It all began with a text.
“You free on Saturday?”
I replied asking what was happening on Saturday.
“Maude music video launch in 19 East.”
That had me searching on social media and doing my research on the Internet about said event.
So how did Maude premiere their music video? Well, with a gig, of course!
19 East was packed even before the clock struck nine. It has this classy vibe to it, with its walls adorned with its expensive looking art, dark wooden tables, candles, and glass chandeliers. Kara’s advice to go early was a good tip, as we arrived just in time to grab one of the last tables. By the time the gig started, the place was packed.
The chatter around us died down as soon as the white screen, which covered the stage, rolled up and revealed the first band for the night: Lenses.
In between sets, I couldn’t resist playing Pokemon Go to pass the time as the next band would set-up. I didn’t even have to roam around–though I know a couple of people who even searched the muddy parking lot to catch Pokemon–as Pokemon after Pokemon kept popping up on my phone while I was seated.
When the white screen rolled up a second time, the stage revealed Giniling Festival. As much as I enjoyed their music, I also had fun listening to their chatter as they transitioned songs. Their humour had everyone laughing! Even their music is reflective of said humor. Listen to their song Letter to Angelina Jolie and you’ll understand what I mean.
When it was time for Maude to take the stage, they played a few songs before finally unveiling their music video for Habol. Their concept for the music video was simple: the band walking in an alley of Binondo, Manila. But the video adapted the reverse motion technique, so that spiced things up.
Up Dharma Down were the last to perform, and took a while to set-up as they came from a previous gig. No matter how late they were going to start, everyone waited. During their set, the band expressed that though they were tired, seeing the enthusiastic crowd reception made it all worth it.
Up Dharma Down
As the final note echoed around the walls of 19 East, everyone still buzzed about, happy about the night’s experience. I was surprised at how quick people stood up from their tables to go outside, but later on I realised why: they wanted a photo op with Up Dharma Down. After a quick chat with Armi, a horde of people surrounded her. They were armed with their mobiles, ready to ask for a photo. I’m still amazed at how easy it is to approach local bands right after their shows and ask for a photo or chat with them.
This gig reminded me of how much I still need to explore the local scene and find hidden music gems. Go support the local Filipino music scene. Listen to the bands’ Soundcloud accounts, Spotify or YouTube uploads.
It’s never too late to start supporting local!
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