Finally! After three posts about Koreans, here’s a post that will actually talk about bands.
Aftermath: DWTM Friday Magic Madness party, Metrowalk, Ortigas – 29 April 2005
Featuring: The Dawn, Side A, True Faith and Mojofly.
Yup, you read that right.
First off, I didn’t actually see the entire show as I was busy meeting someone at Robinson’s Galleria (nope, not for a date, unfortunately. Darn it.). My band-stalking co-AFRMer Therese was already there at Metrowalk and she kept me updated at the goings-on thru text while I was at my meeting. I left Robinson’s as soon as she said Side A is already starting with their set (I didn’t care about Mojofly). I figured I only need a few minutes to get to Metrowalk, so I can still catch half of Side A’s set. Unfortunately, it’s my first time to go there commuting from Robinson’s so I got kinda lost and ended up literally walking an extra mile just to get to the correct side of Ortigas (this is one of those days when you just wanna kill Bayani Fernando for blocking off those places where people can usually freely cross the road). While looking for that darn pedestrian crossing, I can still hear Side A playing Tuloy Pa Rin Ako, so I guess I still have time to catch The Dawn’s set – which is the main reason I was there, in the first place. However, I got the shock of my life when I finally reached Metrowalk after less than 10 minutes and found Francis Bru setting up onstage while Naldy Gonzales of Side A is clearing up his stuff. In short, I’m just about a few seconds late. Later on, I found out from Therese that Side A only played 3 songs and packed up coz the keyboard isn’t working (which, much later on, I was told that that is not exactly the real story).
So anyway, here comes The Dawn onstage, and their first song is… I Will Follow by U2. At least they kept the 80’s theme. However, I found it odd that (1) they didn’t play songs like New Year’s Day and Pride, which are usual staples in their other gigs (in fact, they play Pride so often that I actually hate that song now. Hmm… I shouldn’t be complaining then. hehehe), and (2) they played songs from their latest album Harapin. Ok, fine, they have to promote, but, uh, guys… this is an 80’s-themed show. But then, since we consider Change is Breaking Us Apart as an 80’s-sounding song… I guess that’s ok.
On the technical side: ok, I’m keeping this real huh, and I guess I can say this upfront coz this is not The Dawn Community Forum anymore, this is MY blog, so… (why am I making excuses?? anyway…) I didn’t find their playing that night as GOOD. JB and Mon can’t seem to connect, and Francis, while I have a lot of respect for him as a guitar player, I have to say… he still can’t give justice to the Tulad ng Dati riff. Sure, he can do the riff, but he can’t PLAY it, ya know? Same thing goes to Love Will Set Us Free, nevermind that he set his sound to a crunchier tone (to make it sound more like… a Les Paul, maybe?). There’s just no ‘oomph’ to it. But then again, who am I to say these words, it’s not like I’m a guitar player myself… (insert *rolleyes” smiley here). Maybe Kiko, Mon and JBL just had an off night last Friday; who knows?
I still couldn’t get over the fact that they didn’t play Pride.
They did manage to collect a moshpit, though, so I guess it’s still a good gig. I guess I’m just too picky coz I’ve seen waay too many gigs that I can tell the difference between the good ones and the bad ones.
After The Dawn, True Faith came on. They did an all-80’s covers set, which, managed to drive the crowd into frenzy. But since I am particulary peeved at bands that have more than enough original hits to complete a full set but chose to do covers instead just to please the crowd, I must say I’m disappointed in True Faith that night. They didn’t play a single original song. Maybe it’s because… their album came out in the 90’s? Am I right?
Also, I’m disappointed that they played Bird’s Fly (Whisper To A Scream) without the trademark drum lines. That’s what made that song oh-so-cool, guys! (However, Therese later on informed me that True Faith has a new drummer; their old drummer can wing it [pun not intended]).
So all in all, did I enjoy this gig? A little bit. I’m an 80’s kid, and I really enjoyed looking back at my high school days when everything was simple and everyone was sporting gel or Aquanet on their hair. Also, I got to finally use my new camera on a gig. The results were generally good but I still have a lot of learning to do. Hopefully, The Dawn or KinkyHooters will have more gigs in the coming days so that I can road-test my new ‘toy’ some more.