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  • Sek Loso

    13 Nov 2006, 04:29 by dangerousmadness

    Friday night, Hillary Bar, Sukhumvit Soi 4, Bangkok.

    The place was packed, he has some very enthusiastic fans. Sek Loso is one of the only Thai rock musicians with the style and substance to make it outside of Thailand. Apparently, Noel Gallagher of Oasis is a bit of a fan. Sek did a cover of Wonderwall during the show.

    Most Thai pop and rock musicians have a strong tendency to concentrate on sappy ballads, and it is rare for someone like Sek Loso who doesn't try to pander to a mass audience to succeed. Instead he relies on actual talent as a guitarist and songwriter as well as considerable charisma as a live performer.

    Thailand actually has a fair number of talented electric guitarists but most of them are reduced to supporting ridiculous pop singers, or playing covers of songs like Hotel California in dingy bars for peanuts. Bit of a shame really, but I have hopes that Thai audiences are beginning to develop a bit more sophistication in their appreciation of western styles of…