Saturday, April 1, 2006

Guest Performers


SOLACE ( band performance was cancelled )
"Seek comfort in our music"

SOLACE is about music that resonates from within. It is intense and intimate, as it is disarming in its honesty and unnerving in its sincerity.

Though musically superb, it has not lost "heart" as the album is not about catchy hooks and melodies, nor groovy bass lines, frantic guitars or polyrhythmic drum patterns, it's not even about the moving chord progressions or the soaring yet soothing vocals. It's about music that is fresh, cozy and comforting; new, yet surprisingly familiar. It is about good story telling.

The four-piece band has paid their dues and has poured in their wealth of experience and passion to give life to a collection of 10 original songs in an album called "Never Easy" under (Paragon Music Corporation) out March 2006.

Composed of Singer-Songwriter Chad Cañares a dreamer who has honed his craft as lead vocalists of UK Lily -- a premier 80's New Wave Band in Cebu; Guitarist Sam Codilla, who is not a 1st timer in the recording scene having been part of the band Roots that recorded under a multinational record label in the early 90's; Bassist Rodney Vidanes and drummer Herz Fremista who have been nominated as Bassist and Drummer of the year respectively at the NU Rock Awards as members of the 2003 Muziklaban champion, Fuseboxx. Solace definitely captures the texture, depth and color of life with so much eloquence in music as they do with words.

"Our music is our solace" the band says, "it is our source of comfort and relief." Like the carrier single "Never Easy" which talks about dealing with a bad relationship you can't get out of; or the wonderfully sarcastic "Bang (Happy To See Me Again)" a song about losing one's self to other's judgments that burst with both verve and compositional brilliance. Other tracks featured are about stealing time ("Borrowed Time"), biting off more than you can chew ("Healing"), following your dreams ("Dream Maker"), closure ("Bridging the Gap"), and even a death of a close brother ("Riding with Angels") . To them the songwriting process was needed retreat from a backbreaking toil.

Hence, leave the rat race for once and buckle down on your own safe corner and spend time with yourself, think back, reminisce, listen…and find your own solace.

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The Late Isabel

by Karl R. de Mesa

In the dreams of those she haunts, Isabel is always leaving. She has been sighted barefoot and pale, by various sleepers, at the doorstep of a familiar downtown cinema, the gates of a university building at closing time, departing a smoky club and exiting a convenience store at twilight. She vanishes when she steps to the curb, just as the high beams of an approaching car freeze her. Those who do wake, often wake in sweat.

“I was playing with a visual concept, a series of posters showing this half-familiar woman always in transit,” says Allan Hernandez, explaining the basis of the name and the band’s wraith-like, female persona.

The music of THE LATE ISABEL is the origin, product and nature of this haunting rolled into a single koan. It is music that makes of funerals and wakes a celebration -- a time to sing and a time to dance as tears run down your face. The character of Isabel, the vignettes and scenes of her life (and probably her demise) live on in the band’s songs. Aural creations that crest and break like a wave of grief to wash over both viscera and brain with the force of psychedelia, ambient, shoegazer, dark wave and goth.

The band started in 1998 as MADELINE USHER then renamed itself OLD WORLD CHARM in 1999, shedding and gaining a few members along the way. Earlier still it was a death metal outfit named THANATOPSY, and so on to THE LATE ISABEL DELGADO, now remembered even more easily -- and fondly -- without her surname. The band is currently composed of WAWI NAVARROZA (vocals), ALLAN HERNADEZ (guitars), JP AGCAOILI (drums), and ROVAL BACALE (bass), all veterans of the Manila goth-punk scene.

Coming of age in the post-punk era, the quartet grew up with a love for bands that eschewed the freewheeling go-go of ‘80s mainstream music, groups like The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Clan of Xymox, Bauhaus, Joy Division and the gaggle of artists under the 4AD banner. With this came the intuitive understanding that music had to function on all to achieve a holistic effect.

“Art is not an isolated experience. It is deeply personal and deeply communal. I believe that the visual aspect of the band needs to be included in the package,” relates JP Agcaoili.

“If I could put music, painting, poetry, literature all in one package, then I would love to do that,” agrees Wawi Navarroza.

Their debut album, DOLL’S HEAD, is made up of eight exceptional tracks composed of equal parts lament, anguish, awe and snapshots of everyday tragedies. From the sinuous and seductive chant of the title track, the hungry eloquence of “Fingers Around the Wineglass,” the demented agitation of “Follow (The Mad March),” to the exploration of the urban abyss that is “Midnight City,” the record is indeed the culmination of two years’ labor in the subculture fringe.

Meanwhile, their live performance has been praised as a “tour through the dark corners of . . .dreams,” and that, “to watch The Late Isabel live is to be intrigued. . .and entranced.”

DOLL’S HEAD crystallizes the quartet’s skill for leading the listener to precision rapture via a swirling palette of textures and sonic landscapes that bring to fore the monsters, beautiful or otherwise, lurking in the depths. Proof that being haunted can be a ravishing, rhapsodic experience.


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MUSINGS of a Cigarette Smoking Man

Michael Diez-guitars, vocals
Edsel Abesames-guitars
Donna Diez-bass
Joon Guillien-drums

MOACSM plays melodic, riff-heavy songs with introspective lyrics. Songs as ‘Royal’, ‘Used to Be’, ‘Man in the Terminal’, speaks of universal experiences of love, loss and hope.

The band was recently featured in FHM as one of the band to watch out for this year.
A three-song demo is currently being recorded. For bookings contact 09165909343.

Formed sometime in the last millennia, Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man's music was forced upon the unsuspecting masses' consciousness through one outrageously, unspectacular gig somewhere in España.*

Since then our brave and relentless heroes managed to overcome their indolence and have drawn comparisons to the music of groups whose melodic knack resembles something like music.

Hubris, Points Of Aggression

Band Members:
Andrew Arbis - Drums/Back Up
Adam Cadiz - Guitars/Vocals
Jazzer Jasper - Bass/Gay Screams

Song Line Up:
The Fall (Original)
Forgive And Forget (Original)
Maybe I'll Catch Fire (Original)
Anticipation (Original)

Band Info:
Be prepared for screaming vocals, heavy-riffs, groovy bass lines, and heart pounding drums. Hubris is a hard rock band nestled in the dirty south. Their songs have sacrilegious, hate, and redemption themes to it.

Started in the mid 2000’s this hard rock project as stated by Andrew Arbis, has gone through 6 or so line up changes due to over-egoistic members. The band has finally delivered when they have recorded their first song “Forgive and Forget” a tribute to those who they have wronged in the past. As more songs kept on pouring. The band decided to record the band’s soon to be out EP “Hubris Tenebris, Points of Aggression” which will be sometime the end of 2006. This will compose of 7 tracks and songs featuring “Mother Burn, The Fall, Anticipation, Forgive and Forget, And Here Lays Icarus”.

For gigs, info, and invites, pleases call or text Adam and Andrew.
Adam- 09162101221
Andrew- 09189434420


Abby – Vocals/Keyboards
Albert – Guitars
Eric – Synth/Keyboards
Jessy – Bass
Lester - Drums

And while some bands become less progressive and more commercial-sounding, one band begins to take over the reins of Progressive music here in the Philippines.

Formed 2001 fuseboxx has gotten widespread acclaim first and foremost with their musical precision and technical proficiency with their instruments: The guitar work is impeccable, the rhythm section extremely technical and the keyboards way too progressive, all under an enigmatic voice that cuts through the complex of the music; secondly with their ability to meld and incorporate different musical elements from a vast array of genres (rock, fusion, pop, classical, metal, alternative, etc.) into cohesive and thematic materials, sometimes arranging their music into movements in order to convey a compelling musical message; and thirdly, as one of the strongest live acts that will leave any rock fan, musician or musical critic breathless with their ability to constantly amaze their audiences, as much with their “mathematical” arrangements and musical dexterity, as the apparent passion each member puts into the creation and performance of their music onstage.

Truly, watching fuseboxx perform would be an unforgettable and visceral experience, proving not only to Filipinos in the country, but to everyone around the world that musicality and creativity at the level of all the known fusion and progressive rock bands in the international music scene (such as Rush, Dream Theater, Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Genesis, etc) aren't reserved for bands of the First World... with fuseboxx, the Third World, especially the Philippines, can show what musicians we “Filipinos” are made of.

· Grand Champion 2003 Redhorse Muziklaban challenge
· 3rd place Yupangco Asian Beat 2002

· EP/Demo Listen - 20003 (self produced)
· FUSEBOXX – full length album 2005 (self titled /self produced distributed by Universal Rec.)

Contact person: Ann Jacinto #0917-8327292


REKLAMO is souly dedicated to vent out our frustrations, hate, envy towards anything and everything in the form of songs and instrumental music.

A 4 piece band, consisting of Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums and Saxophone.

Our music is rock infused, having all originals and one cover song. (Theme of Transformers! J )

The band’s goal is to share their music to an ample supply of listeners whom are willing to hear something new in the local music scene.

Formed 6 months ago. Played gigs at Bigskymind, 6Underground, Saguijo, Music and Arts Festivals, support Charity related events, as well as other productions and establishments in metro manila. Just recently played at the 5th Philippine Toy Convention (June18th Sunday 2006).

LC De Leon: Guitar
Empi Katindig: Bass
Mervin Mendoza: Drums
Shereen Saiyed: Alto Saxophone

Band’s Links:
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  1. I love the performance of Hubris.


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