Thursday, December 6, 2012

Rock 'n Roll from the Ghettos of South East Asia

Pussy & The Learjets produced Grade A sonic napalm for those eternally disaffected, danger-loving cuties and oblivion seekers living in Bangkok. The indie music scene here is an angry, schizophrenic and ever-changing community of misfits & outcast artists. 


Pussy & The Learjets - Photograph by Michael LaPalme © 2012
Pussy & The Learjets perform live at the Motorcycle Emptiness Bar

Pussy & The Learjets - Photograph by Michael LaPalme © 2012
Dirty, Loud, Rock 'n Roll from the ghettos of Southeast Asia
Pussy & The Learjets - Photograph by Michael LaPalme © 2012
Manis on Fire 

Pussy & The Learjets - Photograph by Michael LaPalme © 2012
Om & the Learjets perform for the first time at the Overstay 

The band members recall how they found their lead singer: 

One hot December evening, the feisty 21 year old Om walked into a rehearsal studio underneath an expressway fly-over in downtown Bangkok. L’Amour counted us in and we rumbled through three 1960's garage punk classics.
Within the first eight bars of the first song, a Rock’n’Roll band was born. The room shook and swung and turned itself inside out. The band was tight and competent enough, but that was hardly the point.
Right from the first moment, it was all about the girl. There was no doubt that Om had a way of expressing herself that was all her own.
Pussy & The Learjets - Photograph by Michael LaPalme © 2012
The Learjets led by the amazing, incredible Om.


Pussy & The Learjets - Photograph by Michael LaPalme © 2012
Dirty Water Sessions - The Learjets lay down tracks at a recording studio in Bangkok

Pussy & The Learjets - Photograph by Michael LaPalme © 2012
Pussy & The Learjets perform live at Opposite WTF in Thong lor 
Pussy & The Learjets - Photograph by Michael LaPalme © 2012
Nothing Can Bring Me Down, the band’s first single, was released by Metal Postcard (HK)

Pussy & The Learjets - Photograph by Michael LaPalme © 2012
"It started with a spark, like any great project or endeavor." ~ Tom Learjet

Pussy & The Learjets - Photograph by Michael LaPalme © 2012
Pussy aka Om Chantakahn is the heart and soul of this Rock’n’Roll enterprise.

Pussy & The Learjets - Photograph by Michael LaPalme © 2012
Om aka "Pussy" performs on Chinese New Years at the Motorcycle Emptiness Bar 
Pussy & The Learjets - Photograph by Michael LaPalme © 2012
Om & Manis perform on Chinese New Years at the Motorcycle Emptiness Bar

Pussy & The Learjets - Photograph by Michael LaPalme © 2012
Covering The Thirteenth Floor Elevators You’re Gonna Miss Me



Pussy & The Learjets - Photograph by Michael LaPalme © 2012
Pussy & The Learjets more serious than a heart attack.

Pussy & The Learjets disbanded a couple of years ago now.




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