CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MIKE BAÑOS/Nov 20) - Cagayan de Oro-based alternative pop band will be launching their debut album under the MindaTone indie label at the Limketkai Mall rotunda on November 25, 4PM.
Here are some bullets 'bout the Boys in the Band:
Fayeed Tan – 23, vocals, piano and rhythm guitar, composer/arranger and Beatles fanatic. Penned most of the tunes in the album, and all three English tunes (for the international market?) written when he was still a solo act; while the Beatles remain the major influence in his music, he also admits to having the spirits of B.B. King, Tommy Emmanuel, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Dahong Palay, Gary Moore, Eric Johnson and John Meyer in his tunes. How fanatic a Beatle fan, you ask? He can tell you which Beatle album any Beatle song title you throw at him came from, and the year when it was released. Yup, that freaky, man…Solo acoustic act before the band happened, did solo gigs for Frostway, The Site, XCite and Ja's Ground; hosted a radio show on Sandy 101, believe it…
Eurd – 26, bass guitar, used to have a last name, before going U2 (like, The Edge, you know); session bassist for the likes of Osang and Joey 'Pepe' Smith, already cut a solo album, brings tradition and experience to the new sound; wrote all the Tagalog lyrics of the six Pinoy cuts in the album (can't trust Fayeed with that one huh?) Influences in his music include Joey Ayala and Gary Granada (with whom he played with in Musicians for Peace), Noel Cabugan, Pendong Aban, Jr. and in the one band where our musical paths cross, the Kupka-Castillo band "Tower of Power" (Sparkling in the Sand, So Very Hard to Go, You're Still A Young Man). But then, you guys are all too young to remember. Most of you weren't born yet!
Allan Inovero - 24, lead guitar, from Nazareth (sorry, the place, not the band, dude!) ; previous stints as lead guitarist for a show band in CDO; did gigs with Picasso, other clubs…started with the charismatic group at San Antonio de Padua parish during the time of Msgr. Ray Monsanto but God obviously has other plans for him….
Sonny Boy Tan – 21, drums; Fayeed's kid brotha. Taga Macasandig sila, sorry, still no bad ass metal band by that name yet! But give him time, after all, he just recently gained license to drink beer….
Fayeed Tan, The Band…guys got together August 2005, when Fayeed met Eurd while doing a gig for a fashion show; Guys got to play together for a one-show gig but liked the chemistry so much, they're still at it, so far...have opened for Rampage, David Pomeranz, Bamboo, Mark Bautista…pretty soon those names would qualify for this band's opening act….
Have done Marawi, Bukidnon, and the Bacolod-Silay-Iloilo areas…today CDO, tomorrow the World!
Di Na Mag-iisa (The Album Launch)
Here's a brief snapshot at the tunes and what to expect during launching their debut album under the Minda-TONE indie label at the Limketkai Mall rotunda on Nov. 25 at 4 p.m..
There's eleven (11) cuts in the album entitled "Di Na Mag-iisa", also the title of their carrier single. A Lennon-MacCartney kinda collaboration, the lyrics were penned by Eurd and the music and arrangement by Fayeed. Eurd's not talking but am pretty sure it's about someone he knows well, judging from passion with which he talks about it. Catch the music video megged by Direk Gelbert Cabunoc of ABS-CBN and produced by DigitalTree Productions now on heavy rotation over MTV Philippines every morning from 7-10AM. You can also catch it on MYX starting last week. The album's 11th cut is a piano version of the same song with Fayeed at the keyboards.
Chuy! Started out as a theme song from the ABS-CBN show of the same title but grew into something more "about the city where the guys grew up and the cool people who live in it." Its English-Tagalog-Bisaya lyrics should strike a chord in the young people who can identify with the stuff Eurd and Fayeed sing about, as CDO icons like DVsoria, Ketkai, the river taxi, motorela, the Cagayan river and the Ysalina bridge at Carmen flash before your eyes.
She, Insomniac, and Bitter Sweet are the three English cuts penned by Fayeed while he was still a solo act in 2004; blended and osterized with a full band, they've been reborn mainstream as Fayeed Tan (The Band).
The remaining cuts in the album are "Bagay Daw Tayo", "Gusto Ko Sana", "Timpla ng Pag-Ibig"; "Kwentong Waiting Shed"; and "Hahanapin Kita". Like Lennon and McCartney, all lyrics were by Eurd with music and arrangement by Fayeed. What about them?
Come see for yourself and do your own critiquing at the Ketaki Rotonda Saturday, 25 November, 4PM. Opening acts are Tabula Rasa and Joey Ayala (yes, the Joey Ayala). They'll also be doing covers of Jason Mraz's "The Remedy" and the Beatles "Come Together". Adto ta, kita rata didto…
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