I’m super thankful to everyone who helped out in making this event successful. Thank you so much to JP Balboa of Route 196 for being so patient and helping us out with the venue. Also thank you to Yahoo! Philippines, Rock Loqal, MYX Philippines, Pindie Music, Manila Concert Scene and Vandals on The Wall for believing in this video launch (and helping me promote) even if you’ve only seen the teaser, haha.
I remember the first time I saw the teaser, we were all screaming in the studio because it was so awesome despite being so short. Yet I knew, from those three days the band was shooting the video that the end product was bound to be awesome. I was right, obviously proven by people’s reactions during the video launch the other night.
People were cheering while watching the video, especially during the really awesome angles and effects. It was like they were watching the band play live, haha. The audience requested for the video to be played twice and the band granted their wish. They wanted a third time, but it was time for everyone to hear the actual song played live.
Ian’s signature flip he did twice during the show and I’m so sure people were in for a treat seeing it up close after it has finally been immortalized in video. Obviously if any other rock musician tries to do that locally, it’s just gonna be a rip-off, HAHAHA! I obviously got to capture only one (see photos below) but I love how there was so much support that evening.
We all went home around 4am and because we were all so drunk and dazed and extremely happy that Ian thought he lost his wallet and so we were all scrambling to find it with heads spinning and a looming hangover. It was in the car, haha. It was life imitating art as Fahira is, according to the band, about the state of intoxication, wanting to be detoxified. Not necessarily just by alcohol (but in this case it was, haha) but essentially you’re in a state of mania and panic. So, we all had our “Fahira” moments after the “Fahira” launch, haha.
I remember how Niño’s first Fahira moment with WilaBaliW was when I first saw him play with the band at Seventh High and we were the only two people left in the bar and he realized he left his bass when we were already in the car. So he went down to go back for it, and his wallet fell out of the door! He only realized he didn’t have it with him when he was paying for gas at the gas station, he went back for it, but his first paycheck from WilaBaliW was gone. #Fahira Initiation, haha.
I really need to mention that performances by KJWAN, Earthmover, Tribo Subculture and DJ sets by Biboy Garcia and Reinz / Rastaro made this one hell of a party!!!!!!
CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM WILABALIW’S “FAHIRA” VIDEO LAUNCH and THE FAHIRA VIDEO by BEDBUG DESIGN LTD BELOW
More than a year ago, Niño Avenido told me he wanted to play for WilaBaliW, like the friends that we were I was always skeptical about the things he says, haha. Our daily conversations in the last few years involved plans he has for music.
Yet he will not stop talking even if you resist listening to him. Bombarded with these theories and ideas, somehow I got the drift of where he was getting at. Then I realized I was part of the whole scheme too being in this industry, and so if I was in on it, it had to be successful. AND SO HERE WE ARE! HAHAHAHA!
Ian said during their Jam 88.3 interview that Fahira was about “being intoxicated and you’re in a state of mania and panic”. To me it’s just right this is the first single. Everyone’s just been crazy busy churning out new material one after the other. So many things you haven’t even seen yet, it’s crazy! It’s WilaBaliW!!!
Months had passed since the band started to utilize the studio we all so famously call the “Kweba” and even though it isn’t done yet, the video is a showcase of what it looks like now. We get an idea of how WilaBaliW makes use of their creative space, not just for making music but for the visual arts as well. It’s been an all time high, full of positive plans for fans who have been waiting three years for something new and from this point on, before you even finish saying “What’s next?” The answer will be right in front of you.
We friends, fans and family are at the the point of no return. Haha.
Check out the teaser below:
The video was made by Bedbug Design LTD and director Jeremy Abaño said he loved how the band was so hands on with the entire process. The entire the video will be shown tomorrow night, December 3 TUESDAY at Route 196, 9pm. If you want to go, RSVP here on the facebook event page.
I took some random photos of the whole weekend, some behind the scenes photos during the making of the video for “Fahira”. It was a hectic weekend and we paced ourselves in order to not be a life imitating art scenario because while making “Fahira” we could all end up in a “state of mania and panic” just as the song implies, haha.
MORE PHOTOS BELOW
These are actually my first and what looks like, despite what they say, hopefully not the last photos I have and will ever take of The Out Of Body Special. I know the band’s supposed to be my generation, but somehow I skipped it. I was documenting bands one or two generations above them, but then at least I’m proud to have these set of pictures. I remember seeing them at Hard Rock for the first time in 2005 or maybe 2008. Hate me if I completely ignored them, but Niño Avenido wasn’t really trying to catch my attention then, yet, haha.
Check out the rest of the photographs from the packed gig at Il Ponticello last Friday, November 29, 2013. People singing and screamin and jamming with the band…. a case of beer being passed around, Niño’s bass strap snapping right before the last song… It’s a magical date, as last year there was a reunion gig of sorts of another band, and now it’s a happy goodbye.
I’m glad I got to take photographs of you guys, Inky, Patrick, Los, Tedmark, Diego and Niño. I have a feeling it’s not the end so I’ll see you guys maybe not soon, but I know I’ll hear you play live again.
Last April, Queso and Greyhoundz went to Singapore and if you’ve seen my previous post, the bands also had fun off stage, in the hotel and malls. I guess this is what happens when you put together two brother bands who have known each other for more than 15 years. Being on vacation and sneaking in to photograph this event, it didn’t really feel much like work at all, except I had this weird allergy / asthma all throughout the week and so I was on Benadryl during this gig. To cut the long story short, I was in a bit of a daze, and the place was in a haze (hey that rhymes), due to the smoke machines? Bah my concentration was so off I couldn’t remember.
So the photographs look more or less exactly like my mood that evening. My reflexes were a bit slower, but looking at them they turned out okay. It felt like I was dreaming, haha. So I guess they sort of all look a bit dream-like. I was a rebel by not following instructions when consuming Benadryl “Do Not Operate Heavy Machinery”, haha. I’d like to think my changing heavy lenses and a heavy camera going up and down the side of stages and climbing onto bars just to get a weird angle was dangerous given my condition. Yeah, I’m bad ass. LOL
Thanks to Requiem Rising and Pinoytuner for making this happen.
A few days ago, I was reminded about these photos because Enzo Ruideraof Queso (the dancing man in the photo below, haha) told me he hasn’t seen any of my shots from Queso and Greyhoundz’ gig in Singapore. He said that he remembers how Queso went to compete at the Global Battle of the Bands in Hong Kong several years ago and how he doesn’t have any photographs to remember the trip.
Why haven’t I posted these photos? Essentially I came from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia days before and just couldn’t resist taking photos since they were already there. I was in vacation mode so to speak… and most of my vacations are always ambushed by the irresistible thoughts of, “I NEED TO TAKE PHOTOS OF THAT BAND”. I don’t even know if that’s a sad thing, haha.
Queso and Greyhoundz at the Changi Airport
Having toured with a lot of musicians in the past, I find that the pictures I end up taking aren’t really the “rockstar” moments we’ve all come to expect, but rather series of amusing images to see how regular guys your “idols” are.
Or maybe it’s just me and how my life has made this my norm.