Sooooo… how exactly do I open my first entry in this blog I’ve decided to call “Affordable Favorites”? Lol at the alliterative title of this post too.

Hello world? (Programming, hrrng…)

O hai…? (Wtf Jan, get yr shit together…)

Whatever… let’s cut the crap and head straight to the very reason for suddenly putting up this blog. As you can see in the About section, I have been attending several shows since 2012, so that makes it more than three years already as of this writing. But this September 2015 is no ordinary month as there are four foreign-headlined shows I’m supposed to go to and do a write-up for each – yep, FOUR SHOWS TO CHECK OUT THIS SEPTEMBER 2015!! (Please feel free to correct me in the comments section if I got this wrong since who knows if there was a similar instance from back in those years when I was most probably hibernating at some remote cave.)

Each show is definitely worth checking out if you like your music aggressive and confrontational, so here goes:

Show #1

funerus

Headlining act from abroad: Funerus

Where are they currently based?

Pennsylvania.

So who exactly are they?

Funerus’ core lineup includes John McEntee on guitar with his wife Jill on vocals and bass. As of their most recent release “The Black Death” (Dark Descent Records, 2015), Funerus also has Alwin Zuur on guitar and Frank Schilperoort on drums – though I honestly have no inkling just yet if they’ll also accompany John and Jill come their visit to Manila.

I have zero knowledge with regards to their music; what’s their sound like?

Think Incantation or any traditional death metal with female gutturals.

What stuff would you recommend for a n00b like me?

I’m personally not really that fond of demo records (speaking of which, will get into it in a separate post soon), so I’d rather state here that Funerus currently has two full-length albums and a 7” under their belt. I would recommend their “The Black Death” 7” for starters as it has 3 songs to get rather easily into.

Anything else I need to know about them?

Oh, did I just mention Incantation there earlier?… that’s right, John McEntee is most known as a founding member of Incantation and Funerus is his side project. Makes you wish you had a side band with your wife in tow assuming you’re in a band and you actually have a wife, eh?

When will their visit to Manila be?

September 5, 2015. That’s a Saturday, so unless you have work or school at night, you have to be there.

Where will their show be held?

Selda-Dos, Visayas Ave.,Quezon City (near Pares Retiro)

How much do I pay to get in?

300 pesos. Quite affordable if you ask me. Also, very rare chance to meet JOHN FUCKING MCENTEE!!

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Show #2

birds in row
Credits due to “Pants” of Sleeping Boy Collective for designing this poster.

Headlining act from abroad: Birds in Row

Where are they currently based?

France.

So who exactly are they?

Birds in Row is composed of Bart Hirigoyen on vocals and guitar, Quentin Sauvé on bass, and Timothee Duchesne (Or has he been replaced as well after that news from last year where they were supposed to break up? Kindly head over to the comments section and feel free to correct this if ever) on drums.

I have zero knowledge with regards to their music; what’s their sound like?

If Thrice and Thursday had a bastard son. Or basically a continuation of second-wave screamo before the whole thing got lost in the hands of corporate interests.

What stuff would you recommend for a n00b like me?

Since Birds in Row currently has one full-length album called “You, Me and the Violence” (Deathwish Inc., 2012) and a LP simply called “Collected” (Vitriol Records, 2012) which compiles their previously released “Rise of the Phoenix” and “Cottbus” 7”s, it would be wise to listen to both records. You will get to memorize every Birds in Row song in under two hours tops; trust me, I’ve actually tried.

Anything else I need to know about them?

Birds in Row’s Manila leg of their Southeast Asian tour marks the very first time any band currently signed to Deathwish Inc. would be visiting the country. That should be more than reason enough to get really stoked.

When will their visit to Manila be?

September 10, 2015. A Thursday weekday but if you can afford to take a brief leave of absence come Friday morning (which I will do) or even go home, eat breakfast and head to work without any sleep (something I honestly cannot and will not do ever), then you have to head over to Birds in Row’s show.

Where will their show be held?

Mow’s, Matalino St., Quezon City (located at the basement of Kowloon House near Philippine Heart Center)

How much do I pay to get in?

250 pesos to catch a French band AND a Deathwish Inc. signee (in addition of course to the local bands who will open for Birds in Row), what more could one ask for?

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Show #3

xibalba

Headlining act from abroad: Xibalba

Where are they currently based?

California.

So who exactly are they?

Xibalba is composed of:

– Nate Rebolledo, vocals

– Jensen Hucle, guitar

– Mike Salazar, guitar

– Brian Ortiz, guitar

– Jason Brunes, drums

I have zero knowledge with regards to their music; what’s their sound like?

A leaner, meaner Hatebreed – or pissed off, clenched fist hardcore to very simply put it. Always a good thing to listen to when you’re really angry at something (possibly too many to mention so I won’t even touch that) or perhaps in the middle of an intense workout session.

What stuff would you recommend for a n00b like me?

Xibalba currently has 3 full-length albums, a 3-way split CD, a split 7” with Incendiary, and a split 12” with Suburban Scum. Where to even start, one may ask?

I say start with their most recent full-length “Tierra y Libertad” (Southern Lord, 2014) as it felt a bit more dynamic (the doom-sounding “El Vacio” clocking in at almost 13 minutes is a standout personally as it serves as a breather from all the punishing tunes in and a rather fit closer as well to the entire album) compared to their previous 2 full-lengths.

Anything else I need to know about them?

This Xibalba has no relation to this other Xibalba, sorry.

When will their visit to Manila be?

September 14, 2015. Right smack on a Monday, I know, but one could always opt for a little rest and report back to work the next afternoon; you can mosh your anger and frustration towards your bosses and higher-ups away at the show itself.

Where will their show be held?

Selda-Dos, Visayas Ave.,Quezon City (near Pares Retiro)

How much do I pay to get in?

300 pesos. Seriously, that is waaaaay too affordable already, so please show some support by paying that entrance fee.

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Show #4

soia
No standalone poster for the Manila leg of SOIA’s Asian tour as of this writing. Will wait for further details and separately post all information about it once fully confirmed.

Headlining act from abroad: Sick of It All

Where are they currently based?

New York.

So who exactly are they?

Sick of It All (or SOIA, whichever you prefer) is composed of:

– Lou Koller, vocals

– Pete Koller, guitar

– Rich Cipriano, guitar

– Armand Majidi, drums

I have zero knowledge with regards to their music; what’s their sound like?

Zero knowledge, srsly?! Loljk…

Hardcore punk done the NYC way – faster, tougher, songs one can shout along to, none of that artsy-fartsy crap. That’s SOIA for you.

What stuff would you recommend for a n00b like me?

With 9 full-length albums, a compilation album of early material and another one containing B-sides, rarities and covers, how would one even take the time to sift through it all (pun slightly intentional)?

I strongly suggest starting with the first five albums that were very much responsible for placing SOIA as one of the most relevant figures of the New York hardcore scene (practically so that Sick of It All SHOULD always get mentioned whenever NYHC is being discussed). In order:

– “Blood, Sweat and No Tears” (In-Effect, 1989)

– “Just Look Around” (Relativity, 1992)

– “Scratch the Surface” (EastWest Records America, 1994)

– “Built to Last” (Elektra, 1997)

– “Call to Arms” (Fat Wreck Chords, 1999)

Anything else I need to know about them?

Lou Koller had done guest vocals in a number of hardcore songs, the ones on top of my head right now as having the most recall being CIV’s “Can’t Wait One Minute More” and more recently, “Lost in a World” by Hong Kong hardcore band King Ly Chee who will co-headline SOIA’s visit to Manila after their successful show also in this country back in November .

Lou Koller also had a side project called Blood from the Soul where he partnered with Napalm Death guitarist Shane Embury and Mirai Kawashima of Japanese avant-garde metal band Sigh as an attempt to combine hardcore and industrial music (without sounding like a cheap clone of Atari Teenage Riot, of course). That said project only had one full-length called “To Spite the Gland That Breeds” (Earache Records, 1993).

When will their visit to Manila be?

September 27, 2015 which falls on a Sunday. No word yet as to if this show would end early since Monday means back to the daily grind as usual.

Where will their show be held?

Still waiting though as of this writing for any official announcement regarding the complete details of SOIA’s Manila tour. Would most likely be making a completely separate post about this once all necessary information come in.

How much do I pay to get in?

See above.

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