BOPEK – Dalawa – Audio

The alt-rock band BOPEK, from The Philippines, were in the New Year Ninety.

BOPEK - Dalawa

BOPEK

Having recently lost their drummer – the track Dalawa, which surfaced within the past few hours, necessarily has a different gradient to the sound.

The combinations of guitars thread through the room in angular shards from which the distinctive vocal of Phoebe emotes a lyric of the lamentation of separation.

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BOPEK – HNNP – Audio

The Filipino experimental-rock quartet BOPEK were introduced last year.

BOPEK - HNNP

BOPEK

A couple of new tracks have surfaced within the past few hours, so it will be interesting to see if there are plans for a full release.

HNNP has a slightly jazz-maths feel to it, which is tempered by a synthetic cleansing cycle that spins through the track in ever faster progression, giving it rounded shoulders of sound.

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The Geeks – It’s Time To Go – Audio

The Filipino alt-indie band The Geeks are planning to  release the two track single The Double-Sided Sophomore Slump later this year.

The Geeks - It's Time To Go

The Geeks




Word also arrives that there are a number of new songs currently being recorded, so it is possible to speculate there may well be a fuller release during the course of the year.

The B side of The Double-Sided Sophomore SlumpIt’s Time To Go has surfaced as an interim step to more news. The just under three minute track has a more sludgy feel than material previously featured as The Geeks occlude the previously clear waters with an unexpected flatness of tone. Giving the song a feel of garage rock at its most unfinished as it wends its way in to the room in sticky lumps of clay that has the listener jumping in, like a hippopotamus enjoying a mud bath, and revelling in the squelch.

I look forward to hearing more of their new material to ascertain whether this is a new direction of travel, or a delightful one-off foray into quicksand.

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Taken By Cars – Crows – Video

There must be a reason I haven’t yet featured the electro-gaze quintet Taken By Cars from the Philippines – but I have no idea what of why.

Taken By Cars

Taken By Cars

A live version of an as yet unreleased track –  Crows explains precisely my amazement at my own remiss and apologies to everyone that it has taken me eight years to get to a band you needed to know of a long time ago.

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Jeebus – Christian Boy Goes to Hell – Audio

The Philippines instrumental-metal trio Jeebus release their début LP 2005 – 2015 on the 28th.

Jeebus

Jeebus

Long in gestation after, as you will have guessed by the album name, ten years of consideration Jeebus have finally relented and made a release.

From 2005 – 2015 – Christian Boy Goes to Hell has been advance released, which showcases the extemporized nature of the material and hence the reluctance of Jeebus to commit to recording over the intervening decade. With fortune, for those of us not in the Philippines we are able to sample the purity of the creativity of a band who long time ago gave up on discovering a vocalist to join them and put their heads down to creativity, now with the self-belief to decline any invitations by vocalists to audition.

With the confidence to play out melodrama without the expected voice Jeebus have developed an intuition for melodic input without ever loosing the unravelling fulmination of the genre.

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