Emerging from the Nightlife capital of the Orient, Bangkok based Futon are a band that defy definition and confront the South East Asian pop stereotype with reckless abandon. Comprising of Gene & Oh(both Thai), Bee and Simon Gilbert (UK), the band are a heady combination of Western decadence and South East Asian sultriness. Futon tied the knot on the dance floor of Bangkok’s hottest club night, Rehab, where like minds and hedonists gather to hear the latest electro tunes from London, New York and Tokyo.


Futon’s first single “I wanna be your dog” is championed by radio DJ’s in the UK, Australia, Singapore and (bizarrely) Croatia. Kids in Thailand go wild for it – both sides of the single topped the Thai Radio charts.

Their gigs in Asia have been riotous affairs, especially the one in Bangkok’s trendy shopping district – Siam Square, where at the height of the bird flu outbreak two renegade dancers had a pillow fight and ended up covering the crowd with bird feathers. Futon’s debut album “Never mind the Botox” is released in Thailand in November 2003. The initial run of 4,000 – a plastic encased limited edition – is snapped up at lightning speed. London’s taste makers are already wise to Futon. Radio DJ’s like Radio 1’s Steve Lamacq and Zane Lowe, Xfm’s Lauren Laverne and Eddie Temple Morris are championing Futon on their Shows. Industrial electronic pioneers Coil have remixed their first single “I wanna be your dog” Ace DJ Mark Moore lists 2 of their singles on his top 10 DJ Chart and still plays their “Gay Boy” remix continuously at his club nights; Nag Nag Nag invited Futon to play live in September 2004. The band also play at Mark Moore’s Electrogogo and supported Client at ‘Being Boiled’. Futon headlines at the ‘Underworld’ in London. Subsequently they race back to play scheduled shows in Vietnam. Meanwhile back in Bangkok, they headline at the Fat Festival in November in front of 20,000 people. Along with artists like Peaches, Felix Da Housecat and the Velvet Underground Futon appear on the CD Soundtrack to the HBO documentary ‘Thinking XXX’ for details check out HERE for more info. SUEDE’s former drummer Simon Gilbert joins Futon full time. Futon supports Avril Lavigne and plays at the MTV ASIA AID after show party in Bangkok. Futon’s MV for “Tokyo Sunset” is nominated for a Channel V Award. They also presented an award at the Event. Futon play live dates in Tokyo ,Shanghai, Berlin, Paris & London Their 2nd album “Love Bites” along with the music video for the single “Rich Baby” is released in Thailand . Futon are hailed as MTV Thailand’s Artist Alert of the month for July. Love Bites is released in Japan on Avex Records. Futon are chosen by Tiger Beer to front the Tiger ‘Translate’ tour under the banner of ‘taking the best of Asia to the world’. Shows follow in Shanghai, Dublin, Singapore and Bangkok. Futon are one of the first unsigned bands to be featured in the UK’s Observer Music Monthly magazine. Videos for ‘Rich, Baby’ and ‘That Look in your Eye’ are on high rotation on MTV Thailand and high rotation in the USA on IMF and MTV Chi. The Band play a series of shows in London and pick up rave reviews. Futon Release a 7’’ UK single on Dirte Records. PainKiller – Futon record their third album, produced by Tim Simenon (Bomb the Bass, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, Bjork). Remixed in London by Junk Scientist ( The Rakes Larkin Love). Remixes come from Chicks On Speed, DJ Blink, XHO and Punx Soundcheck. Russell Brand talks about Futon and plays ‘Strap it On’ during his BBC Radio 2 radio show. “…Like ice cream: nice” (Lauren Laverne,NME) “…Dirty punk underwear under electro trousers: a world class act” (Simon Napier-Bell , Observer Music Monthly) “A mesmerizing performance, they blur all boundaries” (Mark Moore ) “A head-on car crash between Asian and European pop culture” (MTV Trax) “Punked-up pop with a rock n’ roll attitude” (The Nation) “Futon are Good and Sexy !’’ Russell Brand UK DJ, ( BBC radio 2)









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