Sold out concerts always make me wonder. Sure, some shows are pretty obvious. When an act like Katy Perry or Guns N’ Roses comes to Bangkok, of course there’s going to be a lot of response. And with Cigarettes After Sex as well, I can see how they have a lot of fans, but I still wonder and try to imagine the stories spread out over the crowd. Did some of the people here stumble onto their music on YouTube like I did? Are there people here from other countries? Will tonight be the perfect romantic moment that a couple has needed for some time? Voice Space is a big room and you can almost feel those emotions and stories all around you.
HAVE YOU HEARD? just keep on growing from strength to strength. I said this earlier this year when HONNE came and there show sold out as well, but HAVE YOU HEARD? are certainly not a small little company anymore doing some nice things. Sure, they remain as down to earth and independent as always, but they must be considered a major player now, one that has the ability and draw to bring in acts that other organizers can’t, and that’s a great thing for music lovers here in Bangkok.
The stage was frame with a light, wispy material that made the bands look like they were in the clouds, and it was a perfect backdrop for Cigarettes After Sex and the black and white color palette that they love to use
Once again, this concert – again part of the SINGHA LIGHT Live Series – was set at Voice Space and once again the decorum was impeccable. The stage was frame with a light, wispy material that made the bands look like they were in the clouds, and it was a perfect backdrop for Cigarettes After Sex and the black and white color palette that they love to use.
Up first on the night was Thom AJ. Madson, an experimental noise and ambience artist who performed a number of instrumental tracks interspersed with dialogue. He got a really good response from the audience and I loved how he kept himself very mysterious, shrouded in a cloak.
After him was Phum Viphurit, whose set I was very much looking forward to seeing. He’s played some big stages recently like Cat T-Shirt but this was clearly special from him, as HAVE YOU HEARD? are very supportive of him and a big fan of his work. He and his band played songs from his new album “Manchild” and it was just nice to see people drawn in by the music. At lots of concerts a large portion of the crowd just skips over the opening acts, but in this case people rushed toward to stage to listen. I even overheard a few people exclaim “who is this, it’s really good!” He finished off his set with his song “Adore” which he changed to a slower version, which was fantastic.
For me, I kind of selfishly wished people hadn’t shown up in numbers, as it was the sort of intimate performance you’d want to experience in a small space .. but still, that doesn’t take away from the fact that it was a poignant and romantic evening
By the time Cigarettes After Sex began, the hall was at full capacity, with people all the way to the very back wall. I’ve never seen Voice Space so full and you could feel the emotion of the crowd on specific songs. With large crowds though, there are drawbacks and I know some people complained of people talking to loud or an overdo on phone cameras rolling. The sound was perfect though and really represented the bands soft, almost tender tones very well. I loved how they sounded very much like their studio recordings in a hall where that must be difficult to do. They spoke between songs, talking about the meanings of each and thanking the crowd for coming. They started with “K.” and while the audience loved absolutely swooned over songs like “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby”, “Affection” and “Keep On Loving You”, which is a cover of REO Speedwagon. The room felt as if in a trance, dotted by the lights off phones recording moments. They ended with “Apocalypse” but came back quickly to play a one song encore, “Young & Dumb”.
It was a beautiful night. For me, I kind of selfishly wished people hadn’t shown up in numbers, as it was the sort of intimate performance you’d want to experience in a small space. But still, that doesn’t take away from the fact that it was a poignant and romantic evening, and how often can one day they’ve had one of those?
Images courtesy of HAVE YOU HEARD?