The Bangkok Five is performing a hometown gig on Saturday, March 22 at Safari Sam's (5214 Sunset Blvd.) in Hollywood with the Dollyrots. They’re doing a handful of West Coast shows to start promoting their sophomore album, WE LOVE WHAT KILLS US, which comes out May 13 on Long Live Crime Records (distributed by MRI/ Red).
Fans who arrive between 8-10pm get in FREE! Doors are at 8pm, The Bangkok Five go on around 10pm and The Dollyrots go on around 11pm. Tickets for this all ages show can be purchased by calling the box office (323 666 7267) or going to www.safari-sams.com . Dinners at Safari Sam's are optional and additional, and they enable fans to get preferred reserved seating.
The new record marks the first time The Bangkok Five--Frost (vocals), Sweeney (lead guitar), Coatez (bass), Blanco (drums), Bobby S. (guitar)--will release music in two languages, English and Spanish.
Vocalist Frost breaks it down, “I left for Europe when I was a teenager to escape the banality of California life and the feeling that I had no future. I ended up in Spain and lived there for a few years, learning the language, the music, and the lifestyle. I started to DJ at various clubs and picked up a real love and deep respect for the scene. When I came back to Los Angeles, I discovered the Latino culture I loved was here all along, living, breathing and making great art. It was a natural progression to translate WE LOVE WHAT KILLS US into Spanish. This record is about L.A. and what goes on here. To ignore the Latin culture and its people would be to ignore the real Los Angeles.”
Produced by the band along with Manny Nieto (The Mars Volta, The Circle Jerks, The Breeders), WE LOVE WHAT KILLS US was recorded live to tape at Wetandry Studios in Echo Park, California. Manny also engineered and recorded the album.
“These songs were written by a band on the road being a band,” explains guitarist Sweeney. “There is a brutality that you will hear in every guitar note, word and drum beat.”
WE LOVE WHAT KILLS US is the follow-up to the band’s 2006 debut, WHO'S GONNA TAKE US ALIVE? (Universal). The first single from that album, “Spread Eagle,” hit # 1 on several tastemaker indie rock radio stations across the country, leading to tours of Canada and the U.S. with bands such as Hot Hot Heat, The Cult, The Stooges, The Bronx, Buckcherry, (International) Noise Conspiracy and Papa Roach.
Revolver magazine hailed The Bangkok Five as “one more band you should know about,” while Blender raved, “sure to be a hit among the eye-lined hipsters.”
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