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Kate and Burt at The POP Shoppe!

We’d like to further share the results of our performance (originally blogged at Lilystars Records) in that dark pub where we always like to play called Route 196 during The POP Shoppe! tribute to Burt Bacharach on March 3. We are lucky to have Kate Torralba as part of the line-up of artists performing and even luckier to have her on stage with us the whole time.

She recently recorded piano for one of our songs in Bread And Circuses EP called “My Life’s Arithmetic Means” and we were able to jam it together for the first time live that night. It was the first song and she never left our side, jamming with all our Bacharach covers, a couple more original songs, and sang a lady version of “Girlfriend In A Coma” by The Smiths. Fun night! We ended up closing the bar at 3:30am.

My Life’s Arithmetic Means – The Camerawalls with Kate Torralba

This Guys In Love With You / Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head / Walk On By – The Camerawalls

The Whitest Boy Alive: Concert and Cover

If you are a fan of Kings of Convenience and dance music, you just might like The Whitest Boy Alive, an indie rock-electronic group from Berlin also fronted by Erlend Øye.

Erlend together with bandmate Eirick visited Manila last year as Kings Of Convenience and I was fortunate to catch that intimate show. This time The Whitest Boy Alive is touring Asia with a stop in the Philippines on March 12 brought to us by Intercept!

I picked-up a video Kate Torralba posted while she’s skyping with Erlend sending a personal invite to fans in Manila.

Erlend Skypes Manila: Greetings from The Whitest Boy Alive

 

The Whitest Boy Alive Cover Night

To add up to the excitement Kate hosted a Whitest Boy Alive cover night at Cafe Saguijo two days ago with Ang Bandang Shirley, The Camerawalls, Kate Torralba, Turbo Goth and Bullet Dumas.

We chose to cover the song 1517, a single from their second album “Rules” and featured as a soundtrack in the video game FIFA 10. From the electronic-dance sound, our version combines elements of acoustic and rockabilly, making the rhythm section sounding more like a Smiths track. Watch our cover below:

1517 – The Camerawalls

Food and Yenning in Iloilo (Part 2)

continuation of Food and Yenning in Iloilo (Part 1)…

While enjoying the afternoon coffee at Madge, I mentioned to Chito my particular interest to visit Museo Iloilo and Janiuay Cemetery.  Got the following description at Asiatravel.com about the two places of interest:

Museo Iloilo
An impressive collection of Iloilo’s cultural heritage which includes stone age native pottery; fossils; jewelry; burial sites; trade pottery from China, Annam and Siam; era photos. Mementos and war relics; a British sunken ship; Spanish-era Filipino sculpture; and modern art done by Ilonggo artists and craftsmen.

Janiuay Cemetery
Built in 1875, this famous Spanish-Filipino cemetery is made of cut stone and fossil rocks and features three imposing stairways and two Gothic doors. Its is 32 kms. from the city.

He told me it’ll take a long while to reach the cemetery but he’ll gladly accompany us to the museum. So I guess the tombstones and idea of grave rubbing will have to wait for another visit back in Iloilo.

For non-travelers like us who aren’t used to the grandeur of famous museums, Museo Iloilo was indeed already impressive. It wasn’t that big and one can tour it for a short 15 to 30 minutes.

As a souvenir, I bought a couple of era photos while Bachie bought a number of Iloilo tote bags. Displyed in the next room across the entrance are several paintings by local artists. I particularly like the works of a certain Alex P. Ordoyo in watercolor. Below are samples of this work on exhibit.

But the best art I saw and probably the photo of the day is a mixed media composed of art on canvas and my two band mates fooling around.

… and this amazing monument of Benjamin Button.

After the half -hour museum tour we headed back to Highway 21 hotel to rest for a couple of hours while we wait for Ian Zafra, our session guitarist, who flew from Cebu. It’s been so long since he last joined us on stage and we’re quite excited to see him again.

In our hotel room, reunited with Ian.

He arrived at the hotel just in time for dinner accompanied by two friends based in the city named Patrick and Roy. They brought us to a place called Ramboy’s Lechonan and Restaurant, ordered Sinigang, Lechon and Sizzling Seafoods and had a few beers while catching up. We continued drinking and singing the night away back in our hotel room. A great day, it was.

to be continued…

“My Life’s Arithmetic Means” Piano Instrumental (Bonus Hidden Track)

To those who already have a copy of Bread and Circuses EP we are grateful for your support. But you might like to know, there’s a bonus hidden track after the last song — an instrumental version of track two — “My Life’s Arithmetic Means“. Listen to the original track below:

My Life’s Arithmetic Means – The Camerawalls

Kate Torralba, our guest musician on the record, made impromptu contributions to the song. She was very kind enough to appear in the studio even on a very short notice without the benefit of a song study, and record piano and keyboard sections on the spot. She was amazing!

Kate Torralba at home with her piano. Photo by Aldwin Aspillera.

Before actual takes we sat down to review her on the chord progressions and sections of the song while catching up and exchanging talks about love and relationship failures. A conversation that somehow led us to a conclusion that we would both fare better with a foreign prospect. Kate even funnily suggested to hook me up with her  friends. “I am a good matchmaker!” she quips. To which I just plainly shrugged.

Robert Javier was the one on board the console at Sonicstate Audio, recording and guiding her as our producer. The clip below is the exact recording of a portion of the short bonus track which you can hear after a two-minute silence preceded by the last track “Bread and Circuses” in the EP.

Kate Torralba is a singer-songwriter-pianist and a fashion designer. She is currently working on her solo debut album.

The Highest High: Our China Crisis Fix

We had an amazing Saturday night! Opening act for the popular 80s icon China Crisis plus backstage access and front row seats to their show. If you missed the gig at The Venice Piazza, the series of videos below is the closest you can get to the experience.

We only played three songs. We were actually required to do two covers but opted to play just one to promote our records. I’m sure the management of Megaworld wouldn’t mind since whatever we play will sound close to the songs we cover. But we are mighty glad and thankful for this opportunity.

Carlo Gaa jammed with us on keyboards. Incidentally, he’s also the keyboard sessionist for entire leg of China Crisis’ shows in Manila.

Girlfriend In A Coma

Clinically Dead For 16 Hours

Bread and Circuses

Earlier during sound check, the acoustic guitar of Eddie Lundon acted up, prompting the band to borrow and use my cheap (but nice sounding) Ibanez acoustic guitar for their entire show. And of course, the idea of having it signed automatically sprung into mind!

My acoustic guitar signed by Eddie Lundon and Gary Daly of China Crisis after using it for their last gig in Manila.

African and White – China Crisis

The Highest High – China Crisis