After making a quick trip to UST, we now move on to the rising stars from De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. These four up-and-coming acts from the school of the Blazers are blazing their own way in the indie scene so make sure to check them out!
"There's always good in bad and bad in good. We believe that despite of the large contrast between good and evil there's a certain balance inside of us. 'Saint' being the good, and 'Wolf' being bad."
The same is true with ST. WOLF's music — a mixture of both suave and heavy sounds. KL Dela Cruz (vocals/guitar), Karlo Maglasang (bass/vocals), Vince Lucero (guitar), and Bob Sadural (drums) said their listeners can expect a banger while feeling sexy at the same time.
Founded only last year for a school project, ST. WOLF has already released their first single "Papara" and a lyric video to go with it.
"The drive [to continue with our passion] comes from each other. It is inspiring to be with people who contribute ideas all the time, especially with the part where we create songs. All the crazy ideas that are put into the table always never gets unnoticed and its always exciting when this happens."
Listen to ST. WOLF here.
Ang Bagong Luto Ni Enriquez
Mark Enriquez (guitar/vocals) told MYXph.com that he came up with his band's name after realizing that food is just like music. "With the right amount of ingredients, it will be delicious. Same with music of course. With the right amount of touch and feel, the music will sound great. Not too loud not too soft but just the right amount of all my influences."
Indeed, their music is a fusion of rock n roll, funk, jazz, folk, and blues. Their original tracks like "Amats", "Kotong Cops", and "Sapagkat" would attest to this. The members of Ang Bagong Luto ni Enriquez - which also includes Josh Lim (keyboard), Gabriel Dandan (guitar), Iggy Montelibano (bass) and Alex Price (drums) - have concocted a unique sound, a signature that's only theirs.
Listen to Ang Bagong Luto ni Enriquez here.
Banna Harbera started out as a school requirement for Yzabel Torres (vocals), Jake Masigan (lead guitar), Josh Planas (bass), Patrick Felipe (drums), and Theo Blanch (keys). These Music Production majors, who later decided to continue the five-piece soul band, made the three-track EP Something New for their thesis.
"I guess our fondest memory we have with each other is when we were recording our first EP. Those were the days when we didn't have any plans and when we thought that this was just a requirement for school. From writing the songs to recording them, it was quite an experience."
Two years after, Banna Harbera offers yet another amazing EP Persistence! According to the band, it's about holding on to something you know is too good to let go, even though things don't go your way.
Benilde made a huge impact on their sound. "School recognition has always been humbling for us, knowing where we started from. And it warms our hearts whenever our fellow school friends tell us that they like our music. We'll always have CSB to thank."
Listen to Banna Harbera here.
One Click Straight
Sam Marquez (guitar/vocals), Joel Cartera (guitar/vocals), Toffer Marquez (bass/vocals), and Tim Marquez (drums) formed the pop-rock band in high school with the intent of looking cool! But really, these guys' passion for music is over the roof.
The quartet, made up of three brothers and their childhood friend, only started to take the band seriously in 2014. "We come together fuelled by passion and basically come up with our music that I can call our 'own'. We describe our sound to be a fusion of 70s/80s pop music and modern rock with a punch of dance/disco music," said Sam.
One Click Straight is fearless, and that's how they achieved complete freedom in their sound, unafraid of what other people think of their art.
What keeps them playing? "I believe it's just mostly the liberating feeling of expressing yourself and being vulnerable with your music. It's different. There's something to music we can't explain. And something that we know we can't let go," admits Tim.
Listen to One Click Straight here.
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