The Bangkok Five – We Love What Kills Us (2008)

Bangkok Five - We Love What Kills Us (2008)

The Bangkok Five – We Love What Kills Us (2008)

  1. We Love What Kills Us
  2. This One’s For The Haters
  3. Straight Fell Off
  4. Party Machine
  5. Outlines Of Us

Bangkok Five

(photo by Robin Perin)

Band Lineup:
Frost – Vocals
Sweeney – Lead Guitar
Coatez – Bass
Blanco – Drums
Bobby S. – Guitars

Total Time = 20:41

The Bangkok Five official website
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When the sophomore effort, WE LOVE WHAT KILLS US, by L.A. quintet The Bangkok Five crossed my desk, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I’ve never heard of the band and all the press releases online use quotes from print magazines like Revolver, Hit Parader, and Blender…..magazines that are usually behind the times when it comes to Hard Rock.

So I pop this CD in and I’m greeted with the title track and the first thing I notice is lead singer Frost’s voice, very unique especially when using a deeper tone. Usually you can tell what an album is going to be like by the first song and ‘We Love What Kills Us’ is a good Modern Hard Rock/Alternative/Punk hybrid that reminds of Buckcherry meets Urge Overkill. Same with ‘This One’s For The Haters’, there is a lot of guitars and energetic vocals that I draw comparisons to Buckcherry yet not as polished, more raw.

‘Straight Fell Off’ is a little slower tempo, mid-paced, and reminds me of early ’80s Punk/New Wave with slightly distorted vocals. I like this song the best of the five and I’ve played this over and over, I think it would make a good follow-up single to the title track. Things pick up with ‘Party Machine’ and the vocals are a little more controlled. I like the subdued nature of the track even though it’s a Modern Rock song. The band slows things down with ‘Outlines Of Us’ and it’s the one track I’m not feeling. It sounds like one of those Alternative songs that the guy working the stereo in the record store plays to show how “hip” he is. Sounds like a song college radio or modern rock stations like Rhode Island’s 95.5 WBRU would play. Not my type of music…..

Bottom Line:
Not my usual listening choice but I was pleasantly surprised, enough to check out the band’s debut, WHO’S GONNA TAKE US ALIVE? (2006), and see what’s there. I like the music when it steers more towards the Hard Rock style but I get a little lost when the Punk/Alternative side shows…..chalk that up to personal tastes. I could see The Bangkok Five getting airplay of Rock radio with ‘We Love What Kills Us’ and ‘Straight Fell Off’, the two tracks I felt really stood out. Definitely a band to watch when the album is officially released on May 13th. It’s also going to be released in Spanish to honor the band’s Spanish influenced environment in Los Angeles, I’ll bet that will sound cool.

6 comments on “The Bangkok Five – We Love What Kills Us (2008)

  1. TBK5 are an amazing talent out of L.A. . I saw these guys on “The Cult” My Space page”. Immediately I thought they were a extra ordinary Rock Band.
    Instantly a Fan! I believe Music is to be respected as Art but I also believe it’s a matter of personal taste. I just know when it’s better then average! I’ve been a Professional Vocalist/Songwriter for 26yrs. I pride myself on knowing & studying music of all kinds. I personally think they are a very original band. This is a refreshing change from what is being played on Rock Stations recently. In conclusion, I haven’t heard the new stuff but I assure you , May 13th I will!
    Hugh Watson- TBK5 Fan

  2. I have been a fan of tb5 since I met them in 2005, and am a friend now also. I have so much regard and respect for them as individuals and as musicians. They are the real deal. Their music hits me in the three places I need to feel it- the head, the heart, and the crotch! I came of age in the ’70’s, and they have echoes of Iggy, MC5, The New York Dolls, along with early punk and blues/rock roots, with a style all their own. tB5 rules!

  3. thanks for the love you guys. means a lot to us. we are the real deal. when your scrounging for quarters to buy dinner, you either suck, or your real good but no one knows about you. we’re in it for life whether or not we get rich or stay poor. check out our merch site at help us pay for dinner ;)

  4. The Bangkok Five are one of the best things happening in music these days and they need to be heard by everyone cuz they are real and they rock hard with enormous energy. We played a show with them in 2005 in a small joint in Martinsburg WV. I’ve been a fan eversince. Great hooks, good lyrics-love it

  5. I just got We Love What Kills Us off of iTunes. This is, without a doubt, my favorite album of the year. It’s got the soul and experience that the poser bands of Bangkok Five’s genre are sorely lacking in. The lyrics are real, the guitar rifs could rip bark off of a tree, and the drumming will make the manufacturerers of drum-machines cry. I can not wait for their concert at the Viper Room on the 12th. Basically, these guys rock.

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