Not such a smallroom
Bangkok indie label flexes its muscles
Over the years, the smallroom label has churned out an army of top quality artists. Being one of the few independent labels still operating, smallroom has scored both hits and suffered misses, but in an attempt to confirm its place in the local indie Hall of Fame, the label is staging its first major showcase of its roster of artists, ‘‘Another Sound in the Room’’, on October 8.
The concert will feature the bright young things of today’s music. Death of a Salesman, Goose, Lemon Soup and Slur have been selected to serve up hot dishes of another side of smallroom.
‘‘People normally associate smallroom with twee or Swedish pop, but in fact we have all kind of sounds in our stable. So we want to display another factor that makes smallroom whole: The rockier, the more experimental part. These four bands possess unique sounds that also represent smallroom,’’ said label founder Rungroj Uppatumpotiwat.
The veterans would be Death of a Salesman, who have been around longer than anyone else on the bill. Chaturavidh Chattalada and Prin Amornsupasiri’s 2003 debut album is now recognised as one of the most innovative and daring releases of the decade, thanks to its eclectic, eccentric pop-rock. Muchloved among indie music scenesters and the alternative media,
Death of a Salesman provide a different experience live as they charge the audience with a raw energy and spaced-out noise pop inferno. Though the boys haven’t released anything new for three years and have mostly faded from the scene, their first gig in many months should signal their comeback.
Goose’s live shows should no longer need persuasion. It’s almost like taking pictures with the tanks. You know Goose is heavy stuff that you shouldn’t mess with, but you want to be there anyway. With their second album, 20 Guns Pointing in Your Face, creating a buzz among music lovers, the post rock/shoegazing quintet have become an all-time favourite with non-mainstream concert promoters. Chatty, sweet lads in real life, Goose cater to a more gloomy side of experimental rock a la Sigur Ros and Radiohead. Their live shows are spellbinding and capable of luring the audience into a hypnotic, contemplative soundscape.
Lemon Soup are somehow less complicated. Their earnest college rock sounds have proven to be a hit with many. Formed at Chulalongkorn University, Lemon Soup play with the hearts and souls of veteran tunesmiths even if they are still considered rookies on stage. With a hit song Rawang Tang (On the Way) making its mark, it’s time to see whether there’s a lemon in this soup.
Last but not least are the youngest of them all, Slur. If hype is looked upon as a bad thing, Slur, touted to be one of the biggest bands this year, are one of a few trendy groups that could change your perception. Garage rock revivalists may be nothing to swoon at, but Slur do it with such oomph and fitting melodies that it becomes too hard not to shake your bits along. First single, Rok Jit (Psycho), is currently number one in Fat Radio’s chart while the album is due to be released in a matter of weeks. As a bonus, Slur always dress to impress when they go on stage!
‘‘Another Sound in the Room’’ has also commissioned cutting edge visual artists, B.O.R.E.D and Ductstore to collaborate for the first time.
So, if you’re a music fan, have refunded your Robbie Williams ticket and tired of catching exciting bands at ramshackle venues, here’s your chance to be a part of this not so smallroom.
Death of a Salesman
Goose ‘Another Sound in the Room’, with Death of a Salesman, Goose, Lemon Soup and Slur is on October 8 at Moonstar Studio 1, Meng Jai. Tickets cost 300 baht each and are now on sale at thaiticketmaster.com. Call 02-714-4423 for more information.