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Pure Aural Pleasure: Betan Upbeat 2011


How do you kill boredom on a Friday night?  Soak yourself in the blissfulness of live indie music along with fellow music whores and bottles of beer.  Mellow Mangrove and the slight wetness of the weather is the perfect setting for some mellow music.  Betan Upbeat is a celebration of UP Sigma Beta Sorority, indie music and laidbackness of Ilolio City weekend.  And by indie, they meant unsigned bands.  In an industry of mainstream obscurity indie bands currency is the realness of their music.  If you haven’t heard the opm indie music you haven’t heard opm’s true greatness yet.

TOI-ing around.

Rarely do artists succeed in taking its listeners to that state where it feels like it’s not your ears that is listening but your soul.  TOI is a soothing Fiona Apple meets Temper Trap kind of musical ecstasy.  Their cd Toi Kingdom is something that you could listen while travelling or just trying to get some sleep.  The music and the poetry calms your soul.  It’s sort of divine to have a break from heart wrenching love song singing girl fronted bands.  Tracks to check out are “Open Up”, ” Run Run” and “When You Miss Me”, also listen to their cover of Creep for the chills. The dou is composed of Pat Tirano on guitars and Pauline Diaz on vocals.

Follie A Dorques.

The Dorques will remind you of your high school garage band that plays fun songs but with a bonus sexy keytar player.   It’s a multilingual band that would take you away even though you don’t even have a clue of what they’re singing, they sung French and Japanese songs, at least that night that is.  They’re one of the bands that you’d rather watch live because of the contagious atmosphere that they create.

Camerawalls.

For the lack of fitting title.

The Camerawalls at first looks like a British rock n’ roll band out of the 70’s and sure they sound like one too.  Fronted by the great Clemen Castro, they sung The Smiths songs in between their original songs.   Their music is lyrically intriguing reminiscent of genuine rock n’ roll, beyond description.  “I Love You Natalie” is an easy favorite along with “The Emperor, The Concubine and The Commoner” they also gave melody to Jose Rizal’s “Canto de Maria Clara”.  Beautiful music and beautiful lyrics that is to sum what the band is.

It was by far the greatest night in indie music in Iloilo City and people who went there would surely agree.