Last February 1, Red Horse celebrated Muziklaban’s 15th year. This 2014 Lunar New Year party introduced The Year of The Horse with a grand set up involving the fusion of legendary rock music with traditional classical instrumentation. A first in the entire existence of Muziklaban, this collaboration makes the whole experience at the grand finals celebration a historical one.
So when I first heard that Manila String Machine was performing with Razorback, Slapshock, A Music Theory and Ely Buendia for the Muziklaban Grand Finals, I recalled the last Nu107 Rock Awards in 2010 where they performed blindfolded amidst pole dancers. This orchestral group has also played with Urbandub for their Alive Out There 10th Anniversary concert and their constant supply of working with big names never ends, adding to the list Session Road, Stonefree and Six Cycle Mind.
February 1, 2014 — The World Trade Center in Pasay City was packed with loyal rock fans who came from nearby cities just to participate in this huge yearly event. Fanning the flames of rock for fifteen years, the Red Horse Muziklaban has been constantly searching, promoting and supporting amateur bands and have chosen ambassadors who will best represent this cause. This year was an extra special party, as the 15th year couldn’t be more timely as to also celebrate the Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of the Horse.
I’ve listed down some of my highlights from last night’s Red Horse Beer Muziklaban from the show opening with female front women, listening to a 90s throwback setlist plus some crazy scientific mystery in the middle of the concert, not to mention huge slingshots used to throw things at the audience Believe me, it’s CRAZY and I’ve pointed out FIFTEEN of them:
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It’s two days before the Pambansang Muziklaban Grand Finals celebration this Saturday, February 1, 2014 and for the first time, artists Slapshock, Razorback, Ely Buendia, Reg Rubio and last year’s Muziklaban Champions “A Music Theory” are rehearsing rock arrangements of their songs with 30-piece orchestra Manila String Machine.
Ely Buendia and Reg Rubio discuss their collaboration for “Super Proxy”
The orchestral arrangements will make the rock songs louder and grander and will bring audiences an amazing sonic experience they’ve never experienced before. They say that the gauge of good songs is if it still sounds great when played with classical instruments — in this case, the collaboration between the rock bands and the orchestra highlight both the original and the new bringing a fresh sound this time around emphasizing the essence of Muziklaban — to showcase fresh new artists and introduce a new sound every year.
Tensions were high as the chosen five bands from all over the country gathered yesterday, January 27, 2014 at the Hard Rock Cafe, to see who will get the most coveted title as the 15th Red Horse Beer Muziklaban Grand Champions.
Judges were industry mavens: MCA Music’s Sammy Samaniego, Red Horse Beer Brand, Joemar Climaco, Anne Ablaza-Gomez, Jack Mina and of course rock’s tastemakers, Red Horse Beer rock veterans Slapshock’s Jamir Garcia and Lee Nadela and Razorback’s Tirso Ripoll, Brian Velasco and manager Patrick Pulumbarit and Neil Fernando from Woo Consultants.
It was a tough decision to choose between the five bands from Batangas, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, Manila and Cabanatuan.
The judges had to choose between “We”, “Rigmarole”, “Hubito’s Tribe”, “Stellar Skin” and “Manila Under Fire”.
1. It’s the 15th year of the Red Horse Muziklaban this year and our penchant for celebrating blocks of numbers in increments of 5 or 10 have been a well documented human trait. If you’re an 18 year old who’s about to party in Muziklaban this year, you were at your terrible three toddler age when all this started, time to redeem yourself in a rite of passage to a responsible happy moderately drinking adult.
Another surprise gig from Red Horse Beer was held at the Andres Bonifacio Shrine in Manila last Friday. Former Muziklaban Champions Mayonnaise performed as passers by, mostly students and commuters on their way home, stopped to watch. As the music started the crowd, curious as to what was initially happening, realized that their weekend highlight brought right to them.
Mayonnaise performed in front of an elaborate sculpture of Andres Bonifacio symbolically depicting him in his fight for freedom and independence. The last two Red Horse pop-up gigs have all been in places representative of Manila with the first one held in Plaza Miranda and the second one in Baywalk Roxas Boulevard. The Bonifacio Shrine in Lawton strikes the heart of most Filipinos, seeing the father of Philippine Revolution as an inspiration to rally for our very own Pinoy Rock.
There is much Pinoy pride seeing former Pambansang Muziklaban champions promoting the upcoming finals, as Mayonnaise has produced hit songs that Filipinos know by heart. People sang along as they performed “Jopay”, “Bakit Part 2″, their cover of a much loved Filipino ballad, “Ipagpatawad mo”. The band also performed their latest single, “Paraan” which has a recently released music video.