Hello! We have a lot of great news to report since our last update. First, we welcome guitarist Venj Gatmaitan to the band! He is a very talented musician and we are very happy for him to join us! This decision came shortly after our first comeback gig at 70s Bistro last December 10 where we invited him to session for us on lead guitars.
Incidentally, Venj happens to be one of the collaborators in my solo project Dragonfly Collector where he did excellent work on electric and upright bass guitars on all the recorded tracks. You will soon hear his contribution to The Camerawalls in the new single we are working on.
We are hitting the studio this week to record a brand new single with the working title “Boys In The Backroom.” Expect it to drop sometime on February with a grittier sound and approach to songwriting.
From L-R: Bach Rudica, Venj Gatmaitan, Clementine, Law Santiago. Photo by Angelo Maniquis. Clothing by Loyal.
In the meantime, you can still purchase discounted early bird tickets online to our first major concert at the Music Museum on March 15 entitled “Above The Weather” by following this link: http://thecamerawalls.eventbrite.com
Thank you for taking your valuable time to visit and read our news. If you don’t mind, please share with your friends. From Law, Bach, Venj and yours truly, have a great day!
And so it happened. It was partly intimate, partly nostalgic. It also felt like the four-year inactivity never happened. A little rusty yes, but nothing a few immersion in our rehearsal space can't fix. But most importantly, we had fun. Seeing old friends/fans (some of them flew to Manila), brother bands who supported, meant a lot to us. We played to a full house despite the busy December weekend. And we debuted a new guitarist (who is actually the bassist of Dragonfly Collector) to back us up, after learning my guitar stylings as well as that of Johnny Marr's with only a few weeks notice. It was indeed a wonderful evening and we are really glad to be back.
A couple of weeks after our Southeast Asian Tour in August 2012, we decided to cool-off from months of promotion and gigs that burnt-out all of us. Personally, the only time I don't consider being in a band as work is when we are creating and recording new music. It never fails to excite me. Gigging on the other hand is different, sometimes tiring, sometimes disappointing. Being an indie band in the ever-changing music industry landscape is very challenging. So I took my leave and went on a five-month vacation in the US to rest and contemplate. I encouraged my band mates to focus on their work, family and other interests.
The challege of scheduling an outdoor pictorial is the hope for a favorable weather. Unfortunately, during our sailboat shoot at the Manila Yacht Club, it rained almost non-stop the whole day.
We neither have the time nor the luxury to re-schedule so together with the photographers and the production team, we tried our luck. It was nearing dusk when the heavy rain tamed into a drizzle. We were able to get some fairly decent shots. You can check them out at the photo section of our site.
Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of witnessing a very successful initial relief drive of DAKILA and Ride & Rock Relief for immediate support of families affected by the Habagat victims. They were able to send a total of 490 family packs of food and clothes and raised P45,000 in cash! The money will be spent on medicines and other necessities of affected families. The relief goods were delivered to the flood victims of the monsoon rains in Cainta, Angono and Marikina.