Tag Archives: toi kingdom

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.


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

And follow them here.

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.


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.