Nov.16 --ツアー終了! 年内解散!? 

December 01 [Thu], 2005, 22:09
Saturday Nov 26th

we end our touring year by disappearing to the four corners of the earth.

Bee and Oh drop over to Singapore - Bee to DJ, Oh to shop, shop, shop.

David is flying off to Ibiza in Spain,his home from home.

Gene is on his usual world odyssey, taking in London and Tokyo (because he can).

Simon and Momo hibernate inBangkok. We are looking forward to the rest, to recharge and write new material. Next year we will be coming out fighting……….

Nov. 25 

December 01 [Thu], 2005, 21:56
Friday Nov 25th - Wake up with a headache and the realisation we have another gig to do.
However, it is the last show of the year for Futon; a year that has taken us to London, Berlin, Shanghai and Tokyo. It all seems a bit surreal.



This gig is in the Kao San Road, the back packer mecca near Bangkok's Chinatown. The stage is set up in a gas station, which is unusual even by this cities standards. Our dressing roomis a room in a cheap guesthouse around the corner, which adds to the general weirdness of the day. We are part of an event called Bangkok Survivor Challenge, which is a televised show that aims at humiliating foreigners who are visiting Thailand for the first time.

It is in very bad taste and extremely funny.

The audienceis a mixture of curious westerners, Thai students and Bangkok ex-pats. We have no idea how they will take Futon, but two songs in they are cheering and we sense victory.

Tonight, Gene is the complete rock star - effortlessly entertaining without looking like he is trying too hard. The band responds to his performance like champion horses in the final straight. “Rich Baby” comes to a thunderous finale and we are gone, the audience cheering like newly converted Futon disciples.

Nov.24 

December 01 [Thu], 2005, 21:54
Thursday Nov 24th - Futon play at the Bed Supperclub tonight.

Bed is the club / restaurant / spaceship that seems to have landed in downtown Bangkok from another planet. Like a cosmic squashed toilet roll styled by Stanley Kubrik, it was the first place in Bangkok to dare to different from the rest. It is also the home of Rehab, David and Bee monthly party night that was the birthplace of Futon.



Tonight is a double bill of Futon live plus Rehab - an exciting but exhausting prospect.

After a very stressful soundcheck (the stage arrives 30 minutes before opening) and several heated “conversations” with the club´s management we are ready to go.



The show attracts all the hipsters in the city, from rich kid slackers to jaded club kids.

We attack the songs with more than the usual violence, and we get the crowd moving.

10 songs later we exit the stage, with Bee and David running through to the room next door to start spinning.

The post gig crowd follows us through, already pumped up from the show. 2 hours pass in a matter of seconds - and suddenly we are in an after hours bar on the rooftop of a sex show, talking the night away with Sanya, the co-owner of Bed. The night dissolves into morning.

Nov. 17 

December 01 [Thu], 2005, 21:50
Tonight we play in a beer garden located in the centre of Bangkok’s relentless retail district.
The Central World Plaza is a confusing head rush of competing logos and deafening TV screens. The only safe place to look is down.

Oh, Bee and David take shelter in a friendly guitar shop - the owner has a serious death metal fixation, but is efficient and friendly if your equipment is fried.

This is really Nop’s show - he asked us to play because there isn’t a bandin Bangkok more opposite to him - which we are still questioning the wisdom of as we take to the stage. Attention junkie MCs refuse to leave us alone until we eject them with brute noise force. The audience stares, mouths open and beer jugs frozen mid-pour.

We sense a lack of understanding from this post shopping crowd and decide to have fun. Rock postures, Spinal Tap faces and Pete Townsend guitar moves sail right over the crowd’s heads. No matter - we have a great time, and Nop joins us for “High”, bravely harmonizing with Gene and Momo. Post show and we are laughing hysterically at the weirdness of it all. MTV interview the band with limited success.

We drift away into the rain, happy and fired up for next week’s shows......

Nov.16 

December 01 [Thu], 2005, 21:47
Loy Kratong - the Thai festival that celebrates the end of the monsoon season - begins in Bangkok as the full moon rises over the skyscrapers.

This festival is all about getting to the river - Thais traditionally float a kratong, a buoyant offering decorated with flowers, candles and incense on any body of water nearby.

The Chao Praya River that snakes through Bangkok is ablaze with light adorned boats, firework displays and fairy lights. In true Thai style itis also chaotic, noisy and vibrant. Everybody is out, taxis won’t take you anywhere and it’s raining again. So much for the end of the monsoon! Venture over to Cafe Democ, situated near the KaoSan Road. This is one of the bastions of great club music in Bangkok - excellent drum and bass, tech house and break beat nights that break the monotony of Hip Hop / funky house that dominates the cities nightlife.

Gene is taking easy tonight with a bucket of Vodka and Orange.

Nov.15... 

December 01 [Thu], 2005, 21:41
Today Futon start rehearsing what will turn out to be our new songs ? a new experience for us in many ways.

Due to a busy schedule our rehearsal time has to be at 10a.m..... not the most convenient time for your average rock star. The band looks like a combination of bad hair day zombies and startled rabbits. However, the new tunes are starting to take shape; very promising and very Futon.

Gene is hiding behind his sunglasses but we know he is already planning on how to squeeze these new songs into his own vision. We are performing with Nop, a very big pop star here in Thailand later in the week. He arrives and we rehearse “High” together ! he plans to join us for one song before his own show.

Weird but enjoyable.

Gene and David link up later in the night at the Bed Supperclub’s Hip Hop night. Octo, the resident DJ and friend of Futon bravely triesto educate the crowd with his inventive mix of Old Skool and Nu Skool, but the hip hop-lite crowd just want 50 Cent.... Gene disappears into the bowels of Silom Soi 2 (infamous clubbing alley in the red light district) where he meets Bee and they Dance till the doors close meanwhile David retires to Octo’s funky after hours bar for cocktails and gossip.

FAT FESTIVAL NOV.5 part2 

December 01 [Thu], 2005, 21:40
WE ARE HEADLINING ON SATURDAY NIGHT, BUT THE COPS HAVE CUT THE FESTIVAL CLOSING TIME BY TWO HOURS. WE WAIT BACKSTAGE FOR OUR PERFORMANCE, HALF AN HOUR TO GO AND THE HEAVENS OPEN. PINK LIGHTENING, TROPICAL RAINDROPS THE SIZE OF GOLFBALLS AND THE ROAD CREW FRANTICALLY TRYING TO PROTECT THEIR GEAR AND STOPPING THE BANDS GETTING FRIED BY ELECTOCUTION.

WE HIT THE STAGE AND THE DEFIANT CROWD OF 20 THOUSAND GO MENTAL. OH BASHES THEM WITH HER RAIN SOAKED BASSLINES, SIMON SMASHES HIS KIT THAT IS THREATENING TO WASH AWAY, AND BEE IS THUMPING OUT POWER CHORDS IN SIX INCHES OF WATER. MOMOS KEYBOARD BLOWS UP BUT SHE DOESNユT CARE AND SHE CHARGES AROUND THE STAGE DURING "DEAD HUSBAND COLLECTION". AND GENE....WELL GENE IS IGGY POP PLUS JOHNY ROTTEN PLUS H2O. WE FINISH OUR SHORTENED SET WITH メRICH BABY- AND THE CROWD ARE AT FEVER PITCH, JUMPING IN UNISON AS THE SITE TURNS INTO AMUD BATH.
SUDDENLY THE POWER IS OFF, WE RESCUE OUR GEAR AND TAKE SHELTER. THE RAIN DOESNユT STOP, THE PROMOTERS HAVE DISSAPEARED AND WE ARE STRANDED. THANKFULLY MY WIFE HAS MAGICALLY PRODUCED A FEW CRATES OF BEER FOR US. ELATED BY THE SHOW BUT FURIOUS WITH THE JOURNEY OFF SITE WE HAVE TO MAKE, WE SET OFF IN A VAIN SEARCH FOR OUR TRANSPORT.

HOURS LATER I AM ENJOYING A COCKTAIL ON THE KAO SAN ROAD, THE BACK PACKERS' MECCA IN SOUTH EAST ASIA. I HAVE JOINED A HEN PARTY OF 30 SOMETHING WOMEN TRYING TO PERSUADE 20 SOMETHING HUNKS TO PERFORM A VARIETY OF HUMILIATING TASKS. DID THAT SHOW REALLY HAPPEN?

WELCOME TO AMAZING THAILAND.........

FAT FESTIVAL! Nov.5 part1 

December 01 [Thu], 2005, 21:36
Saturday 5th Nov.:

SPEND NEARLY TWO HOURS IN BANGKOK TRAFFIC TRYING TO GET TO THE FESTIVAL.

IT IS CHAOS- BUT WHAT ELSE DO WE EXPECT? THE ROADS AROUND THE SITE ARE FILLED WITH ALL THE VARIETIES OF THAI YOUTH CULTS - HIP HOP WANNABES, J POP FANATICS, CUTE INDIE KIDS, TECH SCHOOL GANGS, AND THE EFFORTLESSLY COOL FUTON FANS (HA HA!).

WE STOP AT OUR DISTRIBUTORS STALL TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS. AFTER 20 MINUTES THE STRESS KICKS IN AND WE STRUGGLE THROUGH THE CROWDS TO THE BACKSTAGE AREA. THE SKY IS LOOKING OMINOUSLY DARK......

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Pre FAT FESTIVAL! 

December 01 [Thu], 2005, 21:33
PRE FAT FESTIVAL SOUNDCHECK.

THE BAND GATHER BACK STAGE, IN VARIOUS STATES OF "TIREDNESS". THE FAT FESTIVAL - HOSTED BY FAT 104.5 FM - IS THE BIGGEST MUSIC EVENT FOR ALTERNATIVE MUSIC IN THAILAND. TWO DAYS OF THAI INDI MUSIC, FRANTIC MERCHANDISE SELLING AND MOUNTAINS OF THAI FAST FOOD. WE MINGLE WITH VARIOUS MEMBERS OF THE THAI ALTERNATIVE SCENE, ALL PRETENDING NOT TO BE PSYCHED UP ABOUT TOMORROW. PLAYING IT COOL IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY.

IN THE EVENING WE WITNESS GENE'S CATWALK DEBUT AT ONE OF THE ELLE FASHION WEEK SHOWS. THERE IS A MIXTURE OF COUTURE FACES, SOAP OPERA CELEBRITIES AND THE IMMENSELY RICH IN THE CROWD. GENES ENTRANCE IS GREETED WITH SPONTANEOUS CLAPPING AND CHEERS - HE BLOWS THE OTHER MALE MODELS AWAY JUST BY BEING HIMSELF. WHAT A ROCK STAR! WE RETIRE TO A SURREAL ENGLISH PUB IN THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT FOR A FULL BRITISH BREAKFAST - AT MIDNIGHT.

message from David, November 3rd... 

December 01 [Thu], 2005, 21:26
Thursday, 3rd Nov.:

WELCOME TO MONSOON SOAKED BANGKOK. FUTON ARRIVE BACK FROM A SUCCESSFUL TRIP TO TOKYO TO A WALL OF HUMID AIR. THIS CHAOTIC CITY IS BOTH EXCITING AND MADDENING - TAKE YOUR PICK.

BEE AND DAVID FUTON HOST THEIR MONTHLY REHAB NIGHT AT THE BED SUPPERCLUB - AN ALIEN SPACESHIP THAT HAS LANDED IN BANGKOK'S CLUBLAND. WE SPIN A MIXTURE OF ELECTRO, BASTARD POP, CLUB KID FAVES AND OUR OWN REMIXES. THE COSMOPOLITAN CROWD REHAB ATTRACTS RESPOND WITH AN OUTBREAK OF POGOING. BEE FINISHES THEM OFF WITH TONY CHRISTIE'S "SHOW ME THE WAY TO AMARILLO" WHICH CAUSES A MASS SINGALONG. WE DISSAPEAR INTO THE NIGHT ミ BEE TO DJ STATION IN THE SILOM DISTRICT WITH GENE FUTON, DAVID TO AN AFTER PARTY WITH A BUNCH OF BANGKOK'S DJ FRATERNITY. WE WILL REGRET THIS IN THE MORNING......
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