Sid and I arrived early at Route 196 – sometime at nine in the evening and the place was already full! A pleasant surprise since it was a Friday night of a long weekend and we expected people to be either out of town, vacationing, or over at the SM Mall of Asia grounds for the epic Tanduay Rhum Rock Fest.

It was nice to see Route 196 filled with a crowd of new, fresh, and yes, quite young, faces.

First up for the night was “Wake Up Call” – a newly-formed band from UST. Since they were new, they mostly did covers. And the night was off to a great start!

Oh, kids!

Wake Up Call at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Wake Up Call at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Wake Up Call at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Wake Up Call at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Wake Up Call at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Wake Up Call at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Wake Up Call at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Wake Up Call at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Wake Up Call at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012


I first met the members of Electric Princess at Freedom Bar, on that night when I went hopping between 70’s Bistro for Cynthia Alexander’s Send-off gig and Freedom Bar for Dhruva Tara’s 2nd anniversary. Since then, we’ve been hanging out at B-Side, and sometimes at Zili Nasi Goreng – a restaurant owned by husband-and-wife Reyg and Jomal of Talata (and Kamikazee), because we are all neighbors.

ELECTRIC PRINCESS

Mark Mijares – vocals and guitars
Jeibi Joves – guitars/backing vocals
Dacky Clamor – drums/percussion
Flos Bassman – bass

Jeibi was out of the country so the band only had three members. Ianai was on bass duties that night, while Dacky, also the drummer for Talata, was on drums.

Electric Princess at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Electric Princess at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Electric Princess at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Electric Princess at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Electric Princess at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Electric Princess at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Electric Princess at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Electric Princess at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Electric Princess at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Electric Princess is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/electricprincess
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElctrcPrincess
Agimat: http://www.agimat.net/music/2002409.php
Castpel: http://band.castpel.com/electric-princess
Opmusic: http://opmusic.ph/gig-by-band/electric-princess

After Electric Princess was done playing and December Avenue was setting up, the members of Your Imaginary Friends started to arrive.

Your Imaginary Friends at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Your Imaginary Friends at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Your Imaginary Friends at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Your Imaginary Friends at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012


I really have never heard of December Avenue before I went to see them at Freedom Bar because H was a big fan. It was only when I saw the crowd at Freedom did I realize that the band had a following, and that their fans know all the lyrics to the songs!

The band was really one of the first people to arrive at Route 196 because they were already there before we arrived.

DECEMBER AVENUE

Zel Bautista – Vocals | Guitars
Jem Manuel – Guitars
Don Gregorio – Bass
Jet Danao – Drums | B. Vocals

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue is also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/decemberave
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/decemberave
Bandcamp: http://decemberavenue.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/decemberavenue
Twitter: https://twitter.com/decemberave

I only use my Nikon D90 to take the videos so it frustrates me that the sound isn’t good. I’m almost to the point of buying a Zoom H1 just to make it better but until then, the internal microphone would have to do.

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

Cross Fade Productions at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

I did take nearly two hours on this night trying to curl my hair – to no avail. At some point I was deciding whether I was gonna go in a JLo lion look or in a hippie look, neither of which I was aiming for, but oh well, maybe some other night. I was only successful at making my hair look like I’ve just come out of the beach, which isn’t really so bad, except that I’m reserving that look for next weekend. *Wink*

Thanks to those who took these photos with me in it. I’m always really a bit drunk when I’m at these gigs so I do not really remember a lot. (But hey, that’s what these photos are for, right?)

Cross Fade Productions at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

December Avenue at Route 196 - Oct 26, 2012

More photos and videos on the next blog — Dhruva Tara, Jireh Lim and Your Imaginary Friends.

The entire photo set is HERE.

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