Top Ten Rock Bands Of Philippines
Eraserheads (sometimes stylized as ERASƎRHEADS) is a Filipino rock band formed in 1989. Consisting of Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro, the band became one of the most successful, most influential, critically acclaimed, and significant bands in the history of OPM. Eraserheads are also credited for spearheading a second wave of Manila band invasions, paving the way for a host of Philippine alternative rock bands.
The band released several singles, albums, and EPs that reached number one. The band achieved commercial success with their third album Cutterpillow, which achieved platinum status several times. Eraserheads received the Viewer’s Choice Award for Asia from the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards.
Parokya Ni Edgar
Parokya ni Edgar (English translation: Edgar’s Parish) is a multi-award winning Filipino band formed in 1993. The band is famous for its original rock novelty songs and often satirical covers of popular songs both foreign and local. The band is adept at playing in various musical genres.
Parokya ni Edgar has been referred to by local media as “Pambansang Banda ng Pilipinas” (The National Band of the Philippines). Despite having “Edgar” in the band’s name, none of the members are named Edgar.
Kamikazee is a Filipino pop punk band formed in 2000. The band is composed of Jay Contreras, Jomal Linao, Led Tuyay, Puto Astete and Bords Burdeos.
The band is composed of five members who met in college at the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Kamikazee’s early gigs were mostly on-campus events in UP Diliman like the annual UP Fair. Before they were signed to a major label, they went by the name “Kamikazee Cornflakes”, eventually shortened to the current name “Kamikazee” for easier memory. Their early shows included renditions of the songs “Mmm Sarap”, “Tsinelas”, a cover of Ariel Rivera’s “Sana Kahit Minsan”, and Britney Spears’ Lucky. Their live performances have since been known for using expletives, sexually suggestive dances, and references to genitalia.
Kamikazee released their first album in 2002. The album’s carrier single was a heavy cover version of Britney Spears’ “Lucky”. Other notable songs include “Girlfriend”, “Ung Tagalog”, “Tsinelas” and their cover of Ariel Rivera’s “Sana Kahit Minsan”. In 2005, the band released “Chiksilog” as part of the compilation album Rok On! and in 2006, they released their second album, Maharot. The carrier single of the album was “Narda”, which is about the fictional Filipina heroine Darna. “Narda” was a popular hit in 2006, and gained constant radio airplay in the same year, eventually becoming the band’s signature song. The song was inspired by GMA Network’s primetime show Darna which starred Angel Locsin. Later in 2009, “Narda” was used for GMA Network’s primetime show Darna with Marian Rivera playing the title role.
The band announced on January 25, 2015, that they would disband at the end of the year.
Rivermaya is one of the most influential and critically acclaimed Filipino rock bands in the Philippines. Formed in 1994, they are one of the several bands who spearheaded the 90s Philippine alternative rock explosion. Rivermaya is currently composed of Mark Escueta, Mike Elgar, Ryan Peralta, and Norby David. Former members included Rico Blanco, who had been the original songwriter of the band, and vocalist Bamboo Mañalac, who later formed the band Bamboo. Rivermaya is the fourteenth biggest-selling artist/act in the Philippines.
Juan Dela Cruz
The Juan de la Cruz Band is a Filipino rock group formed in 1968 that pioneered what became known as Pinoy rock. Founding guitarist Wally Gonzales credits his fellow founding member, drummer Edmund Fortuno (a.k.a. “Bosyo”), as having introduced the band’s name. In December 1970, the band was lauded for headlining the first open field rock festival in the Philippines. In 1971, they released their first album as a quintet, and thereafter gained momentum when it performed in a rock opera with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, the first production of its kind in the country. Juan de la Cruz reinvented itself in 1973 as a power trio and rose to stardom as the premier rock band in the Philippines.
Bamboo was a Filipino indie band founded in 2002 by Francisco “Bamboo” Mañalac, Ira Cruz, Nathan Azarcon and Vic Mercado.
Francisco “Bamboo” Mañalac serves as the band’s frontman. The band’s guitarist claimed that the name of the band was derived not from their vocalist’s name but from the word bamboo, the characteristics of which are associated with strength and durability with an island feel to it. Also, it’s very Filipino and Asian at the same time.
Bamboo’s debut album, As The Music Plays, was released in February 2004 where it received a positive response from fans and critics alike. The album also won numerous awards at the AWIT Awards, NU 107 Rock Awards, and MTV Pilipinas 2004.
The band was also part of the “Days of Peace” Campaign by UNICEF with Gary Valenciano. The band’s fourth album, Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday achieved platinum status on September 28, 2008 – just two days after its release.
Slapshock is a heavy metal band from Manila, Philippines. They were formed in 1996, originally as a rap metal act, with their early musical style being compared to Korn. They have since shifted towards a metalcore style.
The group was formed on February 14, 1997, by several students at UP Diliman, with original vocalist Reynold Munsayac; he was soon replaced with guitarist Jerry Basco’s cousin, Jamir Garcia. Heavily influenced by American East Coast rap, they played in clubs in Manila in the 1990s before signing to EMI Philippines (now PolyEast Records) and releasing their debut album, 4th Degree Burn, in 1999. The group has released six albums and been met with sustained commercial success in the Philippines, particularly with their third album, Project 11-41. They were nominated for Band of the Year at the NU107 Rock Awards in 2001 and 2002, and in 2003 were nominated for Best Artist by MTV Asia. Bassist Lee Nadela was also named Bassist of the Year at the 2001 NU107 Rock Awards.
Wolfgang is a Filipino rock band formed in January 1992 in Manila, Philippines. Wolfgang is notable for being the only Filipino rock band to release albums in Japan and the United States and for realizing Platinum record sales in their home country. After ten years, the original line-up broke up in 2002. Wolfgang reformed in 2007 with a different roster.
Wolfgang submitted demos of two original compositions, “Darkness Fell” and “Left Alone”, to local radio stations DWRT 99.5 and DWLA 105.9 in 1994, which generated many listener requests. The band signed with Tone Def, the rock label of local independent Ivory Records. Wolfgang released its first album, the eponymous Wolfgang, in 1995. The band flexed their artistic skills recording the album, with Basti Artadi responsible for the cover art, rendering caricatures of himself and the other band members amidst earthy symbols, beer bottles and cigarettes, and Manuel Legarda using an electric fan to simulate an effect he had in mind for the song Cast of Clowns. Wolfgang went Platinum in less than a year. Their songs experienced regular airplay in both DWLA 105.9 and DWNU 107.5.
Siakol is a Filipino band with 4 members. Members called themselves ”Siakol”, pertaining to a free, happy, and sometimes naughty state of mind. They made their presence felt with their hard-hitting song and gained recognition from the listening public. The best known for their song, Lakas-Tama.
In 1996, Siakol released their debut album under Alpha Records entitled Tayo Na Sa Paraiso. The album was launched at a noontime show, ‘Sang Linggo Napo Sila. The album spawned hit singles Lakas-Tama, Peckman, Bakit Ba?, Lagim, Kanto, and Biyaheng Impiyerno. Immediately after its release, the band was given the title of the New Artist of the Year. The album is considered as a Quadruple Platinum Awardee.
They started touring outside the country, entertaining Filipino citizens with their hit songs, letting the audiences dance, rock, and keep asking for more.
Gracenote was founded in the hallways of St. Scholastica’s College Manila where all the band members are taking up majors in music. Through their shared interests, they formed the foundation of the band. From their humble beginnings of playing in minor productions, the band worked its way up, eventually achieving the first runner-up title in the Sing for Cancer: Battle of the Bands 2008. That event paved the way for Gracenote’s road to greatness.
During their front act gig at the University of the East, they met Alan Ortiz, who then worked his way into organizing the various business matters of the band. As they worked with their new-found manager, the band got in the regional eliminations of the Nescafe Soundskool last October 18, 2008, where they got a chance to enter the finals.
After a short tour and some mentoring by the Nescafe Soundskool team at Boracay, the band went on to their main event, The Finals Night at the Ultra Sports Complex: The event that proved to be one of the highlights of the band’s history. There, they shared the stage with 6 Cyclemind to play the song Sandakan, and Gracenote’s original song, “Far Away”. Although they did not win in the event, they gained valuable experience and friends they will never forget.