August 2, 2014
I was looking for something that I can write about for my block’s magazine, Hitch when I saw NCCA’s wall post about an indie music festival in Intramuros. As a probinsyana, I don’t really like going out of my comfort zone. So, I offered my friends the topic, pero ayaw nila hahaha. This one’s a really good idea so, I took the risk. The thing is, may depekto ang sense of direction ko. Yes, naligaw ako. Kaasar. Haha.Thank God there are lots of good people out there. A pedicab driver helped me out. Wala palang may alam sa Baluarte Plan Luneta de Sta. Isabel. Sabi ng mga guards, ‘dun lang daw sa may Clamshell or whatever they call that. I arrived 3 hours earlier and it sucked. Hahaha I waited, of course pero I’m very lucky to witness the event. It started out with a few hosts reciting their spiels tapos they introduced their first act, RJ Ilano. He’s a soloist, but he brought a band to accompany him. He was dubbed as askal by the event’s Supremo, Jeremy Lopez dahil daw wala s’yang iisang genre lang. He said that he can pretty much sing all sorts of music genre and I still don’t get the relationship between the two. Anyway, he was followed by Cedula Band. They are from PLM and most of their songs are influenced by their love for the country. Their songs are about Bonifacio, Rizal and The Philippines itself. I can still remember the tune of their first song, Libro ng Kahirapan. Matindi ang retention nung kanta. Their songs kind of unleashed the patriotic side of me, and I think that it’s a good thing. Pero syempre they’re not just all about social issues, they also performed two love songs. The first one was Pantasya. When they performed that song, I felt like listening to Silent Sanctuary and Parokya ni Edgar all at the same time. The feeling also was eerie. Ang galing nila!
The next set was performed by Ang Bandang PAT or simply, PAT. They’re an instrumental band that rocked the audience’s asses out. We even screamed for more! It felt like being in an action movie. Nakakabuhay ng dugo ang tugtugin nila. Malakas ang bass at ang sarap sa tenga ng guitars. Ear-gasm talaga.
Soil and Geen followed PAT. They were dubbed as Incubus Manila by the hosts mainly because they do sound like Incubus. And I don’t think that it’s a bad thing. Ang mahalaga, they gave us a buwis buhay performance. Bigla kasing lumakas yung ulan nung sila na yung nagperform. I was positioned right in front of them and got the chance to take some great photos. Nagkataon lang that we had to place ourselves somewhere safe. Pumunta kami sa tents tapos namigay sila ng EPs. Pinagsisisihan kong umalis ako dun. Huhu
So I returned to my spot and took more photos. I love my shots with Head Playback. I like their music kaso hindi ko marinig yung vocals. There’s something wrong with the mic na kasi that time kaya pati yung Audio Drive Thru na namigay ng stickers, hindi rin namin narinig yung vocals, But, music wise, they’re all good.
We had a little break from rock and roll when Gnarlydork did rap. He was followed by two representatives from Women’s Business Hiphop.
Syempre hindi mawawala ang Reggae. We were lucky to watch Mellow Submarine performed. They came all the way from Puerto Galero just to perform for us. Another reggae band performed called Engkanto. Puro sila may dread lux. Hahaha ang cute. They’re great. They know how to connect with the audience. I was actually surprised when people from behind me started singing along with them tapos nalaman kong most of the artists and audience are a part of Circulo Musikero.
Anyway, sumunod yung Brisom. They were nominated in the 2014 Yahoo Emerging Artist. Kinunan nila kami ng pictures at naghagis ng EPs. Wala na naman akong nakuha huhu. Hindi ko na sasabihin kung ga’no sila kagaling. Nasabi ko bang sobrang galing nila? Haha
Sinundan sila ng Leo and the Tolstoys. According to their facebook account, they’re a genre-less and/or experimental band. I can’t really tell. They performed past one o’clock in the morning and I was really tired. So, I literally slept on the wall at wala akong nakuhang pictures. When they finished, I woke up because of the next set, Saving the Dying Hope. A lot actually were waiting for them. Nasabi ko bang metalcore or hard core or scream sila? Yes, ‘dun ako nagising. Medyo naawa ako sa vocalist nila, kasi he had to drink water every time a song ends. Hindi ako nakakuha ng magagandang shots kasi ang pangit ng lighting nila huhu.
There were also performances from Michelle Manese, Slac Cayamanda, Louise Meets, Abby Orbeta, Zuela Herrera, and Cheryl Salvador of Words Anonymous.
The final act was performed of the 2013 Jack Daniel’s Chosen 1 band, Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus. Alas tres lang naman ng medaling araw sila nagperform. What a great spot for a Horror Rock/Theatrical Macabre band, which kind of makes me feel chilly right now.
After their first song, my friend and I took off kasi medyo natakot kami…. not because of their music- well, medyo- but it’s also because we still need to find a way to get back home. We ended up eating at McDonald’s. That was my first meal for the day. Hindi ako kumain ng breakfast, lunch and dinner. Is it weird if I say that I forgot to eat? Anyway, hinanap namin yung terminal at naligaw kami. Medyo nagpaikot ikot kami until we found the terminal na hindi pa bukas at that time. So, we waited until 5:30 am para makauwi.