A great gig is where you show up at a venue and enjoy the bands and their music. But the best gigs are the ones where there’s a buildup. The gasp you let out when you hear a band is coming to town, that feeling when you know your ticket is secured, the countdown of days, the pre-show anticipation, the moment when the band is finally there on stage and the songs are real and all around you.
And the best bands, they don’t even need people to know their music to make this happen, at least that’s the way it was with MEW and I. I heard about the gig, browsed their wealth of music online, feel in love with so many of their songs, and next things you know, I was going through the entire process I described above.
the best gigs are the ones where there’s a buildup … and the best bands, they don’t even need people to know their music to make this happen
And I don’t think I was alone, the was a real sense of anticipation in the buildup to the event and in the hall itself. In talking with people there, I saw that people had come for many reasons: to finally see the band they moved as a teenager play, to get inspiration, to discover something new.
Organized by HAVE YOU HEARD? this was MEW’s first ever performance in Bangkok and Vol 2.2 in the Singha Light Live Series, which we think is a partnership that’s totally working. Heck, I even like Singha Light now (as long as I comes in a huge cup or sets of 4, which it does). The venue Voice Space, which has become a second home for HAVE YOU HEARD? by now. Walking into Voice Space for me is always a nice moment. From the people hanging around near the main entrance, to the new beer garden setup outside by the pool, to the general merriment of the people hanging out everywhere, to the fantastic main hall. It’s easy to get familiar though and forget how fantastic a venue Voice Space is. The lighting and sound are absolutely top notch, and along with good organization, it provides nights that are magic, without you even noticing its happening.
I got to the concert a bit late and didn’t catch all of the first act, Bomb At Track, but from what I heard from others, they were an energetic volcano, completely capturing the crowd’s full attention, quite different from the acts that followed them but not having any problem with it and at one point dramatically roaring on the crowd, middle fingers to the sky, to which the crowd followed suit. I can see why they were recently signed by Wayfer Records and I wish them the best both here and in the region.
It was one of the most beautiful moments I’ve ever experienced at a concert.
Summer Dress were up next. One of the most exciting local indie bands of the moment, they were absolutely stellar. They sang songs from their recently released album like D-OK, which is currently charting really well, and within good reason. I think some people may have a different opinion from me on this, but I do feel like their sound really strikes me as a maturing sound. They have the rock moments where it seems that they want to just enjoy themselves and let loose, and the moments that really are the signature them where they have amazing bits and pieces that pull you in. I’ve liked everything about this band recently, from their new singles to their album art to the way they released their new album. It’s the sort of things that win new fans over and I think they won over quite a few on the night as well, with a few people noting to me how they hadn’t heard them before but loved them.
It was all just setting things up nicely for the big finale and MEW did not disappoint. Premiering live their new record “Visuals”, their set was a good mix of classics and newer material, and they played a whopping 4 songs live for the first time ever including “In A Better Place”, “The Wake Of Your Life”, “Ay Ay Ay” and “Nothingness and No Regrets / Seasons”. They kicked off with “In A Better Place”, sung live for the first time, followed by another new song “85 Videos” with “Special” right after, and the crowd loved every moment of it. They are just so clearly a band whose quality and ability to create fantastic tracks has not at all diminished over time. Watching lead vocalist Jonas Bjerre, he just seems list in the songs, as of he is feeling every word he’s singing.
Their wonderfully long set continued with 13 songs (not including encores) and I felt like the crowd absolutely adored songs like “Satalittes” and “Making Friends”. I was a rather subdued crowd, but not in a bad way. I’ve seen videos of their concerts in Europe and the crowds there tended to sing along loudly, but the Bangkok fans were calmer, mouthing the lyrics to themselves, soaking up every moment.
We go through life without enough feeling … but not this night. This night was an escape. We all got to feel a little bit of something, and that made it magical.
They ended with an encore of 4 songs, ending with what I felt was their best track of all, “Comforting Sounds”. It was one of the most beautiful moments I’ve ever experienced at a concert. It’s just what great music does, it makes the world stand still, it makes your heart skip a beat, it makes you think about your life and relationships. It makes you feel.
We go through life without enough feeling – robotic work, in your face marketing. But not this night. This night was an escape. We all got to feel a little bit of something, and that made it magical.
Images courtesy of HAVE YOU HEARD?