We went to see a different sort of Temple on Friday night. A few weeks ago I mentioned Belle & Sebastian were in town along with some other bands for a 2 day gig but on our quest to save money this month we decided not to get tickets for either night…however late on Friday afternoon we scooped two free tickets to that evenings gig featuring Real Estate, Temples and The Thurston Moore Band.
The gig was in the top of Central World, the crazy large shopping mall you’ve heard me mention before. It was really strange to go to a gig in a shopping centre, something the boys from Real Estate also pointed out. We went all the way to the top floor, and then up again to a huge live music venue; they really know how to build upwards in Asia!
Doors opened at 7.30pm with the first band of the night on at 8pm prompt. Real Estate are a 5-piece band from New Jersey and play relaxed, chilled out guitar tunes. I hadn’t heard of them before but really enjoyed their set. Dave described them as ‘easy listening, Sunday music’, which is probably an accurate description to be honest! Talking Backwards was the stand out song for me but click here and see what you think!
Next on were Temples, the band we were really there to see; Midlands boys who have been receiving some critical acclaim of late. We have been listening to them for a while so were excited to see them but after the car crash that was The 1975 my expectations weren’t high!
Their sound is described by some I’ve read as ‘psychedelic rock’; I have no idea what that means, I think they sound really 60’s/70’s, I watched them thinking my dad would probably really like them too! Dressed in roll necks and flares they certainly looked like they’d come from a different era. One thing that did catch my eye was the keyboard/guitar player looked like an amalgamation of Vince Noir and Howard Moon from the Mighty Boosh. Anyway, if you haven’t heard of them before, go and have a listen, my favourite tracks are Shelter Song and The Golden Throne, and if you have the chance to see them, do!
Last on and headlining was The Thurston Moore Band; Thurston Moore is best known as a singer, songwriter and guitarist of 80’s band Sonic Youth and according to Rolling Stone magazine is the 34th best guitarist of all times, the majority of the crowd was there to see him. Needless to say there was an awful lot of guitar solos and starring deep into the distance. In the spirit of being honest, I can’t really tell you if they were great or not as we were quite hungry by this point so stayed for 2 songs (…nearly half an hour…) and then legged it* to McDonalds for some nuggets and a Big Mac before catching the last BTS home!
All in all, a great unexpected evening in BKK and Dad, make sure you check out Temples!
*Getting out of the mall was a mission in itself, I have always wanted to be locked in a shopping centre but it was a bit creepy as most of the lights were off and Central World is so huge we were pretty close to getting lost!