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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!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

It's a Sweet Twee-ng with Spring Boutique!

The 4 songs in this EP mixes classic semi-jangly guitars, melodic girl vox and upbeat indiepop instrumentations (try doing your best uber cool pap-parara-pap-paps while listening!!)....the songs are reminiscent of Swedish Pop bands like Club 8, The Charade or Acid House Kings and a touch of bossa nova and 60s pop influences. This CDR-EP, entitled "It's A Sweet Thing!", was released by U.S. based Indiepop label, Shelflife Records back in 2003 and was part of Shelflife's CDR Series (all releases were limited to 100 copies only) and quickly sold out. Although this DIY CD-R was limited, I still see a lot of indiepop kids around the world via blogs or forums (from Japan, Sweden, UK, US, Germany, etc.) who has Spring Boutique songs in their set list and song recommendations. That goes to show the power of the internet...keeping songs alive even if it's been out of print for a few years.
Spring Boutique hails from Manila and Bulacan and is made up of Anthony "Antz" Agarpao on guitars, Precious Agarpao (guitars), Lorelie "Lei" Landavora on vocals (pre-Under Shooting Stars), Basil James Silva on drums and Caleb Domingo on bass. They used to be called Creamy Bicycle around 2000 but changed their name after releasing their debut album via Philippine indiepop label, Dorothy and later on via the Japanese label Quince Records. The band has been on hiatus for several years but they have recently re-emerged and have been playing some udnerground gigs in and around Metro Manila although this time with a totally different line-up with only Antz remaining from the original members. Email the band here for more info.



one of the different DIY covers
of the EP...











Spring Boutique - It's A Sweet Thing!
(CDR-EP / 2003 / Shelflife Records / CD-R Series #9 / Ltd. Ed. 100 Pcs./US)

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1. I Thank You
2.
So Twee
3. Your Lips + My Lips
4.
Happy Song




5 Comments:

At August 30, 2006 1:42 PM, Anonymous antonette said...

have you seen the new line up of spring boutique? i heard they are writing new songs. :)

 
At September 01, 2006 6:41 PM, Anonymous volume-addict said...

You rock!

I was worried for a bit that you hadn't updated your blog in a while. These chunks or sonic goodness are great pick-me-ups for the day.

 
At September 01, 2006 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i miss spring boutique. summer valentine!

- akang

 
At September 04, 2006 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

found their old video for "Fall For Colours" here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWYemfDZdUo

 
At November 01, 2006 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spring Boutique is a great indiepop band!

I wonder if they have gigs though.. it would be interesting to see them perform live :)

 

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