow a government. We had a fun time traveling to TFVF band practice in Lad Phrao at the start of a 3 day weekend. The Fallen Versus Fate won the Hard Rock Cafe Battle of the Bands. I had the unique opportunity to watch the band rehearse and they are really tight an hard working. Total respect! Got a lot of great photos in the rehearsal studio.
Vinni Kiniki, the Bangkok-based graphics designer and I will connect this week and I will observe him making art and report my findings. I have seen a lot of Vinni's work - think he gets paid to graffiti people's walls. Will be meeting him on site where he's be painting. Basically, I see his stuff and think he's one of the best. he's also a hell of a nice guy and a drummer buddy - we drummers stick together.
Very recently I said goodbye to a friend, John Colgan, of the garage rock band, Bone Clone, as well as Dr. Blues and blues guitarist Kevin Redlich of late. John has headed back to the UK. I interviewed John at Det 5 for an hour about the Bangkok music scene, bands and drums. He's a great, supportive friend, fantastic drummer and all around great dude. He will be missed and his presence is irreplaceable. Come back anytime John!
I will continue my coverage of Matthew and the Fishes, Bangkok's only real Americana band - they will be playing at AMCHAM 4th of July Picnic so look out! Matthew is also the proprietor of Fatty's Bar & Diner - last Monday on his day off, I met up with he and Kae and we got properly intoxicated at El Diablo's Burritos without falling on the floor. With the bar off the ground, let's hope we see them gigging around town more often.
The Sangsom Massacre have a bunch of shows coming up. They just played a kickass show at Overstay with my pals Bone Clone. They will be playing with Dead Elvis, TSOS and Rocket Science at a Popscene event at Cosmic Cafe@RCA on the 20th of June. You don't want to miss these lads as they are superb live - total rock n' roll.
So many of you know, John Colgan the drummer has left. Bone Clone is sans a drummer and Spike is out of town for the summer. What will Bangkok do with out a Bone Clone? Maybe launch a Bone Clone Tribute act? We can get Ben on bass! The Clone's Fatty's Fest set is on heavy rotation on my iTunes. I listen to it at work before I have to go war with teenagers.
I want to thank all of you for supporting my efforts - without you their would be nothing to philosophize about. I would simply be taking photos of food and monitor lizards at Lumpini Park. There is something special happening here and I am obsessed with documenting it. I love I when my photos get used - it keeps me motivated. Coming home at 4am with 500-700 photos that need to be examined can be daunting. In the future, I want to delve more into audio podcast - livecats out in the field with live bands as well as video. I'm not really a photographer but thank you for your appreciation - I do my best to deliver the best photos I can.
See you at the shows.