Filipino Rock Music

17 12 2009

Whenever I’m in the mood to feel nostalgic or if I’m ever in the mood to feel inspired by my past. I listen to my favorite Filipino rock bands. The tone, theme and lyrics of their music are just so indicative of the life and the general everyday struggles in the Philippines. I understand though, that a concept like this may be difficult for a non-Filipino to understand, considering the language and some of the ideas in the music may be difficult to relate too. Popular music in America now seems to suggest being wasteful of money and not caring about certain things things that should be held of value; things that would be valuable to an average Filipino at least, such as the trust of women for example or the very simple things in life, like a childhood friendship or the mere act of hanging out with buddies. Filipino rock music, speaks of simpler things, but simple things that can be relatable to the masses of the Philippines.

My two favorite bands are the Eraserheads and Parokya Ni Edgar. Eraserheads, or E-Heads was a prominent Filipino rock band of the 1990s. The band is one of the most successful, critically-acclaimed, and significant bands in the history of Original Pilipino Music, earning them the accolade, “The Beatles of the Philippines.” Eraserheads are also credited for spearheading a second wave of Manila band invasions, paving the way for a host of influential Philippine alternative rock.

Parokya ni Edgar, which translated to English means Parish of Edgar, is a Filipino band that was formed in 1993 by a group of Ateneo de Manila High School students. The band is famous and most lauded for its original rock novelty songs and often satirical covers of famous songs. The band has since transcended musical genres, varying styles from one song to another – alternative rock to pop rock, funk to rapcore, and so on while providing comic relief to their listeners.

-Jonathan Nolasco

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