Last week Rhye performed in Bangkok at “Singha Light Live Series Vol 3.1 – RHYE”, hosted by HAVE YOU HEARD?
The R&B band, fronted by Canadian singer Mike Milosh, are loved the world over for tracks like “Open” and “The Fall” have been touring since releasing their new album “Blood” in February, with dates in Europe and the US to come after their trip to Asia. While they did perform at Wonderfruit in the past, this was their first time playing in Bangkok.
The gig was at Voice Space, which continues to be a favorite venue of ours and it was thoughtfully decorated and a great social environment as usual. Bad traffic hindered much of the audience from getting to the venue in time for the first of two opening acts Zweed N ‘Roll. The 3 piece alternative band, which has been around since 2012 performed a number of tracks including “Always” and “A Moment”, which they released this year.
Milosh encouraged the audience to sing along, at one point saying “I’m sure there are ten more people who can sing” … the audience obliged, singing along till the very last note
Up next was My Life As Ali Thomas, a local favorite who we always look forward to seeing live. They struggled with some technical difficulties but powered through a solid set consisting of tracks like “Cordelia”, Daughters & Sons”, “Love to Lover” and “Kiss”. Watching My Life As Ali Thomas you can’t help but wish they toured more. Their songs and style is so well developed and they can really sway the emotions of an audience with their moody songs. The band ended with “Elephant”, which drew a solid applause, and then “Winter’s Love”. By this point the room was really full and you could feel the energy and anticipation for Rhye’s performance.
And the anticipation was cured with the most stunning of buildups. With a perfect mix of lighting, sound and vocals Rhye launched into their first track “3 Days”. Nothing quite prepares you for the perfection that is Milosh’s vocals, the room enchanted from the very first notes. The band followed with “Please”, the crowd joining in and clapping along with the song at the end, with “The Fall”, a crowd favorite, up next. As the song began, the screen lit up with visuals and the crowd cheered. They played the track better than perfect, Milosh ending the song with an endearing “how you doing Bangkok?”
The evening was near flawless, the sort of gig that reminds you what it’s like to feel romantic, which makes you feel in love all over again, and the sort of gig that makes you fall in love with concert going
The music takes a darker, more moody tone with “Major Minor Love” and “Softly”, followed by “Last Dance” and “Waste”. The energy picks up a bit with “Pheonix”, followed by “Taste” and finally a moment many in the audience have obviously been hoping for with “Open”. A lot of the audience sang along, if a little softly, everyone clearly savoring a perfect moment. Up next was “Stay Safe” and “Count to Five”, with the band then turning the concert hall into a dance floor with the disco-style “Hunger”. They ended with “Song for You”, Milosh encouraging the audience to sing along, at one point saying “I’m sure there are ten more people who can sing”. The audience obliged, singing along till the very last note.
Rhye’s concert was the perfect example of how Bangkok’s music options have matured. There’s almost no reasons to complain anymore about the lack of music options, with some of the world’s best bands happily putting Bangkok as a key stop of their tour schedules. And Have You Heard? are part of the group of first movers who have made this dream a reality for music lovers. The evening was near flawless, the sort of gig that reminds you what it’s like to feel romantic, which makes you feel in love all over again, and the sort of gig that makes you fall in love with concert going. And who can complain about that?