June 30, 2012 00:00 By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul
Former Boyscout member Thanes Chimtoum returns to the music business by managing the club side of a flourishing restaurant
Thanes “Jo” Chimtoum, a member of RS boy trio Boyscout back in 1993, has joined up with two new partners for Krachon On Stage, a new live music club at Krachon restaurant on Kaset-Navamin Road.
“We need to make a difference,” says Jo during the soft opening, to which he welcomed former band member Winrawee or Chanit "Tah" Yaisamer though not Songphol or Thanapong “Dib” Khlaipongpan.
“I have been in the music circle for more than 20 years and love entertainment, so I’d like Krachon on Stage to be a meeting place for friends and celebrities,” says Jo, who went into the restaurant business after leaving Boyscout but was badly hit by the 1997 economic crisis.
The new club has a decidedly retro concept. The décor includes pictures of famous Thai artists, guitars, framed photos of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Madonna and local favourite Don Sornrabieb as well as old-fashioned stereo units and PA speakers. Even the Krachon On Stage sign has been fashioned out of unused TV screens.
The sofas and stools are colourful and a tuk tuk is pressed into service to provide additional seating.
“The club looks different,” says Jo confidently. “I was inspired by White House, a restaurant in Chiang Mai. There’s a sign there that reads ‘here doesn’t play modern music’. It was packed! That stayed in my mind and the club evolved from that.
The stage is shared by the house bands, among them Best Friend whose singer is called Bie At Ten after he appeared on Channel 3’s variety show “At Ten” and imitated Danuphol “Jae” Kaewkarn and Yuenyong “Ad Carabao” Ophakul. The music kicks off at 10pm and often features such stars as Chompoo Fruity, Charas Fueang-arom or even Boyscout.
Recently, to celebrate the Euro 2012 tournament, the club was decorated with the flags of participating countries, though Jo’s favourite team, the Netherlands, was one of the first to go out of the first round.
Among the guests at the soft opening were Penpetch “Jab” Penkul, Suradech “Joey” Thubthimsai, a member of RS’ dance trio Bazoo, new rock band Sex Drug Family (SDF) founded by Clash’s former guitarist Thapana Na Bangchang, and comedians Suthep Seesai and Foithong Chernyim.