“Summer Scenes and Punk Rock Dreams” is a phrase that best describes the sound of this modern rock band from just-south of Detroit.
“Hiding In Thailand” have sworn an oath to provide the world with fun, catchy songs and energetic, engaging live performances.
Their story began with singer-songwriter Todd Stephen Sclafani who has been a prolific artist in the Detroit music scene for nearly a decade. After struggling for success with a few of his previous bands, Todd decided to record a solo CD titled “Heartache Son” which was a compilation of songs that he had been writing for a couple years. When the time came to arrange the tunes for live performances, Todd turned to his brother, Troy to cover the percussion. Troy was a seasoned vet in the performance department, having been the section leader for the touring ensemble “Phantom Regiment” as well as first chair in the Michigan State University Marching Band for four years. “ We had our first band together when we were kids” Troy recalls. “ I was about eight or nine years old when my brother came home with an electric guitar. He told me that we were starting a band and I could either play bass or drums. I chose to play the drums obviously and then we started playing. I didn’t even own any drums at the time so I used trash can lids as cymbals and buckets for drums. We would turn up the jam box and flash the lights on and off in the basement…It was a non-stop rock concert for our family and friends!”
Todd and Troy eventually learned to play their respective instruments and formed their first official band in high school. They learned the value of playing popular cover songs early as they entertained their peers during pep-rallies and at basketball games, but the band broke up after Todd graduated and headed to college.
Although they always remained close, Todd and Troy never played in a band together again until Todd found himself looking for musicians to play his solo album live. Troy decided that he needed an outlet for his creativity as well and the two began rehearsing songs for their first live performance.
Todd was given the job of providing live entertainment at the bar where he worked and used it as an opportunity to showcase his new songs and group.
The response was overwhelming and the group soon had a regular gig. “It was like being in high school again.” Todd stated. “We were have so much fun playing and writing songs, and the new material was a lot different than what was on my solo album, a lot brighter and more fun to play.”
The group had a place to play and two full time members but no name as of yet. The rest of the group was being filled in by a rotating cast of friends, but Todd and Troy were anxious to find a permanent member to complete the line-up.
They turned to their high school friend, Mike White, whose love of ’80s alternative rock and “skate punk” seemed to compliment Todd’s melodic rock style well and the “Hiding In Thailand” sound was born.
The group began rehearsing several times a week and eventually had material that was ready for the studio.
“We aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel or anything.” Todd explains. “We just decided to write songs that are fun to play, that a lot of people will enjoy hearing live. We wanted to create a party atmosphere at our live shows.”
After seeing so many bands come and go “Hiding In Thailand” decided to adopt a fresh philosophy about the music business as well; “Part Time Musicians, Part Time Superheroes, Full Time Friends.”
“This will ensure that we always keep our focus and our priorities straight,” explains Todd
The group spent several weeks and a few dollars on Sharpies and Poster board trying to nail down a name that worked. During one rehearsal, Mike was watching TV between sets and started laughing about a fugitive that was found “Hiding In Thailand” and after the band had a good laugh they realized that they had found their name.
Matt Martin from the Detroit pop punk group Local Legend was also recruited to play lead guitar and fill in the background vocals, completing the lineup.
Recently, Dave Vida joined the band on Bass as well.
If the songs on their newly recorded EP, “More Than Ordinary,” are any indication of the opportunities that are around the corner for “Hiding In Thailand”, it would be safe to assume that the sky is the limit for this exciting and explosive band!
Todd Stephen Sclafani-Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Matt Martin-Guitar, vocals
Mike White-Bass on "In All Directions EP" Graphic design work/Artwork
H.I.T. released their second EP titled "More Than Ordinary" and the tracks are available for streaming and radio play.
A typical set list for H.I.T. can include a mixture of modern rock covers and originals, depending on what is appropriate for the occasion. A typical set list would consist of about 30 to 45 minutes of music with a 15 minute break for multiple set shows.