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Daily Music Dose: TOI


Yes, because music is my eternal drug I’m posting another music recommendation like we used to do back in the days.

If you seek a remedy for all those pop punk and rnb plague, well just like me, you might want to check the band TOI.

Composed of vocalist Pauline Diaz, guitarist Pat Tirano and visual artist Mei Tayengco, this band is possibly the best Pinoy trip hop has ever produced. For a listener population who’s demographic is mainly dominated by alt rock and pop fans, Philippines is gradually opening to a different type of music. After all this breed of music spawned from those mainstream genres. To bridge the new sound and old music listener, that is where TOI comes in.

Playful sounds that produces imagery that is what I seek most in music. And TOI has fulfilled that with one song, Run. Music appreciation sometimes requires mood, when my insomnia begins to attack, Jack is the song that calms me to sleep. Burden is also painful but lovely song.

TOI is a mix of a little bit of everything. It’s like a music experiment done perfect you wont even notice that they’re just toi-ing with sounds.

I have a strictly hardcore rock and 80′s preference. I am proud of myself for embracing a modern sound. This sound isnt borrowed from a distant era. Yeah, this topic would probably need to be on another post.

While you’re at it, here’s what I was trying to talk about.

http://soundcloud.com/toikingdom/comet-demo

And if you like what you hear, which I’m sure you do. I suggest you go here.

And follow them here.

Where’s Pat Tirano?: The Crazy Story of How We Stalked the Coolest Sound Engineer


Alright, maybe not stalked but followed. Taking into consideration how an overall awesome dude he is, he deserves to be followed, literally and figuratively.

This idea was plagiarized from that movie Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, if you’ve watched the movie you’ll know where the title is derived from. For those who didn’t watch the movie, its about two music heads who met and followed their favorite band, Where’s Fluffy?. But if you’ve read the book the story is slightly different.

So who is Pat Tirano? For starters, aside from being awesome he plays guitar for TOI and Archipelago (if you haven’t heard of them you generally suck). And most of all he’s an NU Rock award winning Sound Engineer. So it’s safe to say that this dude is pretty much the man behind some of most successful band performances. He might not be a huge rockstar, but he rocks big time.

The mission started when he posted this question on Facebook:

Coincidentally me and my friend agreed to go to Smallville, a tiny town where all hotels, bars and other non sensible hang outs are. Our trips are mostly out of impulse but suddenly we had a purpose. It was a serendipititious moment.

Considering he mentioned that MO2 is just in front of his hotel we figured he might be staying at Westown. So we pretended to dine in a fancy resto in the hotels ground floor. It’s a perfect lookout; it has glass walls and located beside the entrance so nobody could go in and out of the hotel without escaping our eyes. We waited and ate there for almost an hour but no familiar shadow showed up.  We got bored of fiddling the Carbonara with our forks and my friend had already successfully tied a cherries stem in a knot with her tongue. He might’ve left for somewhere or we might’ve got the wrong hotel.

Off we went to Coffee Break, one of the suggestions therefore one of the probable target locations. We ordered two cups of hot coffee and again sat near the coffee shops entrance. We we’re staring at the cups of coffee until they went cold for two hours but still no sign that our subject is there. Excitement was in the brink of becoming a disappointment. Also drowse had slowly taken us over; coffee has this unusual reverse effect on us. The odds of finding him in this chaotic party town were low but we know exactly where we can surely see him.

And so we walked and talked a good one kilometer from Smallville to SM City.  Pupil will be performing at the car park and he takes care of the audio. Of course we are a little bit smart so we stood by the sound control booth.  We arrived just in time for Bloom Brothers to take the stage.  Well after the lame beer drinking and pizza eating contests that is.  I honestly have no idea about them; I’m only familiar with Brothers Bloom.  The instant they came up the stage wearing pink polos, red ties and gray slacks I already knew that they’re going to sing The Beatles, which they did and they did good.  We twisted and shouted under the rain and without time going back suddenly it was the 70′s again.

When Bloom Brothers was about to wrap their set up, I saw a familiar guy walking hurriedly in the middle of the crowd.  I grabbed my friends arm and exclaimed “it’s him!!”.  Then we came up to him but he walked too fast, ignoring the crowd.  Apparently, he just checked the audio from the audience point.  We couldn’t even call up his name, that was our only reaction, a panicked silence.  It was as if we’re not sure it was him but we can’t confirm because our tongues are tied in thrill.  Before Pupil play they must triple check if the audio was perfect, he passed by us twice and we had regrettably the same reaction.  He stood at the sound control booth for a good while but we couldn’t approach him instead we just kept on stealing awkward glances which half of the time he caught us.  Every time we stared at him the crowd perplexedly stared at him too which caused him to eventually notice us.  The next time he passed by us he stared and smiled and we grinned in excitement.  My friend instantly remembered to say something, “Sir Pat?!” as if she’s confirming if it was him.  Remember to choose to be good friends with people who have presence of mind. And he replied, “hello, hello, hello” and we suddenly forgot Ely Buendia was about to sing on stage.

As usual, Pupil is phenomenal.  They embody Pinoy alt rock in its truest form, no hardcore slamming just rhythmic clapping in the air.  The crowd is a mix of old Eraserheads fans, Archipelago fans, TOI fans and just plain music fan who likes everything (yes, me).  They played their more popular songs in between some of the greatest Eraserheads favorite. Ely Buendia is strangely lankier than he seemed on TV.  I wanted to kneel before him because he is a music god. Dok Sergio surprised me with his rendition of one of their new songs.  Hearing them live is the same as hearing them in ipods and music players.

Sir Pat Tirano if you are wondering why two girls are trying to get photos of you last night, this blog is the reason. We want a photographic proof that this happened. Not only have I stalked you on Facebook and Twitter but in real life too.

Ahh the joy of looking for someone and finding them.

*I tried to photoshop the pictures but yeah to no avail.  Next time we’ll go stalking prepared.