Two New Songs, 10th Year, New Lineup And More

We had two new songs out last September 26th! That’s how we celebrated CERUMENTRIC’s 10th year.

The latest lineup consists of me on vocals, synths, and loops, and Migs Amper and JP Nufable, on samplers, keyboards, and effects, respectively. We are working on expanding into a fuller band-like setup as time and budget would allow. Our instruments are old and rickety, but we’re doing our best. Sometimes it works well, sometimes it doesn’t.

As we would like to get to know you and all the people who listen to our music, please do try to join us on Facebook and tell us what you think. Feel free to ask questions as well. I’ll answer them the best way I could, but please make it easy and comfortable for me — make your messages decent and polite, because that’s what I as a person and musician aspire to all the time. 🙂

We are thankful to Amnesty International Philippines for the opportunity to use our music to promote human rights. Mei and Mika of AI deserve medals for doing their best to organize this huge open air event in Quezon City Circle last October 15, 2016. Big thanks to Kris Tek of Killratio and St.Imier Resource Center-Cavite for getting us lined up with some of the Philippines’ best groundbreaking musical acts.

We are thankful to the people of Frequency Asia and Unite Asia for helping us get more listeners all over Asia. These are people who work thanklessly to get good music noticed, music you don’t get to hear on your TV or the shopping mall.
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We are thankful to Vandals On The Wall for giving objective reviews of our music and for getting our new songs heard by a bigger audience than what we can reach on our own.

Personally I don’t feel comfortable posting more intimate details in a public blog, but if you’re following our music, you’d have a slight idea where we are taking this boat. In the end, we are thankful that motivation comes back from time to time, even if we are regularly gigging as much as we’d like — because constant gigging and touring means broken instruments, and boy, have  I broken a few along the way, considering that most cheap electronic instruments have yet to reach the sturdiness and craftsmanship level of the guitar.

So anyway, that’s all for now. You know where to find us. 🙂
-Erick F

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World Extravaganza Events – Gig Photos

July 27,2013. 121 Grill, Allegro Place, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City

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Photos courtesy of World Extravaganza Arts Foundation, Gladymae Angela and Ian Jerome Unite. Special thanks to Crystal Lin, Vanny and Greg, and 121 Allegro for making this happen. Big love to new friends we met who loved the music, our good friends Erin, Paolo, the Dayuhan guys, Claire, Joee Mejias, my partner-in-crime and manager Miam, my Antipolo family who drove a long way to see the show, and all the talents and the guests who supported the event. Thanks to the most helpful sound guys of 121, and praise be to the Almighty Quantum Siopao for creating the universe and nourishing us.

New Release from CERUMENTRIC – old songs, remastered

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Old songs from 2009-2010, not included in official album releases but occasionally appearing in various artist compilations. Remastered and edited. This release is a precursor to the upcoming CERUMENTRIC album, which is currently in the works.

SUNSET DAYDREAM: A Summer Mixtape

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The CERUMENTRIC track “There Goes The Floor” is featured in this summer mixtape by Ian Urrutia of Vandals On The Wall, a music blog featuring quality indie music from the Philippines. Download for free via this link.

SUNSET DAYDREAM: A Summer Mixtape.

Electropunkrock Ride

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For those not yet in the loop, we’ve evolved a bit since 2006. We realized that we should leave the expertise at tinkering with broken electronics to the experienced circuit benders, so we’re not using circuit-bent instruments live anymore, probably except for sampling in the studio. We started to recently put in more cheap vintage analogue synths in the live setup. While we love dance-oriented styles in electronic music, we feel that it is not exactly the direction we can be very productive in or passionate about. You know, different strokes for different folks.

This has always been about a rock’n’roll band that just happens to have mostly synthesizers, drum machines and samplers as its instruments, which just happens to be played by one person in studio, but now there is one guy who plays a lot of the instruments and sings, and a session keyboardist was recruited to make the live sound more dynamic and full. We are not defined just by being ‘electronic’ just as a punk band was never called a ‘guitar’ band. We don’t think in terms of ‘hey, let’s play this-or-that genre!’. The songs were always the focus of everything we’ve done, and that is what we’ll keep delivering.

We are constantly changing, improving and upgrading. Thank you for taking the ride with us until now. There will be more changes in the future, and it is our hope that you’ll be around when it happens, so we have your company to share the experience with.

Lots of love,

Team CERUMENTRIC

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