A week after its release in May 2012, Star Records’ The Reunion: An Eraserheads Tribute Album immediately soared to Number 4 in the overall top-selling albums of Astroplus.
The album consists of 14 revivals of Eraserheads tracks including Callalily’s version of “Minsan,” Razorback and Gloc-9’s “Superproxy,” Jay Durias’ “Ang Huling El Bimbo,” Aiza Seguerra and Mike Villegas’ “With A Smile,” and YouTube sensation Johnoy Danao’s acoustic rendition of “Pare Ko.”
It also features the band 6Cyclemind, whose members eagerly talked about their participation in the project at the album’s press launch and listening session held on May 31 at the Skarlet Lounge in Quezon City.
Lead vocalist Tutti Caringal told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), “First of all, we feel very fortunate and happy na na-include kami sa album na ito.
“I mean, let’s face it, Eraserheads ‘to, e. Wala akong kilalang nag-banda na hindi na-impluwensiyahan ng ‘Heads, so we’re very happy to be included in the album.
“The fans and listeners can only expect the best dahil we have 14 tracks from the best musicians and bands and artists dito sa album na ‘to, kaya we’re really excited for this album.”
ON “ALAPAAP.” The band decided to revive the song “Alapaap,” which was part of the Eraserheads’ Circus album released in 1994.
This is the second time that 6Cyclemind created a cover of this particular song.
The first one they did was for another Eraserheads tribute album called Ultraelectromagneticjam! released in 2005.
Was there pressure on their part to come up with a new version of the iconic song?
“Well, meron din naman konti kasi people will tend to compare, e,” says Tutti.
“But you know, we try to give justice to the song and not really to alter it—iyong tipong hihimayin mo na talagang pag narinig mo, eh, ibang iba [sa original].
“So kami, halos dinidikit lang namin. We try to add our own flavor and so far okay naman iyong reviews pag nagco-cover kami ng songs.”
Bassist Bob Cañamo also added, “And siyempre, inisip namin number one, dapat ine-enjoy namin iyong paggawa ng kanta.
"Kasi iyong E-heads, e, alam mo sobrang in-enjoy lang nila iyong paggawa nila ng kanta; and they put so much time and thought para mabuo iyong mga kanta nila.”
GUEST VOCALIST AND VIOLINIST. Rhythm guitarist Rye Sarmiento told PEP.ph how they were approached by the album producers to work on the project.
“Well, since nga nagawa na rin namin iyong ‘Alapaap’ before kaya kami na rin iyong napili nila to do the song again.
“But inisip namin, ‘Paano kaya kung gagawan natin ng panibagong version?’
“So this time, sinama na namin si Eunice...Siya iyong nag-violin.”
Singer and all-around instrumentalist Eunice Jorge of up-and-coming band Gracenote gave the song a more soulful twist with her soothing vocals and smooth violin tracks.
During the interview, she expressed her gratitude to 6Cyclemind for giving her the opportunity to showcase her talent.
“Super! Super…wala, speechless ako. Sobrang cool kasi 6Cyclemind, siyempre, parang isa iyan sa pinakatinitingala namin na banda.
“Ako, as a new entry pa lang dito sa industry, parang sobrang I feel honored talaga to be part [of this project].
“Ang dami daming singers, ang daming musicians diyan, pero I feel very thankful to be chosen by these guys.
“They’re really cool. Sobrang ang gaan [ng trabaho] kasi they make me feel that I’m a part of the group hindi iyong parang, ‘Uy, bago ka lang dito.’”
She notes that she, too, was inspired by the songs of Eraserheads and that her favorite songs by the legendary band are “Ligaya” and “Ang Huling El Bimbo,” which are also included in The Reunion.
“Kung fan kayo ng E-heads at kung fan kayo ng OPM, dapat meron kayong kopya nitong The Reunion,” notes 6Cyclemind drummer Vic Aquino about the album.
ON OPM. Meanwhile, PEP also asked 6Cyclemind to share their thoughts on the ongoing issues faced by the local music industry.
In a previous interview with Organisasyon ng Musikerong Pilipino (OPM) president Ogie Alcasid, he said that the group is thinking of proposing a bill to increase taxes on shows featuring foreign acts.
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What does Tutti and his bandmates have to say about this?
“Well, tama. I mean, dapat mas sumuporta tayo sa OPM artists, but not necessarily doon sa [pagtaas] ng tax. Wala na tayong pakialam doon, e.
“Kumbaga, kung kaya natin magdala at mag-produce ng isang concert para sa foreign artist, dapat gano’n din kalaki ang ibigay natin na suporta sa local artists natin.
“Huwag na tayog lumayo. Sa radyo pa lang, sa mga radio stations, dapat palagi kayong nagpapatugtog ng OPM.
“Karamihan kasi ng mga stations lalo na sa FM puro na lang iba ibang foreign [songs].
“Dapat OPM kasi andito tayo sa Pilipinas. Dapat iyon ang namamayagpag na tunog,” says Tutti.
Herbert also chimed in and said, “Ako naman, personally, I disagree na kailangan pa nating gumawa ng batas para ibaba iyong ibang industry like the foreign [acts].
“Kailangan gumawa tayo ng paraan para i-angat iyong sariling standard natin, sariling quality or [mas isipin kung] paano natin masusuportahan iyong OPM; rather than isipin natin na ibaba natin or patayin natin iyong industriya na iyon.
“Kasi iyong mga iyon, iyong mga dinadala rito, influence din namin iyon, e. Mas nakakatulong din sa ’min sa industry iyon.
“And supposedly, hindi iyon competition. So ngayon, ang task natin is, ‘Paano natin bubuhayin iyong OPM?’
“And tingin ko, nakakatulong pa rin iyon kasi somehow nakakabuhay din ng dugo pag may mga foreign acts ditto. It’s still music, e.”
“If you think about it, kung papanoorin mo sila, grabe iyong production ibang klase. Tapos pag local artists ang nag-concert parang, ‘Ngek, bakit gano’n lang?’” adds Tutti.
“Kailangan itaas natin iyong quality ng local acts,” says Vic.
The band was also united in saying that our government should exert more effort to help save OPM, not just as a profitable industry but as part of our country’s culture.
“Definitely, music is art,” says Herbert.
“And culture natin iyan, e. Dapat tinututukan din ng government iyan dahil kultura natin yan. May sine-save tayo na kultura.
“Kaya nga pansinin niyo, noong time ng ‘90s may E-heads tayo. Ngayon, sino’ng E-heads natin ngayon? Wala ‘di ba? Kaya kailangan nating suportahan iyong OPM talaga.
“And ano rin, e, para mag-give way din sa mga bagong artists.
“Kailangan tutukan natin iyong mga bagong artists, kailangan patuloy nating suportahan ang OPM para iyong mga record companies [ganahan] pa rin na mag-invest at makapag-discover ng mga bagong talents.
“Kaya iyong mga ganitong project, itong The Reunion album, dapat suportahan hindi lang ng E-heads fans kundi iyong mga gustong sumagip sa OPM industry."