Google the name EEVEE. What do you get? Is it a cute Pokemon character? Well, sure, it’s one of those. But Google some more and you get EEVEE - the rock band.
EEVEE admit that they got their moniker from a cute and fuzzy Pokemon monster. But then again, aren’t pocket monsters supposed to be bad-ass?
So do EEVEE.
All the way from Davao, the band’s members were just laid-back guys who dreamed of hitting the music scene in a big way. Although life is quaint in their hometown, EEVEE do not downplay the wonderful influence it has on them. ‘Our experiences in Davao made us more passionate in music here in Manila’, says Enzo Miguel Villegas (vocals, guitars). To complete EEVEE are Paolo Segura (lead guitars, backup vocals), Jerrick Sy (bass), and Craig John Neniel (drums).
The ticket to EEVEE ’s success? Joining Nescafe Soundskool and becoming its champs in 2009. If it weren’t for the free coffee, they wouldn’t have known their true music destiny.
In Boracay, EEVEE got to meet different renown bands and artists, even getting mentored by Pedicab, one of the bands of Eraserheads legend, Raimund Marasigan. By winning Soundskool, EEVEE proved to be ready to take on the music world and they did it with a bang with album ‘Paramdam’ — a compilation of all-original 11 tracks that showcase EEVEE’s musical sensibilities, it produced hits ‘Gusto Ko Lang Ng Girlfriend’, ‘Larawan,’ and the Myx Top 15 staple ‘Waiter’.
The Eraserheads connection doesn’t end at Soundskool. In fact, one of their producers in ‘Paramdam’ was Buddy Zabala, now of The Dawn. ‘It was a big honor working with Buddy… We’re glad he took the time to share with us his knowledge’, Enzo, chief songwriter says.
Now, EEVEE have another album titled ‘Playtime’ that was recorded at Sonic State Audio with Jonathan Ong and Robert Javier as producers and Tony Vinzons as sound engineer. The first single ‘Ang Sarap Maging Single’ is a pop rock ditty with witty remarks on the ups and downs of being a single guy. After the Soundskool competition win came the inspiration and it was written in the hotel room as they soaked in their success. ‘Playtime’ is under Sony Music Entertainment Philippines.
You shouldn’t go anywhere because EEVEE are hanging around to cater to our ears. ‘Our goals haven’t changed. When our songs come out, we want to be heard. We want to let everyone know that we are really passionate about music. EEVEE shall continue to rock, good times, bad times… in Bisaya we call it Padayon or Carry on!’ states Enzo.
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‘Letter’ because the messages of our songs are in a way, being ‘sent’ out. ‘Story’ because we write about people’s lives. ‘Day’ because the stories are usually based on day-to-day experiences.
That’s how up-and-coming pop rock band LETTER DAY STORY tells their -well- story. And like a book, theirs is just beginning and hopefully it’s filled with chapters with no end.
LETTER DAY STORY was formed by a group of Conservatory of Music grads from University of Sto. Tomas. Their classical training became the springboard to a whole new world of genres and gladly, they stuck to hardcore rock ‘n’ roll. LETTER DAY STORY or LDS are: Aldrick ‘Dex’ Yu (vocals), John Oliver ‘Oli’ Agustin (bass), Chrisanthony ‘Not’ Vinzons (guitars), and Emil Joseph ‘Ej’ Arabit (drums). As a young band, it was interesting to note that they were able to garner attention and even fans in such a short time with even shorter exposure. But all good things get better.
LDS joined Nescafe Soundskool and as one of the finalists, they showcased a grand-prize demeanor — well, they actually won! From there LDS wrote, recorded, and produced songs with confidence and the result was first album ‘Sama Sama’ under Sony Music Entertainment Philippines. ‘Sama Sama’ is an album they dub as the product of their ‘instinct and intellect’. ‘Sama Sama’ was recorded at rockin’ Sonic State Audio with producer Jonathan Ong helping them polish their unique sound.
Having been to the ringer just to achieve music success, LDS is truly learning the value of collaboration without discrimination. They’ve done it with Gloc-9 (‘Martilyo’), Yeng Constantino (‘Kung Maibabalik’), and Jaq Dionisio of band Kiss Jane (‘Isang Umaga’) — hopefully, the list will keep on getting longer.
To date, LETTER DAY STORY is enjoying a career boost from their hit track ‘Save Me’ (Listen here:
where he was roaming the streets, searching for his loved ones, but to no avail. Here was the world, ending, yet Oli is alone and all he wants is to be with people he loves the most. But even with such bleak origins, Oli is keeping positive. ‘In spite of the world nearing its end, even when everyone has left you… HOPE will guide you’.
Consider yourself ‘saved’ by LETTER DAY STORY — musically, anyway. Besides ‘Save Me’, their latest album ‘Breakaway’ is also chock full of beautiful tracks that deserve your attention: ‘Smile’, ‘Breakaway’, Ikaw at Ako’, Hinahanap’, and ‘The Hero Within’ — the last song having been featured on AXN Channel where LDS are ambassadors.
See, LETTER DAY STORY spin tales and they hope that you spin with them.
For booking inquiries please contact: Mario Joson: +63 9175204587 or Queenie Macahilig: +63 9178044940 or call at phone number +63 2 6363721.
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