Since the first period of 2000’s when the internet brought back to life of classic Shoegaze bands and with the rise of Post-Rock bands led by Sigur Ros or Explosion in the Sky, Thai alternative music scene got heavily inspired by those genres. Bands such as Goose, Desktop Error, Assajan Jakgawan (อัศจรรย์ จักรวาล), Swirling Light were the influential figures for those Shoegaze/ Post-Rock/ Experimental Thai bands that came after. Even if some of them have split up, still play the important role for Thai alternative music scene. Some are the founders of record companies which provide the sound that reminds us of those time in 00s, the glory days of Shoegaze/Post-Rock.
These days, with the popularity of band such as DIIV, Thai bands develop their style of Shoegaze which are heavily charged with dreamy sounds and obscure lyrics. Band like ‘Death of Heather’ or ‘Mind Wanders’ are good examples. At the same time, the Post-Grunge style of Nothing, Whirr created Thai band like ‘Telever’, which is more of a ‘wall-of-sound/Noise type’.
I am also part of the collective ‘The Year Shoegaze Broke‘ (with member of the band ‘Low Fly’, ‘Reverse’) that hosted few events that gathering unknown Shoegaze bands to play together. We also hosted the event: ‘Shoegazer Night‘ that pays tribute to those Shoegaze legendary bands: MBV, Slowdive, RIDE, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Nothing, Whirr by Thai bands ‘Follows’, ‘Telever’, ‘Blue Yogurt’, ‘Frizzy Hair’ and founders of ‘The Year Shoegaze Broke’ band, to play the copycat of holocaust section in ‘You Made Me Realise’. Its goal is to gain more attention for Thai music listeners who are familiar to those classic Shoegaze bands but still have no idea about what was going on the Shoegaze scene of their own country.
Even through the first-tier names for Thai Shoegaze band these days belongs to ‘Follows’, ‘Hariguem Zaboy’ (which change their direction to the more Post-Punk sound in their upcoming album), Thai Shoegaze community keeps growing, with the decline of Post-Rock and growth of Dream Pop/Post-Punk, Thai Shoegazers, who share listeners with these genres, have hopefully a bright future.
The year shoegaze broke is a group of people who love genre of Shoegaze, Dream pop and Noise pop. We came together to organize our own gig, concerts and tours. In order to make Shoegaze music more popular in Thai society.
Desktop Error, is a Thai Alternative Indie Rock band, formed by a group of friends that have been hanging together since secondary school and university. Their love for similar type of music and lifestyle, eventually inspired them to form a band. They are: