Indie Singer/Songwriter Mike Gibbons Records in Thailand
Wed, 09 Feb 2011 13:40:51
You want to check out some real world music?
On his new single "Cobras in the Bushes," world traveler and singer/songwriter Mike Gibbons illustrates the environment of the recording process of his upcoming album Marigolds: The Bangkok Sessions. Recorded in Thailand in the fall of 2009-2010 and releasing independently on April 12, 2011, Marigolds represents one artist's experience of living in Bangkok during the city's most intense and violent period of civil unrest in decades. "I listened to gunshots and grenade explosions for days and saw my jogging route become part of an urban war zone with sections barricaded by tires and barbed wire," recalled Gibbons. "Word spread of mercenary snipers firing on innocent civilians. I was warned to not leave home." Terrifying? Yes. But it spawned some off-the-beaten-path music.
Thousands of Thai protestors known as the "Red Shirts" camped out in Bangkok's financial center, protesting on behalf of the former Prime Minister who was deposed. Although protests occur regularly in Thailand, this one dragged on without any resolution and led to an explosion of violence. On the night of May 18th, 2010, Gibbons stayed up all night listening to the fighting and wrote "Cobras in the Bushes," his take on the conflict outside. The following day he performed the song in front of a smoke-filled Bangkok skyline. As he introduces the song, a massive explosion can be heard.
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"I realized after the performance that the smoke rising up behind me was actually our local power company, which had been set ablaze by rioters who were forcibly dispersed by the Thai military," said Gibbons. "The electricity was out and a curfew was imposed on the entire city, preventing me from fleeing. Even if there was no curfew, there were literally brigades of protestors driving down our streets shooting guns in the air. Fortunately over the next several days, order slowly restored. It's still a dark time though, and the whole conflict never truly was resolved."
What do you think of Mike Gibbons and his music and how he recorded in Bangkok?