Kala, one of rising bands of 2007, hooks up with WarRock to sing its official war cry. The band has just been signed up to sing the official theme song of WarRock, the new first-person shooter game developed by Amped Games.
The game's commercial launch last September 1 at Trinoma Mall became a gathering for gaming enthusiasts who were given the chance to try the new game WarRock for free by using the computer terminals set up at the Activity Center of the mall.
Gamers were also given the chance to show off their skills and rack up points to be part of the team to represent the Philippines in the world championship to be held in Korea this December.
The country's newest online first-person shooter game published by Amped Games saw it fit to use Kala's "Bakbakan Na," culled from the band's debut album Manila High. During the launch, dubbed as Amped Fest 2007, the band performed "Bakbakan Na" and gave their own rendition of VST's "Rock Baby Rock."
The band Kala was formed in 2005 by band members JP Tanchanco (guitars) and brother Brian Tanchanco (keys and synths), Raymond Daylo (drums), Lyle Pasco (bass) and Mike Grape (vocals). In 2006, they released the album Manila High under Sony BMG, which carries their first hit single "Jeepney" and "Bakbakan Na." The band's brand of music offers a mix of acid jazz, groove, OPM, and classic rock that is reminiscent of the '70s.
"Actually, 'Bakbakan Na' is really a fight song," explains JP Tanchanco, guitarist of Kala. "When we created [Bakbakan Na], it's the story of the fight scene. It's like our war song."
"We feel honored," says Brian Tanchanco, keys and synths of Kala, about their recent venture in the online gaming world. "We can now share that warcry with everyone."
JP also adds that what makes "Bakbakan Na" fit in WarRock even better is because it's basically a warcry; their warcry—their angst expressed in a harmonized song wherein the listener can feel the energy, but still stay calm and controlled.
Developed by Korean company Dream Execution Technology, WarRock is a fresh alternative to online games since it lets the players feel the adrenaline-pumping rush of modern-day warfare as they battle it out in land, air, and water (they also get to duke it out with tanks, planes, and motorbikes at their disposal!). Similar to Counter-Strike, the game offers a wider range of realistic weapons and battle modes.