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