This is not in any way an impartial view of the bands that fronted for Slapshock. In fact, I am the most biased person to write about it. Why is that? I am the bespectacled bassist of Four Days Ahead and one of the forerunners of Aftershock Bands Collective, the group of bands pushing for recognition of Pinoy Indie Bands here in Singapore. So you would agree with me. Now, let me tell you about the six Pinoy bands that gave the “rockest” night of nights last 28 June 2014 at Neverland II, St James Power Station.
PRESS PLAY – “Play what you want! Party all you want!”
by Law Diche
After two consecutive themed gigs, Aftershock decided it’s time to have a breather and just let the bands play whatever tickles their fancy. And so, PRESS PLAY was born. Carrying the tagline “Play what you want! Party all you want!”, the resulting chaos turned out into some sort of showdown between metal madness and 90s sweet dreams… and then some. It was a blast nonetheless, kicking off with a searing performance by metal artists EOTS.
An Insider’s Take by Ms Ying Escobarte
♪♫ Curling yourself in a lullaby…
Come and we’ll make a change, we can make a change – IF ♪♫
Is there somebody else out there you could most likely look-up for your next indie-pop obsession? Captivating the ABC’s stage with their 100% freshly popped originals, all hail to the ABC featured band of May… it’s VunderVeil (VnV). If you guys are in the mood for love songs or going through tough break-ups, toss that box of tissue away and let the band’s sweetheart Aly serenade you with heartfelt melodies. VunderVeil’s now all geared up for the big league and is now worthy for the next ABC’s spotlight.
Let me treat and indulge you with the band embedded tidbits. Go ahead. Read on!
After the success of Drum Workshop: Basics and Beyond by Junjun Cortez and Bass Clinic: Groove and Guitar Workshop, Aftershock Bands Collective has taken another step in reaching the other side of the musicians’ core, the guitarists. The group conducted a guitar clinic last April 12, 2014 for the 6 string enthusiasts of all levels who are interested in broadening their horizons of the fretboard. The session was held within the confines of LCube Studio, a perfect fit for 10 – 15 people with enough extra space to fit a band.
An Insider’s Take by Ms Ying Escobarte
♪♫ “My life is fine without you having behind,
Along the line you’re just a monkey hanging aside
And in my wall you might just fall,
so you better #@!&^ off and crawl away from it.” – Dead in the End ♪♫
No fool is gonna play an April fool prank on this side if you don’t wanna mess with the 1st featured band of ABC, UlingGang (UG). Combination of masterfully intense heavy riffs and collective rhythm to propulsive beats fronted with hauntingly striking voice and enraged rap as a whole it is an effortlessly bound of UG’s trademark.
So let’s fire up the grill and meet the gang… C’mon.. Don’t be scared..
By ASReporter Aly
Photos by Ed Avelino
Videos by Don Ismael
“A song is not a song until it’s performed.” [Ryan Cayabyab]
We heard you, Mr. C.!
Aftershock Bands Collective [ABC] Group gathered all music enthusiasts to join its first Indie Go! An All-Original Songs Night at CJ’s Bar & Grill at Sentosa, last 22 March! It’s a festival of remarkable compositions, fresh melodies and awe-inspiring harmonies. Yes, it was worth the tweet! #IndieGo
Picture this scene: New beats. Keen crowd. Loud boosts!
This went on as each band tugged at all Indie heartstrings!
Aftershock Bands Collective and Pinoy Bassists Singapore
08 March 2014 LiveAMP Studios Singapore
By ASReporter Liv and Anlyn
Last 08 March 2014 marked the first bass clinic organized by Aftershock Bands Collective in cooperation with Pinoy Bassists Singapore (PBS) at LiveAMP Studios. Twenty bass players and enthusiasts attended the event conducted by well-known clinicians Sir Pruds Marasigan of the band Blutith and sessionist Sir Bong Gonzales.