Blink 182 and Green Day, Florida's New Found Glory have found themselves
darlings of MTV with their brand of hardcore pop punk which have found
their way into many a student's MP3 player. In a career that now spans
thirteen years the band have had a steady line up that almost goes back
to their beginnings.
I've never really taken any notice of the band before this evening being
a classic rock lover myself. I only attended the gig as I had seen the
Eagles the night before and thought I may as well stay in Bangkok for
just one more night and give myself an excuse to soak up another gig in
the City of Angels.
Cultural Centre was opened in 1987 by H.M the King Bhimibol Adulyadej as
part of his 60th year anniversary celebrations and features four stages
including an outside ampitheatre in some very plush surroundings which
is a welcome retreat from the hot and sweaty hustle and bustle of
Bangkok city life.
Unfortunately no alcohol is sold on these grounds which meant for once I
actually watched the whole gig without being distracted by the bar. It
also meant that i got to see a superb support band. Brand New Sunset
are a young Thai five piece who rock just as hard if not harder than
Funeral For A Friend or Dear Superstar.
albums already released in their native land Brand New Sunset delivered
a killer punch with some shredding guitar work from Chai and Karn.
singer Toon had the young crowd moshing early on forming the first
circle pit of the night. With some songs featuring English lyrics like
the catchy 'Say Goodbye' Brand New Sunset have the ability to be the
first rock band to break out of Thailand into the mainstream. Check out
www.brandnewsunset.com for more information for these Sony signings.
Glory are welcomed like long lost heroes as it is their first visit
to these lands. Immediately the place erupts to the first chords of
'Understatement'. Like a fool I decided to wear flip-flops to this gig,
so I took the wise decision to stand at the back and just observe a
crazy night. Not only that but I didn't fancy losing my footwear and
walk home barefooted crunching a few cockroaches with my bare feet en
This was fun
with a capital F. The Thai's went beserk for the loveable Americans who
were here to party.
the gig many stagedivers clamoured onto the stage and full credit to the
band who didn't flinch once during the gig, everyone was welcome to be
part of the show.
fancied grabbing hold of the mic to sing a few lines, that was fine, if
you wanted to ask Cyrus Bolooki for a drum stick mid set, that was fine
too, or even how about a autograph or a picture? Yes, you get the
I was amazed
how everyone knew the words to hits like the poppy rocker 'It's Not Your
Fault'. A cover of the Sixpence None The Richer 'Kiss Me' sent the place
into overdrive before another mass stage invasion for set ender 'Hit Or
Miss' that must of had over fifty people on stage by this time.
Chad Gilbert had fans on his shoulders, singer Jordon Pundik was rugby
tackled from behind from a over excited fan, but that didn't stop his
from his tracks as he casually swung him around on his back whilst not
missing a word.
so many sweaty shirtless young men jumping onto the stage that at times
looked like a go-go bar on the opposite side of the street off Pat Pong
expressed their gratitude to the promoters for bringing them to this
land and said this was the most fun they've had in years, I could
believe it. Pundik said he was going to get a tattoo on his leg
''Bangkok 2011'' he won't be the last farang to do that.
ended with a storming 'My Friends Over You', the band couldn't leave the
stage that easily as they were mobbed by more fans trying to grab any
kind of souvenir they could get their hands on.
certainly made themselves the international superheroes fo hardcore
tonight. There was only one word to sum up this evening...AWESOME!
Set list: Understatement / Better Off Dead / Truck Stop Blues / All
Downhill From Here / Something I Call Personality / Don't Let Her Pull
You Down / Hold My Hand / Tip Of The Iceberg / Failure's Not Flattering
/ Dressed To Kill / Forget My Name / Listen To Your Friends / Head On
Collision / It's Not Your Fault / Truth Of My Youth / Sincerly Me / Kiss
Me / Hit Or Miss ...encores ... Situations / Sonny / Intro / My Friends
photo by Mark Taylor
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