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Intro of sorts, this blog is just a look at the past, present & future of the assorted music released by bands & artists in the Philippines & the numerous ones based outside the motherland...from Rock, Reggae, Alternative, Folk, Indiepop, Electronica, New Wave, Goth, Punk, etc. Well, some did ask me, why do I have to call it POP...'my music is this and that and it's anything but' you might say...well, click here for the reason. Anyway, turn up the volume!

Monday, May 01, 2006

The Dawn...Rising...

In 1987, The Dawn released their self titled debut album at the height of the local new wave scene in Manila transforming them from underground favourites to mainstream rock band, selling out venue after venue, from small clubs to big arenas.
The band started out as a trio in 1986 and after a personnel change and getting a singer and new bassist, they finally came out with their classic line up of Jett Pangan (Vocals), the late, great Teddy Diaz (guitars), JB Leonor (drums) and Carlos Barcells (Bass).

One of the concerts that I remember was their performance at Concert at The Park which was televised in a local TV channel. The band was just in their 1st or 2nd year yet you can see that the crowd that was watching them were a mixture of both young and old, from different backgrounds, all enjoying the original new music that they were performing.

By now the band has a long history of revolving members and a number of albums and hits through the years and 2006 actually marks the band's 20th year in the Philippine music scene, but with their debut album, they brought in a fresh air of original new music on a rather stale scene peppered with a lot of ballads and easy listening music on the radio.

The Dawn - The Dawn
(LP/OctoArts International/ORI-778/1987/PH)


Side One
1. Enveloped Ideas
2. Dreams
3. Give Me The Night
4. Living Seed

Side Two
5. Sing Me (A New Song)
6. Mad Game
7. Behind Shadows
8. Susi


At May 02, 2006 1:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm not sure, but you might be interested in my band, Apple Orchard. We're based in California now but we used to play gigs in Manila (We're members of other Pinoy bands like Sonnet LVIII, Sodajerk, Carnival Park, Dorian Of Juniper Bells, Soft Pillow Kisses). For more info, you can check out our myspace here: http://www.myspace.com/appleorchard

And our website: http://www.appleorchardpop.tk


At May 04, 2006 1:30 PM, Blogger ourpeboritp!o!p! said...

Dale (and Ryan), I actually have most of your recorded output! great stuff!
I will actually be posting some stuff about Apple Orchard soon...any news on the Sonnet LVII album?
give us a shout sometimes and email (or preferably snail mail) us some news (and history of the band)..or an advance copy of the album will be better!
Is it still under Alison Records in Germany?
thanks for dropping by!

At May 04, 2006 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! I'm working on the Sonnet LVIII album right now. I still don't have an ETA but soon, most definitely. Will sure to send you something once it's all done.

Also, we're planning on releasing a compilation under our very own label, Haymarket Recordings and will feature a couple of Pinoy bands, our very own Apple Orchard, Soft Pillow Kisses, Fantasy Lights and a side-project of Bloomfields' Jay Jay, unnamed as of this time.

At July 17, 2006 4:13 PM, Anonymous volume-addict said...

What I remember most about that band was when they were on TV and played the same bill with Juan Miguel Salvador's Rage. At the time, I think Rage was performing their last concert and then were collectively moving to the US to try and make it big out there. Rage played their uninspiring set peppered with lots of butt-rock covers from Van Halen and the like.

I was impressed with The Dawn and came across them for the first time. They played one song after another with the enthusiasm of tweakers on speed. I was awestruck at Teddy Diaz's mastery of the guitar and his outlandish looks. The realm of possibility just got wider as the band found common ground by mixing their disparate influences in jazz (Kaloy), prog rock a-la Rush (JB), arena rock U2-style (Jett), and Zep-esque virtuoso guitar rock (Teddy). They made mincemeat out of Rage.

The guys at my school thought I was crazy the next day for even liking the band the next day. Blahblah-herippedoffjimmypagewiththebowthing-blahblah...There was also some hate for their pretentious-looking photoshoots, that Jett looked like he was aping Bono. That didn't stop me from admiring this group though.


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