Monday, February 22, 2010

Ereaer Heads

The Eraserheads or Eheads is undoubtedly one of the most popular bands in our country, so popular that they even bagged the title of being the country’s own The Beatles. It was in the year 1989 when schoolmates Ely Buendia (lead vocals and guitar), Marcus Adoro (lead guitars), Buddy Zabala (bass), and Raimund Marasigan (drums) formed the band at The University of The Philippines Diliman. They started as a band which covers different songs at different university functions and eventually played in the popular Club Dredd, therefore gaining a strong fan base. Unfortunately, record companies didn’t take notice of them until the year 1992, when BMG Records Pilipinas signed them on. In 1993, they released their first album entitled Ultraelectromagneticpop in which the songs Pare ko, Ligaya, and Tindahan ni Aling Nena came from. Their songs With A Smile, Alapaap, and Magasin came from their next album, Circus which was released in 1994. Following Circus was the 1996 album Cutterpillow, the album that went gold before even reaching record stores via pre-release sales. In the same year, they also released their album Fruitcake, which is actually a Christmas Album. The release of their 5th album in 1997 entitled Stickerhappy contains popular songs such as Spoliarium and Para sa Masa. In the year 1998, the Eraserheads released their greatest hits album which was actually sold all over asia. In line with their asian release, the Eraserheads also received limited airtime on the radio station KROQ in Los Angeles in 1999. They also released the album Natin99 in the same year. The album Carbon Stereoxide, released in 2001, was their final album. Vocalist Ely Buendia left the band in 2002 and was replaced by Kris Dancel. The band did not release and album anymore, thus, permanently disbanding. More proof on how popular the band really was can be found in the album Ultraelectomagneticjam, a tribute album to the Eraserheads with different bands covering their greatest hits. As of today, it has been confirmed that there will be an Eraserheads reunion for one night only happening at the CCP complex on August 30.


For the first time in Winnipeg, an alternative band, Siakol, performed and brought the house down with their hits that have made them popular in the Philippine rock music scene.

On their first tour outside the Philippines, the Siakol band had the audience dancing, rocking and asking for more as the group sang "Biyaheng Impyerno, "Pagmamahal", "Bakit Ba?", "Peksman", "Lagim", "Lakas-tama", and "Gobyerno".

After 14 songs, the audience chanted for an encore and the group obliged with two more songs, Lagim from their first album (Tayo na sa Paraiso) and Gabay (guide) from their latest album (Kabilang Mundo).

Presented by Jaizen Design, the show began with performances by local bands: haLf man haLf eLf (Alfie, Roy, Abet, Ten-ten), Resurrection (Paul, Paris, Dig, Amber and Dennis), Foursight (Arwin, Ricky, Jason and Rod).

Siakol's band member Noel Palomo (vocals), Wowie Flores (bass), Anthony Cervantes (guitar), James Rodriguez (drums), together with their manager, Jason Gerodias would like to thank the Filipino-Canadian community for thier warm reception and for being part of their show. In turn, their Winnipeg Fans' message to the grou p: "Your music touches our hearts. Keep on making music, you guys ROCK! (J.Paredes/AP)

Kitchie Nadal

Kitchie's massive popularity in the pop-rock niche grew after releasing the soaring single, Huwag na Huwag Mong Sasabihin. The album has since achieved double platinum status (over 80,000 copies sold) and hailed as one of the most successful albums released by a female artist of all time.

Kitchie’s exceptional song writing skills was duly recognized by local Philippine networks, who tapped her to create the TV themes of several popular soaps like I Love New York, Rounin and Majika. She has also appeared in several tribute albums for legendary musicians in the Philippine scene.

In 2005-2007, Kitchie began touring outside the country, spreading her music to places as far as Japan, HongKong, Korea, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, India, Sydney, Qatar, Canada, Taiwan and the United States. It was a two-way process, and Kitchie accounts her current sound to the vast cultural influences encountered in her travels.

Kitchie has began releasing song samples to international listeners, and receiving outstanding feedback and reviews. Her songwriting has been described “agonizingly beautiful” and her songs “completely flawless.” The young musician continues to do live gigs in the Philippines, while also collaborating with both local and foreign artists.

Hailed for her beautifully haunting vocals and song writing strength, Kitchie Nadal continues to expand her fan base with new songs: Firefly, Wide Awake, Grace and Armour Bearer. This 26-year old musician is finishing her 2nd full length album entitled “Love Letters”, one highly anticipated since her last release in 2004, the hugely successful “Kitchie Nadal.” Her 2nd album which has 14 tracks is due to be released on March, 2008.


A group of five talented young musicians with their individual styles blended perfectly to impart their own rendition of alternative, new wave and top 40 sound in the new "Are You Serious?" album released by Universal Records.

SHAMROCK is about to enter the mainstream to answer the call for those who are looking for something different. The album's carrier single, "Ms. Serious", has been receiving extensive radio airplay in leading radio stations.

Another Shamrock original original, "Alipin", is fast becoming a most requested item on the airlanes.

There are indeed several hit potentials in the "Are You Serious?" album - "Dalangin (Kanta To)", "Waiting For Summer", "Up There", "Today", "In My Head", and "Radio Girl".

A Rey Valera classic, "Naaalala Ka", has been given a new wave feel through a contemporary arrangement and sleek vocal interpretation by the band's singer, Marc Tupaz.

All the songs in the album are composed by Sam Santos except for "In My Head" by Marc Tupaz, "Waiting For Summer" by S. Santos/D. Deri, "Radio Girl" by Paco Arespacochaga/Pancho Gonzales and Naaalala Ka" by Rey Valera.

Lead vocalist Marc Tupaz grew up in Los Angeles. Blessed with both good looks and a heavenly voice, he was destined for a musical profession. He started lessons at Vocal Power in Los Angeles, California and continued voice lessons under the tutelage of Mrs. Vina Gonzales of the U.P. Conservatory of Music.

His biggest influences are vintage rock n' roll songs, dating back to the Beatles. With light alternative rock as the band's repertoire, Marc's voice is a fresh mix of the old and new combining standard vocal skills with the new sound of modern alterative rock; thus creating a sound that is distinctively Sharmock.

Bassist Sam Santos always dreamed of being a rock star; so he learned to play the bass at a very early age. The former Slapshock member has refined his guitar skills and has matured to be a dynamic performer. Everybody loves watching Sam onstage.

Guitarist Nico Capistrano possesses a solid New Wave background. He has helped the band perfect their New Wave repertoire. Nico's contribution, however, extends to the alternative genre as well. His superb guitar solos accents Shamrock's music with that unique alternative flavor.

Drummer Harald Huyssen is a truly passionate performer. Every beat of his drums is no less heart-pounding, simply invigorating. A 110 percent rocker, Harald's energetic performances perk up the band's consistently vigorous sets.

Keyboard artist Henry Abesamis was a former member of the band Skin, along with the then Introvoys frontman Paco Arespacochaga. He has the unique talent of accompanying almost all song performances, at random. With his vast musical experiences, Henry has been known to his friends as the walking videoke machine.

Collectively known as Shamrock - Marc, Sam, Nico, Harald and Henry has simply become a formidable musical force. Armed with their new "Are You Serious?" album with a mission to provide their audience with something different; they will surely be a musical staple for a long, long time.


Rivermaya, one of the most popular rock bands in the Philippines, performed in Seoul for the first time Saturday at the Asia Song Festival.

But the biggest thrill the group got was meeting their Korean fans, who even put up a Rivermaya banner during the concert.

The Korea Times met Rivermaya, composed of drummer Mark Escueta, vocalist Jayson Fernandez, bassist Japs Sergio and guitarist Mike Elgar, for an interview backstage at the Seoul World Cup Stadium Saturday.

Even the fact that they were invited to perform at one of Asia's largest pop music festivals was a surprise for the down-to-earth band members.

``We were really surprised when we got an email, but it's a great honor to be invited to perform at this festival,'' Escueta said.

Rivermaya was in a relaxed mood throughout the interview, cracking jokes and listening to music on their iPods while waiting for the concert to start. But they are serious about their music.

``We try to do our best with every gig we do. We give the same performance,'' Elgar said.

Rivermaya is considered one of the most influential Filipino rock bands. They are already well known in Southeast Asia, after releasing an all English-language album. They also performed in top music festivals in Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore, as well as the MTV Asia Awards.

But the members were obviously excited about performing in Korea, especially at a huge venue like the Seoul World Cup Stadium.

``We also want to see the performances of the other Asian artists at the concert. We want to see the style of different Asian singers and groups,'' Elgar said.

Rivermaya hopes their performance at the Asia Song Festival will highlight just how talented Filipino musicians are. They noted how Filipino singers such as ``Miss Saigon'' star Lea Salonga, Black Eyed Peas member Apl.d.Ap, Journey lead singer Arnel Pineda and lately, young singer Charice Pempengco have been making waves on the international scene.

It was actually Rivermaya's second time to perform in Korea, although the first time was a concert for the Filipino community in Ulsan. At that time, the band had another lead singer who dropped out last year.

Fernandez, the new lead singer, seems to have fit in quite easily with the rest of the group. Last February, the band released a new album ``Buhay'' (Life).

Before the concert, Fernandez was assigned to learn a few Korean sentences to say to the audience. It was something Fernandez found easy, especially since he had watched Korean dramas such as ``Full House'' in Manila.

Rivermaya also managed to meet some of their Korean fans at the hotel where they were staying. Apparently the Koreans became fans of Rivermaya after listening to their music while studying in the Philippines.

``They even have a banner for us, which says `Ang Rivermaya' (translated as The Rivermaya). That was great,'' Sergio said.

Rivermaya has been around since 1994, and the band is thankful that they continue to make music that people love to listen to.

Parokya Ni Edgar

Parokya ni Edgar is a Filipino band that was formed in 1993 by a group of Ateneo de Manila High School students. The band is famous and most lauded for its original rock novelty songs and often satirical covers of famous songs. The band has since transcended musical genres, varying styles from one song to another - alternative rock to pop rock, funk to rapcore, and so on - while providing comic relief to their listeners. Before Parokya ni Edgar Naming themselves Comic Relief, the band originally consisted of three vocalists - Alfonso "Chito" Miranda, Jr. , Gabrielle Ignatius "Gab" Chee-Kee, Francis Vincent "Vinci" Montaner, and two guitarists, Miko and Jerick. The honed their musical skills through after-school jamming, before performing an opening number for an Eraserheads concert. This break prompted the band to add a drummer and a bassist - enter Dindin Moreno and Buhawi Meneses. This same performance also marked the change of the band's name to Parokya ni Edgar.[clarify] After high school, Miko and Jerick, the two guitarists, left the band to pursue other interests. As a replacement, the remaining band members invited to their fold guitarist Darius Semaña. (lead guitarist) Parokya ni Edgar The band's name has been said to have been derived from an old classroom joke involving the main character in the Jose Rizal novel Noli Me Tangere, one of their school subjects. The band soon started playing at the legendary local band hub, Club Dredd. Coming out during the height of the Pinoy rock explosion, with the Filipino rock community giving in to the influence of foreign bands, especially grunge acts such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, Parokya ni Edgar played like no other. Their jokes, silly antics, and outrageous performances paved the way to the popularity that they currently enjoy. Eventually, the late Bella Dy Tan, managing director of Universal Records signed them up as contract artists after viewing a gig at Club Dredd. Soon their initial recordings such as Buloy, Trip and Lutong Bahay were heard across the nation. Their first album, Khangkhungkherrnitz became a triple platinum hit in the Philippines. Musical legacy Since their inception, Parokya ni Edgar's have enjoyed unmatched staying power in the recording scene of the Philippines. Chito Miranda has served as the band's frontman, filtering the band's output to the taste of its audience. Close associates and friends of the band point out that the band's easy-going, self-effacing persona is calculated and, to a certain extent, planned.


Bamboo is a Filipino alternative rock band founded in 2003 by the former vocalist of Rivermaya, Bamboo Mañalac.

Band origin

Francisco "Bamboo" Mañalac serves as the band's frontman. Contrary to popular belief, the band is not named after him. According to Ira Cruz, the guitarist, the word bamboo relates to strength and durability with an island feel to it. Also, it's very Filipino and Asian at the same time. Their first priority for a band name during 2000s was "Audio Barangay" which means "Audio Neighborhood" in English. However, they realized that its a bit hard to pronounce and it is not that catchy compared to just "Bamboo." They also dropped the name "Audio Barangay" because Audioslave was formed roughly the same time during their band's formation, to avoid confusion.

Two of its members, Bamboo Mañalac and Nathan Azarcon, were formerly part of Rivermaya. The other two members, Ira Cruz and Vic Mercado, were former instrumentalists of another band, Passage. Ira Cruz and Nathan Azarcon were also former members of the band Kapatid during that time.

Four years after their departure from Rivermaya, Mañalac and Azarcon caught up again with each other, during which Azarcon introduced him to Ira Cruz and Vic Mercado.

Music career

Bamboo's debut album, As The Music Plays, was released in February 2004 where it received positive response from fans and critics alike. The album also won numerous awards at the AWIT Awards, NU 107 Rock Awards, and MTV Pilipinas 2004.

Their second album, Light Peace Love, which was released in 2005, consists of ten songs with differing moods and subjects, and took only 3 months to record. This album has a softer sound with both its lyrics and delivery. For this album, the band added more strings and a variety of other instruments, including a trumpet. The band admitted that this album had a personal feel to it. They experimented with several new styles that may please new listeners, at the risk of disappointing fans of the more conventional rock of their first album. Nathan Azarcon is a Thomasian Triskelion.

Their third album, We Stand Alone Together, was released in 2007 with participation of JOSHUA "JESSA". It contains revived local songs such as Buklod's "Tatsulok" and international songs such as Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" from different generations. It also includes bonus tracks like unplugged versions of their hit songs from previous albums such as "Mr. Clay", "These Days", and "Hallelujah". Once again, opting to do away with the conventional rock image that was attached to them , they produced sounds which were more jazzy than expected.

Star Records--backed up by ABS-CBN TV Production and MYX--produced and created the official soundtrack for the tele-epiko "Rounin", wherein the title track “Argos” was performed by Bamboo. A new avenue was opened to the band, as “Argos” is said to be the band’s first venture to record a song for a primetime television show. It is also the first time for the multi-awarded band and Star Records to work together.

The band is also part of the “Days of Peace” Campaign by UNICEF with Gary Valenciano. The band's Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday album achieved platinum status on September 28, 2008- two days after its release.