Piman Sly is a 2-piece rock duo based in Bangkok, Thailand. Their music has hints of metal, stoner rock, grunge, hard rock and blues. Members are ‘Py’ (guitar/bass, vocal, lyrics) from Thailand; and ‘Iman’ (drums) from Indonesia.
After more than a year, they have finally released their follow-up single, ‘Good Boy Turned Bad’, accompanied with an animated music video by sinrapture – a Thai artist whose previous work included being lead animator for 88rising in New York. The song is based on a true story of Py’s childhood friend, which discusses about school violence and how the effects of bullying can turn a kind young boy into a violent young man. The animation interprets the song by employing different characters and symbols.
In Thailand, school violence – especially in vocational and polytechnic schools has been a problem for a very long time. Warring schools would fight with all sorts of weapons, whether rulers, knives or even homemade guns – for reasons ranging from turf, women, revenge or to collect an opponent’s belt buckle as a trophy. Although many want to go to school to study and achieve a better life, but the reasons why a large number of boys voluntarily choose certain schools for a life of violence is rooted deep in the culture of male dominance. Py’s childhood friend chose such a school to toughen himself up and escape from being bullied.
In his teens, he would go with his gang on a pickup truck and drive around late at night to find people to fight with. When he reached his mid-twenties, he had to takeover the family business – a poultry slaughterhouse after his father passed away suddenly. “I went to his father’s funeral and had a little chat with him while he was overlooking his employees slitting the throats of dozens of chickens each hour. He said because many of the slaughterers were local thugs, he had to beat them up once in a while to show his authority, saying he didn’t like it, but was necessary…” said Py.
Many years later, Py received a call from him saying that he quit the business after his mother passed away to pursue his passion in scenic photography. Hearing from the tone of his voice, Py felt that his friend finally felt happiness and peace…
The word ‘Piman’ came from mixing the members’ names – Py and Iman – together. The Thai idiom ‘Pi-man Sa-laai’ means ‘shattered heaven’ or ‘Paradise Lost’ that is usually used to describe a broken home, a dysfunctional family, or an unrealized dream – which aligns with what their music is about.