thursday last friday

June 1, 2008

just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, pulp announced that foreign act thursday was coming to town to play and make emo kids happy. before the end of 2007, i was already informed that a couple of my favorite bands would play here. the rumor wasn’t true though for the used, but upon learning that thursday will be playing here – foreign redemption.

what’s really great about foreign bands coming here is the fact that they’re not here too often, that’s why i think 2008 is the biggest year for music here in the philippins. all those great international bands give our local acts a great chance to show what pinoy stuff is.

i would’ve started a running diary about the concert but i didn’t have the tools (electronic notebook) and because i’m too lazy (this is my first post in about two weeks). so i’m gonna try my best to tell you everything that happened the friday night that thursday played.

what a relief it was finding anto, keies, and mei because we were a bit lost in makati. so the temperature of the place (a-venue) was really comforting. about 30 minutes before the first band started, we came up with this great idea of taking pictures of people’s shoes for our already frustrated attempt to start a cool website for the youth. then after a few minutes, we started readying for the show as we stood up front.

first band was april morning skies. i didn’t know much about them aside the fact that they were with tower of doom which is my friend’s band’s label as well, so they probably played hardcore/punk/emo or something. and so they did. i didn’t really like them too much. i thought they tried too much to impress thursday and i’m really not a very big fan of growling the lyrics to a song all the way (growling is very different from screaming). i wasn’t alone in not liking them, some of the other audience was shouting “last song!” on their third song. now, that wasn’t very respectful of them but they were at least shouting what they thought: that this band wasn’t good enough to front for thursday.

next band was anggulo (which i think everybody is mispronouncing). they a bit (a bit) better than a.m.s. but was too soft. they, like a.m.s., were trying too hard to impress everybody that they were doing the opposite (plus, dressing up like my chemical romance didn’t do them any good). seeing them play here didn’t do anything good to those who heard them for the first time – not in an environment like this.

the third band is good enough to be main act for most of their gigs, chicosci. however, i’m too prejudiced to write anything good about them. they became emo (to the point that they are imitating my chemical romance. seriously, what’s with mcr that everybody wants to be like them? i think it’s gerard’s boyishly handsome looks). they’re so arrogant that they called all their fans vampires, they worship the devil, and they still play the song that made them famous (paris, it went 52 weeks in the nu107 midnight countdown which i think is impressive). you know which bands still play the songs that made them famous? the old ones who are trying to make a comeback with their 50-year old singer and 25-year old guitarist. those songs shouldn’t be allowed to be played in concerts unless you’re a really great band that has never stopped playing and are still very active in 20 years.

last band to front was typecast which played a great 5-song set. i thought it was fitting that they were the next to last band. the 4 front acts went from not so good to really good before the main event. i was really happy seeing them again for the first time in about 3 years (last time i saw them, i really didn’t know them and was intruiged as to why everybody was shouting “try me! try me!”). they started with an explosions in the sky-like instrumental which almost made me cry inside (outside i was saying, “ugh, they’re copying eits). their poise on stage was brutally good which made me hate the other three bands more. steve’s voice makes me a bit effeminate, melvin’s beats just fits so right with their songs. and their songs… so amazing when you hear it live (now, let me tell you that i only like them live. when i listen to their record, i hear the words clearer and they’re just too forced if you ask me). what makes their songs really special is how they close them. steve’s riffs has never failed to dazzle me. it’s pure genius. and it made me really think about starting my own band. it made me feel really bad about my guitar skills, and now i’m contemplating about my writing skills. which is the irony of watching them play, they make you feel good and bad at the same time. i love it.

the main act was up. the crowd was chanting their name. i was laughing because there wasn’t too many people (i think only a third of the place was filled up), but the good thing was that you knew that these people were real fans and not the posers that i saw when incubus played here. we all were there for one thing and one thing only, great music. i think thursday is one of the pioneers in this kind of music and is one of the most influencial bands to us filipinos (others are dashboard confessional and the used). this explains the reason why their oldest of old songs (understanding a car crash, cross out the eyers) were such big hits to the crowd. what i love about thursday the most, is not that they are a human rights band (although it’s up there), but because they recognize good music. just before their last song, they acknoweledged typecast for being a great band. they advised everybody to support local music, go buy their albums, go to their shows, not just because they’re our family and friends, but also because they play good music. these words are something you won’t hear normally from foreign bands, and that really says a lot about thursday. now i see why people (including myself) love them.


pictures here. and i’m still thinking if i am to start a band when clearly i don’t have good enough guitar skills, songwriting skills and stage presence. i mean, i’m saving money to buy a guitar but now i’m thinking of getting a notebook instead. somebody talk me into trying again.


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