Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Shows coming up

Plastic Section have a few shows coming up in and around Bangkok..

Friday February 21: Lake House Festival at Ladprabang University

Sunday February 23: The Thunder at Bangkok's iconic Rock Pub

Saturday March 1: Bangkok Charity Concert at Union Center Silom

Saturday March 15: Nowhere End 6 at Cosmic Cafe, RCA

2014 so far

2014 has been a busy year for Plastic Sections so far. Last December we recorded our new album in about 4 hours, recording live with a couple of minimal overdubs at the Bangkok venue Harmonica. We started mixing the recordings and working on artwork recently and the album should be ready for release soon..

Apart from that, we've already played quite a few gigs, including the amazing Stone Free 3 festival in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, as well as at the album launch for the great Thai heavy rock band Degaruda. We also played a fun show at a cafe in Korat in the northeast of Thailand, in early February, plus a support spot for American trio Lemuria at the cool Play Yard venue in Bangkok (Lad Prao Soi 8).

Here are a couple of clips from those gigs shot by photographer and film maker Larry Hill..

Displacement Blues (live at Harmonica)

Train Train Train (live at Stone Free Three)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Rock 'n' roll party!

Plastic Section will bring their raw rock 'n' rhythm review to Harmonic in Bangkok (Ozono, Sukhumvit Soi 39) on Friday October 18. Also playing are amazing chaotic Thai surf garage rockers Triggs and the Longest Day. Between and before bands will be a choice selection of raucous rockin' sounds played loud, with cult film projections and local beer at the bar. Be there if you're in Bangkok!

Sunday, October 06, 2013

It's Official.

Plastic Section did recently an interview for the October issue of L'Official Hommes (Thailand) magazine on the night of our album launch at WTF Bar in Bangkok. Here's the spread:

Plastic Live!

Plastic Section's self-titled album is now available on iTunes, as well as on CD.


We've been playing quite a few shows in Bangkok and have been getting some nice feedback. Renowned American journalist Joe Cummings wrote a great review of our recent set at Fatty's Bar and Diner for Bangkok 101 magazine. The published review was an abridged version, so I thought I'd post the full version of the review here:

By Joe Cummings

Pool People
Plastic Section
Triggs & The Longest Day
Fatty’s Bar & Diner, Thursday, 12 September

If you’re into live bands and haven’t been to Fatty’s yet, now is a good time to start looking at the weekly line-ups. This is a venue that’s on the verge of becoming a dependable stalwart for local music.
     One of the only bars – very possibly the only bar -- in the Rama 9/Din Daeng neighbourhood featuring original live music, Fatty’s sports the grungy feel of long-departed Rain Dogs, in a smaller space but with a better sound system and a menu of reliable food with such provocative names as Buffalo Hot Wangs, Cream Cheese Burgers and the Wisconsin Johnson.
     On a rainy Thursday night last month, four bands and their local fans and groupies, along with Fatty’s regular diehard beer-drinking music junkies, tucked themselves into the bar’s comfy nooks and crannies for a thumping evening of what the posters called ‘experimental garage rock twisted pop rock n'roll’.  
     Arriving around 10pm, Bangkok101 missed the opening act, called Wednesday, consisting of experimental guitar by Put Wednesday Suksriwan. Fatty’s gregarious owner and chef (himself an accomplished singer-songwriter in the Neil Young/Wilco vein) Matthew Fischer described it as ‘looped guitars and a Kaoss pad I think. It’s probably genius stuff’.
     Pool People were Benji Surangkanjanajai, a Thai-German keyboardist, singer and composer who lives in Berlin, accompanied by Nat Sanpawait Soikum on drums. Pool People songs consisted of intricate keyboard figures accompanied by wistful vocal melodies sung in English. More rehearsal would have yielded a tighter sound, but a rough, na├»ve charm shone through nonetheless.
      The highlight of the night came next. Plastic Section is led by Ben Edwards on guitar and slapback echo-drenched vocals, with Pok Pongprayoon on bass and harmony vocals and Put Wednesday again on drums. Those familiar with the local indie scene may recognise Ben from the band Basement Tape, while Pok is well known as one half of the duo Stylish Nonsense and for his production work with Panda Records.
     Unlike Basement Tape, a more sedate affair in which Ben alternates composing duties with Tat Bunnag, Plastic Section is clearly Ben’s pet project, with the Australian writing all of the band’s songs himself. He also played all the instruments on the rustic Plastic Section (Panda Records) CD, but tonight Pok’s inventive bass and blissed-out vocal support take the material to another level. In press material, Ben describes his music as ‘an experimental, idiosyncratic update of crazy rock 'n' roll, rockabilly and rhythm and blues’ and cites as influences Bo Diddley, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Gories, The 5678s, Beasts of Bourbon and The Cramps, among others. What we heard was good rockabilly bordering on great psychobilly. (Bangkok rockabilly poser bands take note; this is how it’s supposed to sound.)
       Capping off the night was Triggs and the Longest Day, who hacked at their guitars and howled into their mics with drunken abandon. Led by Tokin Teekanun on guitar and lead vocal, with Nopphon Cheng on bass, Sanpawit Soikum on drums and Chawalit Saowapakpongchai on guitar and backing vocals, their performance was haunted by a heavy hum – possibly from the guitarist’s pedal set-up -- that wouldn’t be tamed. The effort was there, though, and Bangkok 101 would like to catch this band again when their gear is cooperating.
      Conclusion: Without reservation, we can recommend Plastic Section if you like your rock 'n’ roll raw, raucous and clever.

Fatty’s Bar & Diner, Rama IX Rd, Tel 08 0557 1959

Thursday, June 20, 2013

More info...

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Album track

Plastic Section's new album is about to be released on CD by Panda Records. It'll also be available through iTunes etc.. Here's a track from it.. the rest any day now..

Spin It Out

In other news - the next Plastic Section gig will be at Bangkok's groovy Fatty's Bar on Friday, July 12, with an amazing line-up including solo guitar experiment Wednesday, singer-songwriter Eico and the great folk rock of Matthew and the Fishes..

More gigs coming in July.. details soon!

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Cheers to The King Khan & BBQ Show

It's been a while between posts here, so thought I'd do an update.

Last Saturday night (June 1) Plastic Section were a support band for the amazing King Khan and BBQ Show at Cosmic Cafe in Bangkok. It was a very fun night with a great crown and brilliant music. As well as being incredible performers, King Khan and BBQ were also great guys, happily signing the 7" singles they were selling (cheap too!), chatting with everybody and watching the support bands. Mark Sultan even very kindly gave me a copy of his "$" CD, which is excellent and highly recommended! Thanks also to Popscene for organizing another great event in Bangkok, and to The Standards who always put on a high-energy, exciting performance.

This gig was also the first with Plastic Section as a 3-piece, as Wannarit Pongprayoon (Pok) has joined myself and drummer (as well as guitarist) Put Wednesday Suksriwan  to play bass, filling out our sound in a very satisfying way.

In other news, Plastic Section's new album is about to be released on CD by Panda Records in Thailand. I'll post the cover, track list and details on how to grab a copy here when it's out.. any day now!

And finally, our next gig is on Saturday night at a new beer joint in Bangkok called Hemmingway's, near Asoke BTS station in Sukhumvit. We're on at 7pm - details here

One more thing - writer and Bangkok resident Dave Crimaldi has written some very kind words about Plastic Section on his excellent blog about the Thai indie scene. You can check it out here if you're interested.


Friday, March 22, 2013

Plastic at the Zoo

Following the next gig at Fatty's Bar in Bangkok on April 4 (see below) Plastic Section will be playing at a new venue called Zoo, near Democracy Monument in Bangkok (Zoo used to be called Chez Lodin). This will be an amazing night, with Thai artist Wednesday (experimental solo guitar improvisations), Eico (amazing Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist who is a very unique performer), My Post Life (Wannarit Pongprayoon from Stylish Nonsense doing his unique solo songs) and Plastic Section bringing the rock and the roll. Should be a good one!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Plastic Section at Fatty's

Next Gig! Plastic Section are playing at the cool Fatty's Bar in Bangkok (10 mins walk from Rama 9 MRT station). Also on the bill are singer-songwriter Scott Allan Knost from the US and the amazing Thai band Chaldni Chandi. Organized by Popscene Live. Plastic Section will also be performing some new songs. More details here.

Note: Plastic Section will be plugged in!