Punk Rocks Loud No More
Where are now the punk rocks bands in the Philippines, are there any revival of it or in other words is there a punk rock bands still famous nowadays? The most latest updates and big event gathering of some Pinoy Punk Rock Bands so far was last year 2009, as I know which is the “Metal and Hardcore Punk Nite” held at Tomas Morato corner E. Rodriguez, Quezon city which consists of 9 punk rock bands in the Philippines, some of them are oldies punk rock band from 1980s like Bad Omen punk rock band that was formed on the late 80’s and which “..gained notoriety in the early 90’s by playing underground shows and having participated in the compilation “Screams From The Underground” where original members Ramir..” which played guitar and as well as vocalist; Rheetyard which played drums, and Fishbone which played bass instrument.
Moreover, according to their fan page at face book “….the band then released their debut self titled full length record otherwise known as ‘The Black Cat Record’ where the single, ’Maling Sistema’ went on full rotation in the now defunct radio station LA 105.Several lineup changes went on throughout the 90s but the band steadily played shows and kept on releasing seminal punk records “Sell Out” and “We’re Back” as well as several compilations on Middle Finger Records. Original drummer Rheetyard went on to form NSA, which released numerous recordings on cassette bearing different meaning of the band’s acronym while…” the second generation vocalist according to Bad Omen name Ab,”… went on to other projects like Dear Dingo..”
Last 2009, the Bad Omen Pinoy punk rock band went on into embarkment on their very first international tour into Southeast Asia, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, “…the group embarked on their 1st Southeast Asian mini tour and hit Singapore and Kuala Lumpur Malaysia…The band is presently in the process of recording yet another record which is slated for the 2011 release..”But however, their 2011 CD was not known for it is already 2012.
Another Pinoy Punk Rock Band from the 2009 big gig night at Tomas Morato is the punk rock band “Betrayed”.
Betrayed punk rock band is said to be the Philippines’ premiere hardcore punk band according to the Pinoy punk rock band itself. It was born or formed in 1983 at Queens, New York by Eddie Siojo and his high school friend; the name of the punk rock band was taken, according to their fan page from the “…the Stiff Little Fingers Song ‘Rough Trade’”
However, they officially formed it when they meet in UP or University of the Philippines. At then, they call themselves “Jump Boys” which consists of three boys, namely Eddie Siojo as the lead singer and bassist player; Buddy Trinidad as the guitarists and David Reyes as one who played the drums.
However, the trio change their band name, ”Jump Boys” upon the suggestion of Eddie Siojo into Betrayed. “..the trio call themselves Jump Boys, then switch to Betrayed when Eddie Siojo suggests playing the latter’s material..”
The punk rock band become famous on UP campus grounds by playing interschool concerts and from then on, the Pinoy punk rock band Betrayed become famous at their time and come up with new fresh line ups performers as the former quits or pass away.
“They become visible on the UP interschool concert circuit, including the Brave New World concert series organized by Chaos guitarist Tommy Tanchangco. The band also gains essential radio airplay on RJAM; Dante ‘Howlin Dave’ David’s groundbreaking radio show Pinoy Rock N’ Rhythm.
Among the line up performers of the Pinoy punk rock band Betrayed, that replaces those who quitted and pass away were
1. Chris Canre : bass player from 1983 -1984
2. Carl Avecilla : drums player from 1983 -1984
3. Bong Eudella : bass player from 1985- 1986
4. Je Baustista (D) : bass player from 1986 -1987; 1995- 2003)
5. Mally Paraguya : bass player from 1988 – 1989
6. Dominic Gamboa : singer 1985
7. Boyet Miguel : guitar player from circa 1985
8. Manny Pagsuyuin : drums player from circa 1985
9. Daniel Maniego : bass player
10. Peng : bass player
“..Betrayed’s current line up is Buddy Trinidad (vocals/guitar). Boyet Miguel (guitar), Peng (bass) and Manny Pagsuyuin (drums)..”
However, the most successful line up comes from circa 1985 where they released two albums which becomes a hit.
“The band’s most successful line up circa 1985 consisted of Buddy Trinidad. singer Dominic Gamboa, guitarist Boyet Miguel and drummer Manny Pagsuyuin. They released two albums, the seminal self-title debut on DMZ records (under the auspices of A2Z Records) then re-issued on TRC, and “Again” in 1996..”
Another Pinoy Punk Rock Band is the Dead On Arrival (DOA) Band which is a metal core and hardcore band that consist of Daniel for drums; Doodoo for Bass; Jay for Guitar 1; Ferbie for Guitar 2;and Chippy for or as shouter. They have active gigs lately this year 2012.However not popular on mainstream media.
Divided We Fall is another Pinoy Punk Rock Band that is straightedge hardcore Punk Rock Band which spreads Krishna Consciousness.
“Divided We Fall is a straightedge hardcore punk band spreading Krishna Consciousness to its loyal followers.They are influenced by legendary bands Cro-Mags, Shelter and Youth of Today. They also do a mean cover of Biofeedback.’ Lasenggo, Gago’..”
The band consist of Ramil for vocals; Dencio for guitars; Jay for bass; Advaita for guitars, and Roblin for drums. However, former Divided We Fall punk rock band line ups or performers were, Alain for vocals ; Ryan for guitars.Chizo for guitar also; Jojo for bass; and Jevic also for bass.
Another Philippine premier Pinoy Punk Rock Band is the “Tame The Tikbalang” punk rock band. It is one of the longest surviving hardcore punk bands in the Philippines.
The” Tame The Tikbalang” Pinoy Punk Rock Band started in 1992 and there has been so far no changes in line up of performers but always the originals; members of the punk band are : Russell Eustaquio for vocals; Aries Victorino for bass guitar; Jepoi Bagtas for drums and Boyet Miguel for guitars.
“There have been a few line up changes since then, a few ups and downs along the way and they have since released a full length CD entitled “Forever Shall Be” under their own label Carmen Records..”
The name of the punk rock band, Tame The Tikbalang, according to the Tame The Tikbalang vocalist, Russell Eustaquio, gets it name from a sculpture Jack Sikat have seen in Makati that is called “The Taming of the Tikbalang” which Jack Sikat himself relate to Russell Eustaquio.
“I got the idea for the name, from Jack Sikat of Ethnic Faces. He had seen a Sculpture in Makati called ‘The Taming of the Tikbalang’ and I thought that would be a great name for a band..”
Tame The Tikbalang started as a groove-oriented rock band. They are the post rock band that preceded the Eraserheads that has gain a reputation on music industry in the Philippines because of their blistering live performances on the legendary Club Dredd.
“Our music started out more groove-oriented, because I was influenced by black rock and soul…”.”They soon become the darling of the hardcore scene, performing at the legendary Club Dredd and keeping the hardcore flame burning through the post- Eraserheads ‘alternative rock’ years. The band gained a reputation for their blistering live performances and would eventually release a 9-song album, ”Forever Shall be” in year 2002..”
Among other Pinoy Punk Rock Bands that has become famous in their respective years were: G.I & The Idiots, The Jerks, Urban Bandith, WUDS and the “The GOONS”. However, latest new fresh Pinoy Punk Rock Bands nowadays sprouted like Fear Itself, Nuky Pikes, Mink Oil and among others who are somewhat not famous Pinoy Punk Rock Bands created by some Pinoy Youth males who are wanted to be famous as Pinoy bands and which want to express what is inside them thru Music by Punk Rock Genre.