Bodyslam (band)

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Bodyslam
Bodyslam (Thai band).jpg
Background information
Origin Bangkok, Thailand
Genres Alternative rock
Hard rock
Pop punk
Post-hardcore
Acoustic rock
Pop rock (as La-On)
Years active 2002–present
Labels Genie Records, GMM Grammy
Members Atiwara "Toon" Kongmalai (vocal)
Thanachai "Yod" Tantrakul (guitar)
Thanadol "Pid" Changsawek (bass)
Suchuch "Chad" Chaneed (drums)
Ohm Plengkham (keyboards)
Past members Ratthapol "Pao" Pannachet

Bodyslam is a Thai rock band. The band is best known by the unique voice of the leading vocalist, Athiwara Khongmalai, and the band's live performances. Bodyslam has released six albums, the latest being dharmajāti (Sanskrit: Nature), will release in 2014.

History[edit]

Bodyslam was originally called La-On (Thai: ละอ่อน) which means kids or younger people in the Lanna language. In 1996, the band entered a band competition for high school students called "Hot Wave Music Awards" and won first prize, beating nearly a hundred other bands. La-on quickly signed a record deal with record company Music Bugs, and released a self-titled pop-rock album in 1997. "Dai Rue Plao" (ได้หรือเปล่า) became their most recognized song. The band members portrayed roles of themselves in the lakorn (Thai TV series) Thep Niyai Nai Sano (เทพนิยายนายเสนาะ) and later released the series' soundtrack that same year.

The band returned in 2002 under the new name Bodyslam, shifting to heavier rock music with only three of the original six members remaining. The first self-titled album under their new name as a three-piece band was successful. The second album, Drive, was released in 2003, becoming equally successful as their previous album. They won Channel [V] Thailand Music Video Awards for "Favorite Group" for the music video Plai Thang (ปลายทาง: End of the road).[1]

After the second album, the band went through many changes. They left Music Bugs and later signed a deal with Genie Records, a subsidiary of GMM Grammy, Thailand's largest record company. The band's guitarist Ratthapol "Pao" Pannachet left the band for a solo career (with an album in November 2005). Bodyslam then became a four-piece band. Bodylsam's long-time touring drummer, Chad, was finally announced as an official member and had appeared in music videos, posters, and album covers. The fourth member was Thanachai "Yod" Tantrakul, the new guitarist who was brought in to replace Ratthapol.

On 15 September 2007, Bodyslam released their fourth album Save my life and a major concert in Bangkok followed in early October of that same year.

The success of the new album had brought them a bigger fan base. They became one of the most popular bands in Thailand. Save My Life won Season Awards for "Best Rock Group", "Best Rock Album" and "Best Rock Song" for "Yahpid" (ยาพิษ: Poison) in March 2008.[2]

The single "คราม" (Kraam; English: Indigo) was release in November 2009, and the fifth studio album of the same name, was released in the spring of 2010 (After late to June 2010 with 2010 Thai political protests). They performed the largest concert in Thailand called Bodyslam Live in Kraam, at Rajamangala National Stadium on November 27, 2010 with an audience of 65,000 people.[3] They finished their tour on April 7, 2011 with the Bodyslam Live in Laos : World Tour at New Laos National Stadium.

They are currently planning their next album, dharmajāti. The first single has already been released.[4]

Line-ups[edit]

La-On[edit]

  • Artiwara "Toon" Kongmalai (อาทิวราห์ คงมาลัย, ตูน): lead vocals
  • Ratthapol "Pao" Pannachet (รัฐพล พรรณเชษฐ์, เภา): guitar (currently a solo artist)
  • Tanadol "Pid" Changsawek (ธนดล ช้างเสวก, มะยม หรือ ปิ๊ด): bass guitar
  • Pongsrit "Not" Inthasiri (พงษ์สฤษฎิ์ อินทศิริ, น็อท): synthesizer
  • Bundit "Pop" Makomol (บัณฑิต มาโกมล, ป๊อป): guitar
  • Kritsakorn "Krit" Phumrat (กฤษกร ภูมิรัตน, กฤษ): percussion (currently a radio DJ)

In Thep Niyai Nai Sano, the band also featured Jessada "Pan" Laddachayaporn (เจษฎา ลัดดาชยาพร, ปั้น) as lead vocalist. He is currently vocalist of the band, Basher.

Bodyslam (Bodyslam and Drive)[edit]

  • Artiwara "Toon" Kongmalai (อาทิวราห์ คงมาลัย, ตูน): lead vocals
  • Ratthapol "Pao" Pannachet (รัฐพล พรรณเชษฐ์, เภา): guitar
  • Tanadol "Pid" Changsawek (ธนดล ช้างเสวก, ปิ๊ด): bass guitar

Bodyslam (Believe and Save My Life)[edit]

  • Artiwara "Toon" Kongmalai (อาทิวราห์ คงมาลัย, ตูน): lead vocals
  • Thanachai "Yod" Tantrakul (ธนชัย ตันตระกูล, ยอด): guitar
  • Tanadol "Pid" Changsawek (ธนดล ช้างเสวก, ปิ๊ด): bass guitar
  • Suchatti "Chad" Janed (สุชัฒติ จั่นอี๊ด, ชัด): Drum (formerly a touring drummer)

Bodyslam (คราม)[edit]

  • Artiwara "Toon" Kongmalai (อาทิวราห์ คงมาลัย, ตูน): lead vocals
  • Thanachai "Yod" Tantrakul (ธนชัย ตันตระกูล, ยอด): guitar
  • Tanadol "Pid" Changsawek (ธนดล ช้างเสวก, ปิ๊ด): bass guitar
  • Suchatti "Chad" Janed (สุชัฒติ จั่นอี๊ด, ชัด): Drum
  • Ohm "Ohm" Plengkhum (โอม เปล่งขำ, โอม): Keyboards (as a backup)

Bodyslam (dharmajāti)[edit]

  • Artiwara "Toon" Kongmalai (อาทิวราห์ คงมาลัย, ตูน): lead vocals
  • Thanachai "Yod" Tantrakul (ธนชัย ตันตระกูล, ยอด): guitar
  • Tanadol "Pid" Changsawek (ธนดล ช้างเสวก, ปิ๊ด): bass guitar
  • Suchatti "Chad" Janed (สุชัฒติ จั่นอี๊ด, ชัด): Drum
  • Ohm "Ohm" Plengkhum (โอม เปล่งขำ, โอม): Keyboards

Discography[edit]

La-On[edit]

  • La-On (ละอ่อน) (1997)
  • Thep Niyai Nai Sano soundtrack album (เทพนิยายนายเสนาะ) (March 1998)

Bodyslam[edit]

  • Bodyslam (July 2002)
  • Drive (September 2003)
  • Believe (April 2005)
  • Save My Life (September 2007)
  • Play Project (Special Project for GMM Grammy's 30th anniversary; 2009)
  • KRAAM (June 2010)
  • dharmajāti (2014)

Concert[edit]

  • 17 April 2004, Hotwabe Live : Bodyslam Maximum Live. Main Hall, Thammasat University
  • 14 May 2005, Bodyslam Believe Concert. At Thunder Dome, Muang Thong Thani
  • 9 October 2005, Big Body Concert With Big Ass. At Impact Arena,Muang Thong Thani
  • 20–21 October 2007, Bodyslam Save My Life Concert. At Indoor Stadium,Huamark
  • 5 July 2008, Every Bodyslam Concert. At Impact Arena,Muang Thong Thani
  • 27 November 2010, Soda Chang present Bodyslam Live in Kraam by Air Asia.

Songs[edit]

Bodyslam has released over 40 songs, with the album count at 6.

Album name Release date Songs
Bodyslam 9 July 2002
  1. ทางของฉัน ฝันของเธอ (My path, your dream)
  2. อากาศ (Air)
  3. เผื่อไว้ (In case)
  4. ยกโทษ (Forgive)
  5. ย้ำ (Repeat)
  6. นาทีสุดท้าย (The last minute)
  7. ผมไม่สู้ (I don't fight)
  8. งมงาย (Obsessed)
  9. สักวันฉันจะดีพอ (One day I will be good enough)
  10. มือใหม่ (Newbie)
  11. Away
  12. ป่านนี้ (By now)
Drive 9 September 2003
  1. ให้รักคุ้มครอง (May love protect us)
  2. ความซื่อสัตย์ (Honestly)
  3. ชึวิตที่ฉันเหลืออยู่ (The remaining life I have)
  4. หวั่นไหว (Uneasy)
  5. Bodyslam
  6. ปลายทาง (End of the path)
  7. หลังฝน (After the rain)
  8. มีแค่เธอก็เกินพอ (Having you is more than enough)
  9. จันทร์ยังเต็มดวง (The moon is still full)
  10. ภาพลวงตา (Mirage; do not confuse with Endorphine's version)
Believe 22 April 2005
  1. ชีวิตเป็นของเรา (This is my life)
  2. ขอบฟ้า (Edge of the sky)
  3. คนที่ถูกรัก (Person [who is] loved)
  4. ความรักทำให้คนตาบอด (Love is blind)
  5. ความเชื่อ (Belief)
  6. พูดในใจ (Say it in your heart)
  7. รักก็เป็นอย่างนี้ (Love is like this)
  8. ห้ามใจ (Restrain [the heart])
  9. ไม่รู้เมื่อไหร่ (Don't know when)
  10. เจ็บจนวันนี้ (It hurts up til now)
Save my Life 18 September 2007
  1. ยาพิษ (Poison)
  2. อกหัก (Broken Heart)
  3. ท่านผู้ชม (Audience)
  4. ยิ่งรู้ยิ่งไม่เข้าใจ (The more I know, the more I don't)
  5. แค่หลับตา (Just close your eyes)
  6. เสี้ยววินาที (The split-second)
  7. คนมีตังค์ (Rich people)
  8. แสงแรก (The first light)
  9. นาฬิกาตาย (A dead clock)
  10. ขอบคุณน้ำตา (Thank you tears)
คราม 9 June 2010
  1. คราม (Kraam)
  2. ความรัก (Love)
  3. Sticker
  4. คิดฮอด (Feat.ศิริพร อำไพพงษ์) (Miss you)
  5. ทางกลับบ้าน (The way home)
  6. แสงสุดท้าย (Last light)
  7. ปล่อย (Feat.ธนชัย อุชชิน) (Let go)
  8. เปราะบาง (Vulnerable)
  9. โทน (Tone)
  10. เงา (Shadows)
dharmajāti 2014
  1. เรือเล็กควรออกจากฝั่ง (Little Boat Should Leave The Shore)
  2. dharmajāti (Nature)

Bodyslam Members[edit]

Current members
Past members

References[edit]

  1. ^ Channel V Thailand Music Video Awards No. 3 results (in Thai)
  2. ^ Season Awards No. 20 Results, Siam Zone
  3. ^ Band History (in English)
  4. ^ GOSSIP ซุบซิบประจำวันพุธที่ 21 ธ.ค (in Thai), gmember.com

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