When you find yourself going to more and more gigs, you find yourself having more and more music lover friends. And so that is how I found myself at B-Side last Saturday night for Gig.Ph’s 2nd anniversary with friends I made at Freedom Bar, the members of Electric Princess and MY neighbor, Sid.
Guitarist Jeibi Joves actually works with H and bikes with him too. Aside from that, it was really nice that we got along in terms of interests, like shirts, shirt designs, and yes, even bar concepts. I can tell it’s going to be one heck of a year with these guys.
We talked about this film I recently watched, Perfect Sense with Eva Green and Ewan McGregor, which I adored by the way, right before my friends, Your Imaginary Friends, played. That’s when I picked up my camera and went in to shoot.
Ahmad Tanji – Vox/Guitars
Khalid Tanji – Guitars
Em Aquino – Vox/Bass
Eric Po – Drums
I would not miss these guys’ gigs. In fact, ever since May, I have been at every single one of their gigs! Hahaha! From Blackbird, to Black King’s Bar, to B-Side. I would always try to be there! Even if I was by myself, or I arrived way ahead of them, or even if I don’t get to actually watch them perform. Things happen, but yeah, it only dawned on me just now, I’ve not missed any of their gigs the past month! And everywhere I go, I hear friends say how much they like Your Imaginary Friends too – and that just makes me so proud of these guys!
Here is a photo of me and Ahmad that Chi of Gig.Ph took of us.
Actually, the peg was “We’re really close, boyfriend-girlfriend level” but according to the outcome, it’s more like Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan in the video of 9 Crimes.
I absolutely love this video by the way, so I don’t really mind being a balloon girl, that Ahmad will hold on to.
I wandered in and out of B-Side, chatting with friends and drinking Rhum Cokes, and took photos when I could while other bands played.
This is Game Theory.
Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/gametheoryband
with Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/techyromantics
A marriage of modern-day cool and old-fashioned vulnerability is exactly what Dondi Virrey, Ryan Villena, and Camille Besinga set out to express when they formed dancetronica outfit Techy Romantics in June 2008. Dondi weaves layer upon layer of electronica, conjuring moods that gracefully glide from ecstasy to melancholy. Ryan’s guitars ease in, propping up the dreamy dance vibe with a sturdy dose of grit and gravitas. Camille’s words—equal parts somber, sensual, and soothing—round out the sonic experience, a clear, calming presence that cuts through the cloud of riffs and beats. (click here for source)
Abby Clutario – vocals/Chapman Stick/keyboards
Mico Ong – guitars
Eric Tubon – synthesizers/keyboards
Lester Banzuelo – drums
Fuseboxx (formed 2001) received widespread acclaim for their musical-precision and -technical proficiency. This, especially so for their ability to meld and incorporate Filipino sentimentality with the different musical elements from a vast array of genres (rock, fusion, pop, classical, new age, metal, alternative, etc.) in order to create cohesive and thematic materials—indeed, arranging their music into movements that convey a compelling musical message.
Considered as one of the strongest local live acts, they leave any rock fan, musician or musical critic breathless with their ability to constantly amaze the audience—as much because of their complex arrangements and musical dexterity as the apparent passion each member puts into the creation and performance of their music.
Truly, watching Fuseboxx perform proves to be an unforgettable and visceral experience, proving that musicality and creativity at the level of all known fusion and progressive rock bands in the international music scene (such as Rush, Dream Theater, Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Genesis, etc) isn’t reserved for bands of the First World alone… With Fuseboxx, the Third World, especially the Philippines, can continue to hold aloft the banners that show what kind of musicians “Filipinos” are made of. – (click here for source)
Here are more photos from that fun night!
It was a fun night! We got hungry at B-Side though as they were not serving any food that night, and afterwards, we went over to Goto King, found it full of people at three in the morning, without an empty table, and thereafter moved to Sinangag Express, where we had early breakfast, before finally heading home.
Again, happy 2nd anniversary Gig.Ph! More gigs to come!