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Why I Like The Camerawalls

Last week, preliminary to an internet radio performance at UR Faceradio, we posted an open invitation to all who might be interested to join us and become our guests during the show and receive a free copy of our new EP Bread and Circuses. See A Radio Invitation…

The involvement entails an easy task of e-mailing an answer to the question “Why do you like The Camerawalls?” The responses we received were more than heartwarming, enkindling us to the core, enough to inspire an immediate follow-up with new recordings.

“The exceptionally written words in every song catch my attention. Some songs are based in real life situation in which we can learn something good based on the message of a particular song. Another thing is their feel-good music allows me to see the day in an optimistic way.” – Kevin

“Because listening to The Camerawalls is like a perfect book, you bring me to a different world.” – Lori

The Camerawalls live at UR Faceradio with sessionist Carlo Gaa on keys.

“Dahil napakaganda ng inyong musika. Araw-araw kong pinapakinggan ang inyong magagandang kanta at minsan sinasabayan ko rin ng gitara habang kinakanta. Bawat lyrics, melody, instruments ay napakahusay. Nagpapasalamat ako dahil may natitira pang mga musikero na katulad nyo na talagang napakahusay. Salamat din sa mga cover songs nyo dahil nakakatuklas ako ng magagandang kanta kumpara ngayon na parang wala na yung quality ng musika.” – Mark

“I like It so much, because the sound is better than the others, looking back at your debut album ‘Pocket Guide To The Otherworld’, I find all the songs in that album so beautiful and amazing! I’ve never heard any band use rondalla before in a modern song. Then your song “Canto de Maria Clara” was derived from one the books that our National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal wrote. You leave me amazed, where in heaven did you get your songwriting techniques? In your EP Album “Bread and Circuses”, the most I like are “Longevity”,”My Life’s Arithmetic Means” and your single “Bread and Circuses”, I play it always in youtube.com and I always enjoy your songs, dreaming I was in heaven and flying in the clouds. What beautiful music you have!” – Bobby

Law Santiago

“I like the Camerawalls’ music because I am into indiepop and 80’s music (The Smiths, Stone Roses & Pale Fountains). I love the popish guitar sound of the band plus the soothing voice of Clem.Their rondalla/banduria approach when they performed in Club 8 in Manila was superb, eclectic and unique.” – Erick

“This is quite low but I like your music because of its very soothing melody. I am also amazed by the lyrics of your songs, but I cannot fully say that it is really the message that made me like your music because I am not sure if I truly got your message. There are also some songs which I find vague because, I don’t know, maybe I should improve my vocabulary. I salute you for keeping your music as non-commercial one. Sometimes I wonder how people could not know about your beautiful songs and listen to it just like the mainstream ones but I stayed selfish about it… your music’s like a treasure.” – Nicole

Joseph "Bachie" Rudica

“I like the sincerity and truthfulness in your lyrics and I like the creativity in your music! More power!” – JM

“I’m a metal fan pero I matured into your kind of music. I think your music is classy and very mature. It easily connects to my soul. Your music talks to me. Simple yet so much better than all those fast complicated metal. When I’m sad, stressed and hopeless, your music always cheers me up.” – Allen

“It’s different… kumbaga yung recipe ng masarap na pagkain. A masterpiece of lyrics.” – Tessa

Clementine

“Music has played an integral part in the lives of every Filipino and in the lives of every individual in general. It has served as a catalyst in the hustle bustle of daily living whether among the affluent, the middle class nor the less fortunate. It is indeed a powerful medium which can induce multiple response which can either be physiological, emotional, cognitive and behavioral.

Music can influence behavior in ways which are beyond one’s conscious awareness. Further, it promotes relaxation, alleviates anxiety and pain, facilitates communication which goes beyond words and explanation, inspire and soothe the spirit and the troubled mind. It is an essential foundation of our existence and the rhythm of our souls, consequently a few couldn’t live without it. 

Never before in the history of humanity that an abundance of different genre of music has been made and so easily available in the world today, not to mention it’s accessibility through the advancement of modern technology. The development of electronic media has paved the way to make music more enjoyable. The question as to who and what is worth listening is a vital factor which will define what are we made of and what we value in life. 

I have always been a music enthusiast and a lover of which that is good, lovely, virtuous and praiseworthy. Though I am not musically gifted I have a penchant of what is simply unique and extraordinary. Ironically, I have never been exposed to live bands not until recently, nevertheless, I knew one is worthy of my time and attention when I see one. The adventurous side of me made me discover zones I should pay attention to – The CAMERAWALLS .

Their music captured and awakened my heart in deep slumber and created a deep impact in me. It has the effect I had previously mentioned above. Never have I heard an all-Filipino band sounded so exquisitely beautiful. Their lyrics were so rich – intelligently, intricately and delicately woven together to create a perfect melody so relaxing and soothing to the human soul. All the three-man-band were equality gifted and oozing with talent and perfectly blend. Keep creating and making good music together. I’ll be tirelessly listening and loving your music ’til eternity passes away! More power and Godbless.” – Cathy

With friends and guests who took home free CDs with stickers and badges.

Many thanks to all participants. We thank you all for taking time and effort to be with us. Let’s do this again when the opportunity presents itself. In the meantime, see you in gigs!

Photo credits: Erick Dantoc and Jeff Saw

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

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

Something Good Ends, Something Better Will Begin

Reposted from http://dragonflycollector.com

Another leaf has turned as I spent my birthday week preparing and hosting a musical event. The traditional get together at Lilystars Records’ HQ on the 9th culminated with the launch of The Camerawalls EP “Bread and Circuses” at the Ayala Museum on the 11th.

I bought a whole crispy chicken for the potluck party only to become easily ignored by the wealth of food and alcohol brought along by each one who came. Some were homemade like the dishes prepared by Antonette, our wonder dinner-party hostess. Everyone from the label was present with some surprise guests – good friends who are helping us with our artists and events.

Sharing my chocolate cake.

When they brought in the cakes (there were two, one for Eric Po of Your Imaginary Friends whose birthday falls on the 12th), it’s when I realized it’s official — I’m thirty four! And loving it.

Last year, we had the same party at the exact same date. The following day when I tried to blog about it, I ended up  writing a very insightful tune about my birthday wishes. Indulgent with the momentum, I readily posted a song demo for everyone to hear. You can listen/read about it HERE>>>

The song was realized and published on a proper record a year after and is included in “Bread and Circuses” EP as the only acoustic track in the collection. A simple one with a haunting melody over a root Am chord. To make the song extra special, I tied up with a couple musicians from Australia. Dan Shepherd (a slide guitarist), whom I met during his visit in the Manila, together with his friend Perrin Walker (a violinist), wrote and performed string sections and eventually bounced the recordings to me via email. You can hear their contribution beginning at 1:45 in the player below.

Robert Javier recorded my acoustic guitar and vocal takes, while the rest of the orchestrations that you will hear from beginning to end is produced and performed by Jonathan Ong of Sonicstate Audio, who is also responsible for mixing and mastering the track.

Birthday Wishes – The Camerawalls

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“…a lovely haunting tune, powerful in its Lennon-like lyricism. It has the gravitas of a prayer and the bittersweet insights of a songwriter on the eve of his birthday, reflecting on his life and then-current events (he refers to a female President).” Johanna Poblete, BusinessWorld

Birthday Wishes
Words and Music by Clementine

I call upon the Universe
To never take the shine off common people
Whose eyes are still gleaming with hope
I call upon the President
To limit her ambitions
There are far more greater things in life than power

I wish for peace and love
A better country and a happy coexistence
Longevity of the people I love
All these years I think of nothing, no one but myself
In birthday wishes
Now I think of you.
Now I think of you

I pray to you my sweetest Lord
Paint us a portrait of your Love
I sing to you my dearest friends
Never cease believing
Dreams do come true

I wish for peace and love
A better country and a happy coexistence
Longevity of the people I love
All these years I think of nothing, no one but myself
In birthday wishes
Now I think of you.
Now I think of you

Oh, grant me these wishes
Oh, grant me these wishes
Something good ends, something better will begin
Something good ends, something better will begin
And in this fog i use my heart as a compass
And in the darkness, my faith is my lamp
And in depression I learn the real value of living

Here’s a live clip taken during the EP launch, with Carlo Gaa sessioning on keyboards.

Birthday Wishes – The Camerawalls (Live at Ayala Museum)

All in all it has been a great week. Stressful and tiring, but for the most part fulfilling. (And) I’m grateful to all who contributed and made all these things happen. I leave you with my eternal, yearly birthday wishes. As eternal as I am an optimist, something better will always begin.

John Lennon – In Memoriam

October 9, 1940  – marks the emergence of a baby that is destined to be a rock icon. One of the best things that ever happened in the music industry in general, and one of the most influential household name – John Lennon. In some photos and angle, kids nowadays might mistake him for Harry Potter, but no, he is more than magical, he is real and a  legend in his own right. For green music fans, read on.

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.” – John Lennon

John Lennon (1940 - 1980)

John Lennon (1940 - 1980)

John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English rock musician, singer-songwriter, author, and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. With Paul McCartney, Lennon formed one of the most influential and successful songwriting partnerships of the 20th century and “wrote some of the most popular music in rock and roll history”. He is ranked the second most successful songwriter in UK singles chart history after McCartney.

Lennon revealed a rebellious nature, and biting wit, in his music, on film, in books, and at press conferences and interviews. He was controversial through his work as a peace activist and visual artist. After The Beatles, Lennon enjoyed a successful solo career with such acclaimed albums as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine and iconic songs such as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine“. After a self-imposed “retirement” to raise his son Sean, Lennon reemerged with a comeback album, Double Fantasy, but was murdered less than one month after its release. The album would go on to win the 1981 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

In 2002, respondents to a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted Lennon eighth. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Lennon number 38 on its list of “The Immortals: The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time” (The Beatles being number one). He was also ranked fifth greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone in 2008. He was posthumously inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. (source: wikipedia)

“I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.” – John Lennon

I have been jokingly and seriously (sometimes with hate) regarded many times as Lennon’s Filipino look-and-sound-a-like, from physical features to vocal attack. However they meant it,  will be taken as an ultimate compliment from a provincial commoner. More than a decade of emulation and admiration spells the reason why.

Last year, for a Christmas eve fashion feature in the lifestyle section of The Manila Bulletin, I was invited to do a John Lennon-Yoko Ono inspired photo shoot and pose as the rock icon entitled “And So This Is Christmas.” Here are some of the pics taken by Charles Buenconsejo:

Clementine & Ana Sideco

Ana Sideco & Clementine posing as John & Yoko. Appeared December 24, 2008 on the lifestyle section of The Manila Bulletin. Photography by Charles Buenconsejo. Styling by Liz Anne Bautista. Location: Wombworks Studio.

My favorite shot.

My favorite shot. Barefooted moments.

War Is Over!

War Is Over!

Love Is All We Need

Love Is All We Need.

“You are all geniuses, and you are all beautiful. You don’t need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are. Get out there and get peace, think peace, live peace, and breathe peace, and you’ll get it as soon as you like.” – John Lennon

That same month prior to the shoot I was given another perfect opportunity to pay tribute to Lennon’s work and perform alongside excellent musicians at a legendary venue for rock music – 70s Bistro. The bar owners organized a Lennon Night with Johnoy Danao (vox/acoustic), Julianne (vox/acoustic), Kakoy Legazpi (lead guitars), Rommel Dela Cruz (bass), Carlo Gaa (keyboards) and Benjie Santos (drums). Was lucky enough to be able to sing for the first time Lennon songs I never thought I’d sing and perform live.

Here are some captured clips covering his songs:

“Woman” from his last  album Double Fantasy (1980)

“Mind Games”  from the album of the same title released 1973

Now I’m with The Camerawalls, his songs especially those with The Beatles, are still a staple choice to cover during gigs. Although he is long gone, he has left a lot to enable everyone to re-imagine his glory days and reminisce what he meant to people he has touched — in ways big and small. – Clementine

“Imagine” from John Lennon’s second solo album of the same title. (1971)

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” – John Lennon