Bamboo (band)

Bamboo was a Filipino alternative rock band formed in 2003 by lead vocalist Bamboo Mañalac, bassist Nathan Azarcon, lead and rhythm guitarist Ira Cruz and drummer Vic Mercado.

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Bamboo during a live performance. From left: Bassist Nathan Azarcon, vocalist Bamboo Mañalac, and drummer Vic Mercado.
Bamboo during a live performance. From left: Bassist Nathan Azarcon, vocalist Bamboo Mañalac, and drummer Vic Mercado.
Background information
OriginMetro Manila, Philippines
Genres
Years active2003–2011
LabelsEMI/PolyEast
Associated acts
Websitebamboo.com.ph
Members

Band originEdit

Francisco "Bamboo" Mañalac serves as the band's frontman. Ira Cruz, the band's guitarist claimed that the name of the band was not just derived from their vocalist's name but also from the word bamboo, the characteristics of which are associated with strength and durability with an island feel to it.[1] Also, it's very Filipino and Asian at the same time.

Two of its members, Bamboo Mañalac and Nathan Azarcon, were formerly part of Rivermaya. The other two members, Ira Cruz and Vic Mercado, were former instrumentalists of another band, Passage. Cruz and Azarcon were also former members of the band Kapatid during that time.[2]

Four years after their departure from Rivermaya, Mañalac and Azarcon caught up again with each other, during which Azarcon introduced him to Cruz and Mercado.

Music careerEdit

 
Lead guitarist Ira Cruz

Bamboo's debut album, As The Music Plays, was released in February 2004 where it received positive response from fans and critics alike. The album also won numerous awards at the AWIT Awards, NU 107 Rock Awards, and MTV Pilipinas 2004.

Their second album, Light Peace Love, which was released in 2005, consists of ten songs with differing moods and subjects, and took only 3 months to record. This album has a softer sound with both its lyrics and delivery. For this album, the band added more strings and a variety of other instruments, including trumpets. The band admitted that this album had a personal feel to it. They experimented with several new styles that may please new listeners, at the risk of disappointing fans of the more conventional rock of their first album.

Their third album, We Stand Alone Together, was released in 2007. It contains covers of local songs such as Buklod's "Tatsulok" and international songs such as Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", from different generations. It also includes bonus tracks like unplugged versions of their hit songs from previous albums such as "Mr. Clay", "These Days", and "Hallelujah". Once again, opting to do away with the conventional rock image that was attached to them, they produced sounds which were more jazzy than expected.

Star Records—backed up by ABS-CBN TV Production and MYX—produced and created the official soundtrack for the tele-epiko "Rounin", wherein the title track "Argos" was performed by Bamboo. A new avenue was opened to the band, as "Argos" is said to be the band’s first venture to record a song for a primetime television show. It is also the first time for the multi-awarded band and Star Records to work together.[3]

The band was also part of the "Days of Peace" Campaign by UNICEF with Gary Valenciano.[4] The band's fourth album, Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday achieved platinum status on September 28, 2008 - just two days after its release.

MembersEdit

Break-upEdit

News circulated on January 9, 2011 that Bamboo had "allegedly disbanded". DJ KC Montero of Wave 89.1 confirmed the breakup on Wave's The KC Show[5] and via Twitter. Montero clarified that all the members of the band "have decided to move on," and that he does not know why they called it quits. The group has not released an official statement on the issue, according to ABS-CBNNews.com.[6] On January 11, 2011, Bamboo's lead vocalist Francisco "Bamboo" Mañalac finally confirmed the breakup of his band in an official statement posted on the group's website.[7]

AftermathEdit

A few months after the band disbanded, the group reformed without the vocalist (Bamboo Mañalac) and formed the band Hijo composed of Nathan Azarcon (vocals & bass), Ira Cruz (guitar), Vic Mercado (drums), Junji Lerma of Wahijuara (guitar) and Jay-O Orduña of Cauio (keyboards and backing vocals).

The band's frontman Bamboo Mañalac pursued a solo career and released his first album as a solo artist in November 2011.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

CompilationsEdit

  • Full Volume:The Best Of Pinoy Alternative (2005 Polyeast Records)
includes As The Music Plays (Jam Version)
  • Rounin OST (2007 Star Music) :includes Argos
  • Astig...The Biggest OPM Hits (2008 Universal Records)
  • Platinum Hits Collection (2011 Polyeast Records)

SinglesEdit

Year Single Album
2004 Noypi As the Music Plays
Mr. Clay
Masaya
2005 Hallelujah Light Peace Love
F.U.
Much Has Been Said
Truth
Peace Man
2006 Argos Rounin OST
2007 Tatsulok We Stand Alone Together
Probinsyana
So Far Away
2008 Kailan Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday
2009 Last Days on a Cruise Ship
Muli
2010 Kalayaan
Bagong Sigaw
2012 Questions No Water, No Moon
Is This Love
Carousel
2015 Nothing Like You Bless This Mess
Fire

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
2003 NU Rock Awards Guitarist of the Year (for Ira Cruz) Won
2004 89.9 TM Year End Awards Song of the Year "Masaya" Won
New Local Artist N/A Won
93.1 RX Year End Awards Song of the Year "Noypi" Won
New Local Artist of the Year N/A Won
Group of the Year N/A Won
MTV Pilipinas Music Awards Favorite New Artist in a Video "Noypi" Won
Favorite Song "Noypi" Won
Favorite Group Video "Noypi" Won
Guitarist of the Year (for Ira Cruz) Won
NU Rock Awards Artist of the Year N/A Won
Song of the Year "Noypi" Won
Vocalist of the Year (for Bamboo Mañalac) Won
Drummer of the Year (for Vic Mercado) Won
Listener's Choice N/A Won
2005 89.9 TM Year End Awards Song of the Year "Noypi" Won
Awit Awards Best Performance by a New Group Recording Artist "Noypi" Won
Best Rock Recording "Noypi" Won
People's Choice Favorite Song "Noypi" Won
MTV Pilipinas Music Awards MTV Ayos! Best Commercial Video "Fiestamazing" Won
Favorite Group Video "Masaya" Nominated
NU Rock Awards Album of the Year "Light Peace Love" Won
Vocalist of the Year (for Bamboo Mañalac) Won
Listener's Choice N/A Won
Guitarist of the Year (for Ira Cruz) Nominated
Bassist of the Year (for Nathan Azarcon) Nominated
Drummer of the Year (for Vic Mercado) Nominated
Best Live Act N/A Nominated
Song of the Year "Hallelujah" Nominated
Best Male Award (for Bamboo Mañalac) Nominated
Artist of the Year N/A Nominated
Music Video of the Year "Hallelujah" Nominated
SOP Music Awards Strictly Alternative "Hallelujah" Won
2006 Aliw Awards Most Promising Entertainer N/A Won
Best Major Concert(Group) N/A Won
Awit Awards Best Performance by a New Group Recording Artist "Hallelujah" Won
Album of the Year "Light Peace Love" Won
Song of the Year "Hallelujah" Won
Best Ballad Recording "Much Has Been Said" Won
Best Rock Recording "Hallelujah" Won
Peolpe's Choice Favorite Song "Hallelujah" Won
MTV Pilipinas Music Awards Best Cinematography in a Video "Much Has Been Said" Won[8]
Favorite Group Video "Much Has Been Said" Nominated
Favorite Pop Video "Much Has Been Said" Nominated
Best Production in a Video "Much Has Been Said" Nominated
MYX Music Awards Favorite Artist N/A Nominated[9]
Favorite Song "Hallelujah" Nominated[9]
Favorite Group N/A Nominated[9]
Favorite Rock Video "Hallelujah" Nominated[9]
Favorite MYX Live Performance N/A Nominated[9]
NU Rock Awards Best Male Award (for Bamboo Mañalac) Nominated[10]
SOP Pasiklaband Best Rock Band N/A Won
Vocalist of the Year (for Bamboo Mañalac) Won
The 2bU! Click Awards Most Clickable Band N/A Won
2007 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Popular Recording Group N/A Won
NU Rock Awards Artist of the Year N/A Won[11]
Guitarist of the Year (for Ira Cruz) Won[11]
Bassist of the Year (for Nathan Azarcon) Won[11]
Drummer of the Year (for Vic Mercado) Won[11]
Listener's Choice N/A Won[11]
Best Live Act N/A Won[11]
Vocalist of the Year (for Bamboo Mañalac) Nominated[12]
Song of the Year "Tatsulok" Nominated[12]
Album of the Year "We Stand Alone Together" Nominated[12]
Producer of the Year with Angee Rozul for "We Stand Alone Together" Nominated[12]
Best Music Video "Probinsyana" Nominated[12]
2008 Awit Awards Best Rock Recording "Tatsulok" Won
Best Performance by a Group Recording Artist (Performance Award) "Tatsulok" Won
Best Musical Arrangement "Probinsyana" Won
Best Engineered Recording "Probinsyana" Won
Music Video of the Year "Probinsyana" Won
Best Performance by a Group Recording Artist (Performance Award) "Argos" Nominated
Best Performance by a Group Recording Artist (People's Choice Award) "Argos" Nominated
"Tatsulok" Nominated
Best Rock Recording "Argos" Nominated
Best Rock Recording "Probinsyana" Nominated
Best Song Written for Movie/TV/Stage Play "Argos" (from Rounin) Nominated
Music Video of the Year "So Far Away" Nominated
Music Video of the Year (People's Choice Award) "Probinsyana" Nominated
Music Video of the Year (People's Choice Award) "So Far Away" Nominated
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Popular Recording Group N/A Won
MYX Music Awards Favorite Music Video "Probinsyana" Nominated[13]
Favorite Group N/A Nominated[13]
Favorite Remake "Tatsulok" Nominated[13]
Favorite Rock Video "Tatsulok" Nominated[13]
2009 NU Rock Awards Music Video of the Year "Last Days on a Cruise Ship" Won[14]
Philippine Radio Music Awards International Artist N/A Won
2010 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Group Recording Artist/Performer of the Year N/A Won

Other mediaEdit

Commercial EndorsementsEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ "Parokya, Bamboo to rock NJ, NY this weekend". GMANews.TV. GMA Network Inc. 2007-03-23. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
  2. ^ Gil, Baby A. (2007-08-10). "Bamboo goes on tour". ABS-CBN News Online. ABS-CBN Interactive.
  3. ^ Glorioso, Bot (2007-04-19). "The sound of Rounin". The Philippine Star via ABS-CBN News Online. ABS-CBN Interactive. Retrieved 2008-06-17.[dead link]
  4. ^ Ayson, Jim (2007-04-19). "Days of Peace: Gary Valenciano and Bamboo sign up for UNICEF campaign". Philmusic.com. Archived from the original on 24 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-30.
  5. ^ Concepcion, Pocholo (12 January 2011). "Rock band Bamboo disbands". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Bamboo reportedly disbands". yahoo.com.ph. 2011-01-11. Archived from the original on 2011-01-14. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 16, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Bamboo's breakup confirmed by an official statement
  8. ^ All in the Family: The MTV Pilipinas Video Music Awards 2006 Winners,[dead link] "TitikPilipino.com", Retrieved 2008-01-29
  9. ^ a b c d e Baby A. Gil (May 1, 2006). "List of 1st MYX Music Awards nominees". PhilStar. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  10. ^ Gil, Baby A. (November 24, 2006). "NU 107 Rock Awards nominees". PhilStar.com. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "NU Rock Awards 2007 winners". Thoughts in Binary. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  12. ^ a b c d e "And the nominees are ..." Inquirer.net. 2007-11-26. Archived from the original on 2008-02-02. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
  13. ^ a b c d Jocelyn Dimaculangan (February 18, 2008). "Third MYX Music Awards to be held on March 26". PEP.ph. Retrieved September 26, 2020.
  14. ^ Sisante, Jam (October 31, 2009). "Up Dharma Down, FrancisM tribute rule NU 107 Rock Awards". GMA News Online. Retrieved November 28, 2018.

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