Fans waited with bated breaths. No one knew what would happen to iconic rockers Big Ass when lead singer Ekarat Wongcharat announced, earlier this year, that he was leaving the band for good.
Word about his imminent departure had been circulating on the rumour mill for quite some time, but when the news proved accurate it caused shock and much disbelief simply because Ekarat had played such a major role in putting Big Ass on the local musical map.
Then speculation started to fly about who would replace him. Some people thought guitarist Poonsak Jaturaboon would be the one most likely to step up to the microphone since he'd already tested the waters, so to speak, with Toom Yoo Nai Jai, which was included on the soundtrack for Suckseed, a commercial hit in cinemas nationwide. On the basis that most of the Big Ass musos had been working with Bodyslam on and off for the past decade and more, other fans predicted that the remaining members of the group would cease all live gigs and stick to the studio. There were also the pessimists who were sure Big Ass would simply disband, with the members striking out on their own, launching new business ventures.
Then, about two months back, photos of an unfamiliar face started surfacing on the internet, accompanying reports that this man was to be Ekarat's replacement. That claim wasn't confirmed until the band's official social-media outlets also started to post pictures of the bearded stranger.
Enter Daycha Konalo, who made his public debut on the first new single from Big Ass in four years, Dan Neramirt (Wonderland), which was released on Aug 23.
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