I wouldn’t have imagined that a trip to Bangkok would turn me on to a really good band, but it did — local rockers called Slot Machine performed at the exclusive EDM club, DoNotDisturb and I happened to be there. At first glance, based on their preppy fashion sense, anyone would have been forgiven for thinking we were in for an hour of shoegazing tunes, but not at all. These boys are more U2-meets-Beatles meets-All American Rejects, and they sounded great! The lead singer must have lungs of a whale — his vocals were practically effortless. In melody, the Thai language sounds really lovely too.
It seems like there has been a spurt in good regional alternative sounding bands — not sure about the Bangkok scene; definitely in Kuala Lumpur — but what I really like about Slot Machine, apart from their muscular and energetic performance, is how distinctive the vocals are. EDM, classical and jazz being the general exception to the rule, some of the best musicians are those who make you feel like they are having a conversation with you through the song — sometimes through guitar riffs, standout bass lines but most commonly, soaring vocals that takes your heart along for the ride. Slot Machine also had me dancing and humming along even though that was the first time listening to their music. I was only sorry the performance was short!
Give them a listen: