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
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
This post maybe tardily published. But the excitement and enthusiasm we felt about our Club 8 experience last May will always be relived thru a series of videos we uploaded on our YouTube account.
Opening for Club 8 gave us two very distinct opportunities. First, to be backed-up for the first time by a 10-piece Rondalla ensemble consisting of banduria and octavina players. (See videos 1 – 3) And secondly, to jam with Ian Zafra, guitarist of Sheila and the Insects, and Bachie Rudica, drummer of The Gentle Isolation. (See videos 4 – 7).
Day 1 | May 14, 2010 | SMX Convention Center
with The Flumaviron
Vid #1 – I Love You, Natalie
Vid #2 – Canto De Maria Clara
Vid #3 – Clinically Dead For 16 Hours
Day 2 | Ma4 15, 2010 | Cebu International Convention Center
with Ian Zafra of Shiela and The Insects
Vid #4 – Markers of Beautiful Memories
Vid #5 – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Vid #6 – Clinically Dead For 16 Hours
Vid #7 – The Emperor, The Concubine and The Commoner