Pop-rock band Ariy Shibuya have released their first single, “Thonglor” (“Wanna Ask”) on Sanamluang Music, a subsidiary of GMM Grammy.
The band’s name is a hybrid of Bangkok’s laid-back Ari neighbourhood and Tokyo’s Shibuya ward, home to all five members – singer Taishu “Taoz” Sumiyoshi, guitarist Bhumipat “Mine” Armano, bassist Tetsuya “Tetsu” Ueda, drummer Asawin “Win” Burapongbandhit and keyboard maestro Lertmaytee “Lert” Sanguankaew.
“We’re fascinated by the Japanese rock band X Japan, but our music isn’t meant to sound like theirs,” says Taoz, the head songwriter. “There’s only a Japanese scent to it. Basically, we put Thai lyrics to Japanese melodies."
View the “Thonglor” video at https://youtu.be/33HMOxWYwdo and check out the “AriyShibuya” page on Facebook.
Poised for Puccini
Opera Siam and the Bangkok Opera Foundation are presenting “Madama Butterfly” at the Thailand Cultural Centre on July 11 and 12.
Madama Butterfly is Nancy Yuen’s signature role, having performed it at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The protégée of Placido Domingo will reprise the role in Bangkok alongside Covent Garden baritone Phillip Joll, in a production conducted by Somtow Sucharitkul.
Seats cost Bt500 to Bt5,000 for VIP treatment at www.ThaiTicketMajor.com and (02) 262 3456.
Perd Warp festival to rattle the rails
A-Time Media radio stations EFM and Chill are hosting the Perd Warp music festival at the Makkasan Airport Rail Link Station on July 14.
On the roster are Atom Chanagun, Somkiat, the Mousses, the Yers, Twopee Southside, WonderFrame, Gliss, Mean, and Moving and Cut. Great gear, food and drinks will be on sale.
To get there, register at www.EFM.fm or www.ChillFM.fm and get a code for admission to the festival.
Make way for metal
Seven underground metal bands are wrecking the country on the Banana Tour 77, which kicked off last Saturday at the G Village Bangkok Circus Studio on Lat Phrao Soi 18.
Kluaythai, Annalynn, Roses Fall, Sudden Face Down, Ugoslabier, Break the Kids and In Vein will launch upcountry next, starting at Khon Kaen’s Tom Studio on July 29 and hitting the Boog Bar Pub & Restaurant in Nakhon Si Thammarat on August 25.
Saturday’s kickoff also featured all-girl outfit Adabel and Overdose. Upcountry there’ll be local talent at every gig, such as Skinny in Khon Kaen and Perpetual Demise in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Get the details at (089) 768 6204 and the “Banana Mahachon” Facebook page.