Perhaps one of those sleeper festivals that’s off the radar for most Filipino music fans. With six groups performing over a two day period featuring bands from Singapore to Thailand, from what I see so far, it would be well worth it to take notice of this one happening on November 24 & 25 at Century City Mall in Makati.
Here’s a rundown of each band performing:
Elephant Gym will play on the first day of the event. They are a bass driven, Math-Rock band from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, formed in 2012. The Band is composed of Tif on bass, Tell on guitar and Chia-Chin on drums. The music of Elephant Gym is known for clear and memorable bass line, emotional guitar riffs and melodic drumming. Most songs are instrumental. In 2013, Elephant Gym has started to invite singers to compose with them. Tell and Tif are sibling and in their childhood, their mother had taught them classical music until their adolescence. Later on, they had a big crush on rock music, especially post and math-rock. Tell met Tu in high school music club. After realizing they all like the same music genre, they decided to form a rock band.
Sobs, perhaps best described as bedroom pop, this trio is a hit in their home country of Singapore. Celine Autumn on lead vocals brings a delicate yet mesmerizing sound reminiscence of something you’d hear on the radio in the 90’s. Jared Lim and Raphael Ong round out the sound with lush twin guitar sounds with a modern spin.
Cosmic Child also hailing from Singapore bring a nostalgic and melancholy shoegazer sound to the festival. This five-piece band made up of Bo (guitars/vocals), Joanne (bass/vocals), Daniel (guitars), Zhe Ren (synths) and Genevieve (drums) began as just a fun project among friends. Their debut album made a splash and their latest work, Blue shows a polished musical skill with introspective lyrics you may not expect from a young band.
“Blue is the earnest expression of young Singaporeans navigating through the turbulence of life, and an attempt to commiserate with those who understand,” band press release.
Yellow Fang, a Thai all-girl band will perform on day 2, consisting of Pimporn Metchanun on guitar and lead vocals, Piyamas Muenprasertdee on bass and Praewa Chirapravati Na Ayudhya on drums with the latter two also providing vocal duties. An indie pops sound that’s familiar yet refreshing. Their Bandcamp page hits the mark with an accurate description. “They have been spreading their velvety alt-rock since 2007. Thick with close vocal harmonies and spacious guitar washes, and with an element of shoegaze. November 2008, the first EP was released. In the end, the girls favored the charm of the lo-fi sound over modern high fi techniques. Thus, the Yellow Fang sound was born.”
Norwegian indie pop-rock band Boy Pablo, the one group in the line-up outside of the Asia territory. Born and raised in Norway by Chilean parents, Pablo Muñoz aka Boy Pablo is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter making bedroom pop songs for every walk of teenage life. In his last year of high school in 2016, Pablo wrote and produced his debut EP titled “Roy Pablo” in one week in his parents’ basement. Much due to the unforeseen attention to the music video on YouTube for the song “Everytime” (off the same EP), Pablo is heading out on his first ever headline tour outside of his home country in March 2018. With him on stage are his 4 best friends (Gabriel – guitar, Fredrik – bass, Eirik – keys/choir, Sigurd – drums) who found each other at a rural music-oriented boarding school on the Norwegian countryside.
With an overall cohesiveness in this line-up, the bands may not be household names, however this one should be well worth checking out. Organized by The Rest is Noise.
Two Day Pass (November 24 & 25)
Early Bird: 1,500 PHP
Pre-sale 1: 1,800 PHP
Regular/At-the-Door: 2,000 PHP
One-Day Pass (November 24 or 25)
Early Bird: 1,000 PHP
Pre-sale 1: 1,100 PHP
There will also be a pre-show event on September held at Route 196 featuring Legarda, The Ringmaster, AOUI, tide/edit, Nights of Rizal and The One Pesos, and Tom’s Story.