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Love is the drug

Rock trio release their comeback single

Photos by Varuth Hiranyatheb and courtesy of Grand Musik

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Six years ago, when the popular rock band Clash broke up, fans were relieved when several members went on to do new projects.

Clash guitarist Thapana Na Bangchang (Hack) started the band SDF in 2013 with four of his friends. They played shows all around the kingdom and had two songs — “Sutri (To the Extreme)” and “Kerd Ma Puer Rak Ther (I Was Born to Love You)” — featured in TV dramas in 2014.

But after this initial success, things didn’t quite go according to plan and SDF took a break. Eventually, they changed their line-up and signed to GMM Grammy’s label Grand Musik. Now a trio — Hack, singer Nitinan Chantaradecha (Champ) and bassist Chirasak Faising (Tai) — SDF have released their comeback single “Yindee Tee Dai Rak (Glad That I Loved You),” which has already attracted over five million views on YouTube.

S Weekly caught up with SDF at Grand Musik HQ to talk all about their triumphant return.

What does SDF stand for?

Champ: It stands for Sex, Drugs and Family. Songwriter Patiwet Uthaichalerm (Fongbeer) suggested it to us. The idea is that our music is for people of both sexes, it’s like a drug to us and it brings us and our fans together like one big family.

How do you feel about the reception for the new single and video?

Tai: We’re all very happy about it. The video had a million views in its first week. That’s really satisfying.

Champ: We hadn’t released any new music for nearly two years, so our fans had been waiting a long time. And I also think that our new image has helped. We’re a trio now, which gives us a different look and feel. And we’re on a new label. I think that exposes us to a wider audience.

Can you explain the line-up change?

Hack: The other members decided to leave because of musical and creative differences. They wanted to go in a different direction and that’s cool.

Champ: We work well as trio. It’s easier to manage time and for the band to make decisions.

Tell us about the new song, “Glad That I Loved You.”

Hack: It’s another rock ballad in the style that we’re known for. But we made it more accessible than our previous music.

Champ: The lyrics are about a guy who recently got dumped. The girl left him for another guy. He’s hurting but keeping the pain to himself. Instead of being angry at her, he chooses to hold on to the good memories of their relationship.

Hack, is it true that the song is based on your own experience?

Hack: Yes, partly. One day when I was cleaning up my bedroom, I found a few old photos from my university years. There were lots of photos of me and my ex. All these memories started flashing through my mind. I felt very emotional.

As well as a video, you’ve also released a companion short film. Why?

Champ: Yes, it’s a 12-minute film. It’s becoming necessary for artists nowadays to do this kind of thing. Fans get to understand the concepts behind the music and the video.

Will fans have to wait another two years before they hear your next song?

Hack: Probably not. [Laughs.]

Champ: We are very happy with the deal we have with Grand Musik. We have big plans for the year ahead. We’ll be touring and releasing music. Fans won’t have to wait too long for the next single.

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Vocabulary:

accessible : easy to understand -

audience : the people who watch/listen to an event happen - ผู้ชม

ballad (noun): sentimental song that tells a story - เพลงช้าที่มีใจความบรรยายถึงความรัก

comeback : a period when someone or something becomes successful or popular again - การกลับมา(ดัง) อีกครั้ง

concept : a principle or idea - ความคิด

creative : involving a lot of imagination and new ideas - ซึ่งมีความคิดริเริ่ม, ซึ่งมีความคิดสร้างสรรค์

dump (verb): to end a romantic relationship with somebody - ทิ้ง, เลิกกับ

emotional : related to strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general - มีอารมณ์

exposed : made known; uncovered - เปิดเผยต่อ

flash : to shine very brightly for a short time; to make something shine in this way - ส่องแสงวาบขึ้นมา

HQ (noun): headquarters; the place where an organisation or company has its main offices - สำนักงานใหญ่ กองบัญชาการ

image (noun): a picture in the mind - ภาพในความนึกคิด; จินตภาพ

initial : early; first - เบื้องต้น

label : a company that produces records -

lyrics : the words of a song - เนื้อเพลง

memory (noun): something that you remember from the past; the ability to remember information, experiences and people - ความจำ

project : a planned piece of work that is designed to find information about something, to produce something new, or to improve something - โครงการ

reception : the way in which someone or something is received or welcomed - การต้อนรับ

relieved : happy that something unpleasant has not happened or has ended - โล่งใจ, เบาใจ, หมดกังวล, ผ่อนคลาย

satisfying (adj): making you feel pleased or happy - ซึ่งสนองความพอใจ, อิ่มใจ

suggest : to mention an idea or a plan for somebody else to think about - เสนอ, เสนอแนะ

trio (noun): a group of three people; a group of three - กลุ่มที่ประกอบด้วย 3 คน; กลุ่มที่ประกอบด้วย 3

triumphant : showing great satisfaction or joy about a victory or success, very successful in a way that causes great satisfaction - ที่รู้สึกภาคภูมิจากชัยชนะ

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