I’ve had experiences of shooting gigs and see authorities waiting by the wayside while crowd control hangs on the edge of chaos. I never get to blog about them, most of the time the band is always able to contain the crowd, singing one or two more songs, with setlists cut short in half. It reminded me of the time I lived in Vietnam for a while back in 2008, there was a curfew. Midnight meant complete shut down as you see authorities smoking by the window, a stern reminder that whatever business you have, it must be over when they say so.
What’s exciting about the event last May 17 is that I have never experienced seeing sound systems unplugged in the middle of a musician’s set. Unlike me, the rock scene is all too used to this sort of thing way before I started documenting it. There could be many reasons, but most of the time they’re not the band’s fault. Yet this time around, it isn’t even the crowd’s fault. I actually have no idea what happened, except that the Cavite City police suddenly pulled the power off in the middle of Greyhoundz set, stating that it was the mayor’s instruction.
Ok weird! The mayor canceled the show. WTF!!!! Sorry Cavite
— Basti Artadi (@bastiartadi73) May 17, 2014
It was past midnight, and if you’re a rock fan who frequents rock gigs you always find yourself coming home at 4 or 5 in the morning, meaning these gigs start late and take forever. One of my theories is that the permit for the venue was only until midnight. You might say authorities could be a little sympathetic, I think they were, although rules are rules, maybe they didn’t like the drunk host who kept on saying bad words. I didn’t like him. Whatever his script was, it embodied everything that rock wasn’t, confirming that the scene is something people should be afraid of. People think it’s all crass, but what you don’t know is that local rock is such a sophisticated ecosystem completely overshadowing whatever this whole OPM thing is.
It just sucks for some of those who travelled from other cities to check out a gig which hasn’t happened in 15 years. Everyone could benefit from being a little more organized.
As I wrote in a Yahoo! article prior to the gig, there was one other Wolves, Boars, Houndz gig last December but Basti Artadi got sick so it was just Boars and Houndz. Everyone was really looking forward to this historical event. I have no idea why no one has organized this yet. There’s even a shirt made by Stitch Apparel in the trio’s honor. It’s difficult to get the three together and if it does happen next time, it will be even more epic with all the cancellations the past 6 months haha!
When it comes to brushes with authority, it’s all because of a misguided perception with rock. Whether it’s about the permit, or it could be the drunk host. All I know is that the main bands simply wanted to play.
Rumor has it that the Mayor apologized for what happened and that he’ll have the three bands over next month most likely. I
So my photographs from that evening are a bit of behind the scenes and half a set of Greyhoundz, haha.