We arrived at the location of latest Sofar Sounds after a few pints in a pub. Billed as “intimate, secret gigs all around the world” this is my maiden voyage to one of these events. Within a beautiful condo in the residential district of Thonglo, the Sofar Sounds crew of volunteers have set up sound, lighting and a whisky bar for a crowd of millennial Thais and expats. A few weeks earlier I learned my favorite new Jinta were playing and Andy (Underground ) has learned the identities of the other bands: Yellow Fang and Summer Dress. Andy's never seen Yellow Fang live before so it's good he's here. It's a rainy, gloomy day and a sense of loss permeates the damp muggy, air. The music community was mourning the loss of Prachathip "Singha" Musikapong, guitarist of Sqweez Animal and Wanarat "Tung" Chaiyapan of shoegaze band, Assajan Jakgawan. As for the bands assembled, these losses hit very close to home with Yellow Fang performing a song in tribute to Singha and Jinta performing an Assajan Jakgawan cover.
At the beginning of show the spacious condo was near capacity with seemingly every square meter occupied. It was a surprising turnout for a 4-day holiday weekend, but all who attended would not be disappointed with the stand out performance by Jinta. The band led by a slight, youthful songwriter named Nuttee 'Tea' Witchukriengkrai mesmerized the audience of music fans with introspective, melancholic hymns. The accompanying violinist, Teerwat Ukris (last seen in Philosopher Brothers), made your soul bleed and I discovered there were emotions buried deep I had not felt in years.
Watch Jinta perform "Reverse" at Sofar Sounds in Bangkok.