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Meet the femme fatales of General Luna



Whoever said that "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," didn't exactly hit the bullseye, as Warner Music Philippines' latest all-female rock group General Luna is out to prove that ladies can, indeed, pump out the jams without the scornful attitude or circumstances.

Introducing General Luna - five individual talents who have come together to give the male-dominated band scene a genuinely good n' hard kick in the butt: vocalist Nicole Asensio, guitarists Caren Mangaran and Audry Dionisio, bassist Alexis Montemayor and drummer Bea Lao are five seriously gifted and drifted individuals who have both the looks and skills that kill.

Though the individuals that make up this musical quintet are no strangers to the local band scene - vocalist Nicole formerly fronting Red Horse Beer Muziklaban finalist Crowjane, guitarist Caren being the lead vocalist and guitarist of power metal group Sanctus and Audry having sessioned with various local rock bands with her involvement in organizations like Fly High Productions and RockEd, bassist Alexis having played for local group Blush and drummer Bea Lao having wowed legends like Wally Gonzales with her impressive background under the tutelage of greats like Mar Dizon and Jun Regalado (not to mention has done a few drum clinics...), it seems almost unfair for their male contemporaries and counterparts that this "female first five" hone their chops together to create a sound that is sure to dominate both the airwaves and the live circuit. No doubt all eyes will be on them, and with the band's characteristic merging of classic rock riffage reminiscent of classic Pinoy Rock acts, and a driving rhythm section that's obviously young in its dynamic complexity, with a beat ala Tool's Danny Carey, yet also in respectful homage to the traditional rock grooves of John Bonham, audiences will hear that they are the real deal. It might be saying a lot, but trust us- these girls deliver more than a punch; it's definitely a rock n' roll wallop!

Among the bandÆs mentors who helped in crafting the album are topnotch songwriters, producers, and musicians like Ebe Dancel of Sugarfree for ôMariaö, Typecast frontman Steve Badiola for the 1st single ôRed Heavenö, Typecast guitarist Pakoy Fletchero for ôWalang Bintanaö, Mayonnaise vocalist and guitarist Monty Macalino for ôNanditoö, Rivermaya bassist Japs Sergio for ôDala Ng Ulanö and ôPagmulatö, and NU107Æs Francis Brew Reyes and multi-awarded recording engineer Angee Rozul.

Since the bandÆs infanthood, NU107 was keen on supporting General Luna and the huge potential the rock station sees from the all-female group hence making them NU107Æs first ever ôRock Recruitsö for the month of April. And if that doesn't already command your attention, then check out the band's newest single "Red Heaven," a perfect primer of what General Luna is all about.

Experience the beauty, the madness, the volume and the voluptous...General Luna is coming your way! Get ready to pick your jaws up off the floor.

*General Luna's upcoming debut album is scheduled to be released under Warner Music Philippines this May 2010.

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