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Pitik To Release a Music Video For Their Latest Single

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The 4-piece independent rock band Pitik have been together since 2004. They play rock music with an emphasis on melody and dynamics. With one album under their belt, and a whole lot of history, the band is back with a new single and a new music video.

“It Can’t Be Me”, the band’s new single, is a perfect example of melodic rock music done right. Produced by Monty Macalino, who also produced Pitik’s self-titled album, the song packs a powerful punch with its well thought out arrangement. If you listen to the songs closely, they are not your run of the mill rock songs: the guitars sound heavy but not heavy enough to drown out the pulsating bass, the lead guitar lines and the presence of the piano and synthesizer. Also, the way the vocals are buried in the mix gives the song a dreamy quality.

The band has clearly matured since the release of their full-length album. While showing promise, the self-titled album saw Pitik finding their identity as a band. With the new single, they are clearly doing something right, and this is a good indication of what we should expect from this band. They are a group of people who embrace progression, and with every release it’s clear that they don’t want to repeat what they did in the past. That is the mark of a creative band.

Splintr got the chance to talk to Pitik’s vocalist/guitarist Jio Clavano and we have managed to gain insight into the band’s creative process.


Paramita To Perform at Tomorrow’s “Jam Sessions”

Saturday, February 18th, 2012


If there’s one thing that can be said about Filipino bands is that they are hardworking. The case is especially true for Paramita, probably one of the hardest working bands in the Philippine music scene today. This much-loved band comprised of Ria Bautista, Marco de Leon, and Alsey Cortez seem to have tapped into the ether with their infectious hooks and interesting dynamics. They have a bunch of shows lined up on their Facebook page, so feel free to check them out at these shows when you can.

But if you’re one of those people who are not able to catch bands whenever they perform live, well The JD Set Philippines and Jam 88.3 have done you a really huge favor by inviting none other than Paramita to perform an exclusive on-air set. Be sure to tune in to Jam 88.3 for Jam Sessions tomorrow at 7:00 PM and listen as Paramita ends Valentines week not with a whimper, but with a bang… and some kick-ass rock music.


Deftones Concert Venue Guidelines

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Hello Deftones fans!

As the Deftones concert comes closer and closer, we can feel the electric excitement fill the air. Since it’s so close, we thought it’d be best to establish some concert venue guidelines:

1. All mobile phones must be turned to silent mode once show starts.

2. No professional cameras (with long lenses, flash, etc.) or any recording equipment,
whether audio or video, are allowed inside the concert halls.

3. No laptops or any computer equipment are allowed inside the concert halls.

4. Strictly no smoking inside the concert halls and at the venue lobby.

5. Knives, guns, any other firearm, candles, explosives, lighters, sharp objects and the
like will be confiscated and turned over to local police. Persons found to be carrying
such items will also be turned over to local police accordingly.

6. Drugs are strictly prohibited.

7. You may not bring your own food and drinks inside the concert halls.

8. Please avoid bringing in large or bulky hand-carry bags inside the concert halls. The
management of the venue and the concert promoter will not be liable for any loss or

9. Large chains, spike bracelets, wallet chains and large metal buckets are not allowed
inside the concert halls.

10. Audience are not allowed to bring in any type of chairs inside the concert halls.

11. Children below 4 feet are strictly not allowed inside the concert halls. Security
personnel have full discretion to check IDs.

12. Pregnant women should sign a waiver prior to entry.

13. Security personnel have full discretion to check/question any person/persons
exhibiting suspicious behavior or carrying suspicious looking items/baggage. All bags
will be subject for inspection.

14. Security personnel have full discretion to detain, question and turn over to local
police anyone exhibiting suspicious and/or violent behavior.

15. Security personnel have full discretion to enforce the above guidelines and to call the
attention of any person/persons who do not comply.

Deftones are watching you

All rules are there for a reason! If we follow them all, no one gets hassled and everyone can enjoy the full force awesomeness of the Deftones Diamond Eyes Tour!

Also, the MOA Pyro-Olympics (Pyrolympics?) are happening on the same day so we strongly urge you guys to come early to avoid the traffic!

Thank you guys for your cooperaton!

Meet the Top 14!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Check it out, Splintr people. The final fourteen of the JD Set have been picked! The best underground rock bands are set to blow your minds! Here are the details:

FINALLY your favorite underground bands rock it out in a live performance for the Jack Daniel’s The JD Set event. Experience The JD Set on Friday, February 4, 10PM at B-Side, The Collective, Malugay Street, Makati. See your favorite bands get plugged in for the 1st of a series of events for Jack Daniel’s The JD Set.

The fourteen bands that made it this far are, Assembly Language, Blackmanika, Blue Boy Bites Back, Cosmic Love, Freia, Fade into Oblivion, Jack VS the Crab, Kelevra, Mr. Bones & the Boneyard Circus, Paramita, Playphonics, Paranoid City, Stories of Now and Thy Holy Water. Be there to experience the best of underground music. Gear up and get plugged in The JD Set!

Experience The Jack Daniel’s The JD Set Live!

Fourteen of today’s best underground bands
Rocking it out for the first time
February 4, 10PM, B-Side, Makati

If you miss this event, you’d seriously be missing out. Feb. 4, 2010 is going to be EPIC!


Collectively Known as Deftones

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

I’m sure Deftones fans all over the world have memorized their songs, collected all their albums and have rocked out to their concert. But do you really know the people that make up this amazing rock act?

Chino Moreno

Chino Moreno, whose full name is Camillo Wong Moreno, was born on June 20, 1973 and is 1/4 Chinese and 1/4 spanish. He is the front man and contributing guitarist of Deftones and is famous for his soothing tenor voice which makes their songs distinct to the public. Chino has been known to compose songs centering on social issues (racism, prostitution, urban violence, and drugs) though it appears to be vague and cryptic. Moreno also experienced a throat injury in 2001 due to heavy screaming which caused the cancellation of a lot of their shows during that period. He also has a side project called Team Sleep which has released two albums to date.

Stephen Carpenter

Stephen Carpenter was born in August 3, 1970 in Sacramento, California. He is the co-founder and lead guitarist whose technique makes use of both ringing open strings and dissonant chord voicings, as well as stock power chords in polyrhythms. His biggest influences are the Fear Factory and Meshuggah. Carpenter went to high school with band mates Chino Moreno and Abe Cunningham and started playing regularly in Carpenter’s garage in 1988. Their recording of Saturday Night Wrist was put on hold due to his disagreements with Moreno over the sound of the said album.

Abe Cunningham

Abe Cunningham was born July 27, 1973 and is the drummer of the Deftones known for his use of ghost notes and other technical drumming techniques. He started drumming in his early teens for his band Phallucy. His musical influences include Stewart Copeland, Ginger Baker and Mitch Mitchell. Cunningham has been featured in various ads for Tama and Zildjian and is the endorsee of Pro-Mark drumsticks.

Frank Delgado

Frank Delgado was born on November 29, 1970 in Los Angeles, California and plays the turntables, keyboards and sampler. He was formally part of the band before the release of White Pony. Delgado rarely uses traditional scratching and focuses more on using turntables as a sampler to integrate subtle sounds and textures into the music similar to electronic music from the 50′s. Good examples of Delgado’s inventive touch include “MX” from Around the Fur, and “Digital Bath” from White Pony.

Chi Cheng

Chi Cheng, born on July 15, 1970 in Stockton, California, is the bassist for the American rock band Deftones. Although he is currently replaced by friend Sergio Vega (Quicksand’s former bassist) while he is still in a semi-coma brought by a car accident in 2008. As of last year, he has shown signs of improvement by worded responses and hand movements.

Sergio Vega is the former bassist of the band Quicksand and is now a sessionist and touring member for Deftones, temporarily replacing Chi Cheng. Vega plays the bass using a pick. His first album with Deftones is Diamond Eyes in 2010.

So if you’re looking forward to seeing them perform live, make sure to head over to and see how you could get tickets. The Diamond Eyes Tour is being brought to you by and Dickies!

Deftones: A History

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Before we bask in the awesomeness that is the Deftones coming here to Manila (brought to us by and Dickies), let us first take a look back (a quick one at that since we cannot really go through all 23 legendary years) on how the Deftones got to where they are right now. They are currently on top of the world. Not bad for a band who started having jam sessions at Carpenter’s garage, back when they were still in high school.


The name “Deftones” was created by Carpenter who wanted to pick, “…something that would just stand out but you know, not be all cheese-ball at the same time.”

It was a combination of the hip hop slang term “def”, and the suffix “-tones”, which was a popular suffix among 50s bands. The band wanted a name that was as vague as possible so as to show the band’s tendency to not stick to just one style of music. In a span of 23 years, they have released six albums all in all, each one varying in style and execution, you’d think it was a different band. The first two albums which reached Platinum (Adrenaline, White Pony) and two Gold certifications (Around the Fur, Deftones), Saturday Night Wrist from 2006 and their most recent, Diamond Eyes in the spring of 2010. Their first charting singles were “My Own Summer (Shove It)” and “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away),” both from the White Pony album.

Come 2008, the Deftones faced a big ordeal in their career when bassist Cheng was involved in a traumatic car accident in Santa Clara, California, causing serious injuries and trauma. The band’s supposed sixth album “Eros” did not push through. As posted on their blog, “… as we neared completion on Eros, we realized that this record doesn’t best encompass and represent who we are currently as people and as musicians. And although those songs will see the light of day at some point, we collectively made the decision that we needed to take a new approach, and with Chi’s condition heavy on our minds while doing so. We needed to return to the studio to do what we felt was right artistically.”


For the release of their sixth album, “Diamond eyes,” Cheng was replaced by Former Quicksand bassist, Sergio Vega. This album has proven that no amount of tragedy can stop the Deftones from producing musical masterpieces for they are strong even in the face of trials.

From their early years back in 1988 to 1993, when all they did was play in random gigs across L.A., to their first album in 1994 (Adrenaline), until the said album reach platinum in 1998, the Deftones were still the same guys from California who just wanted to make music while retaining their honesty and integrity. No rockstar attitude for these guys, which is why we are not surprised that they are still, and will continue, to be the best at what they do.


Thursday, December 16th, 2010

In town for post-holiday rock shows to shake you out of your stupor is the Southern California-based band 3 Headed Dog. 3 Headed Dog is composed of none other than vocalist/guitarist David Aguirre (Razorback), drummer Wolf Gemora (Wolfgang) and bassist Danny Gonzalez. The trio were previously in the Philippines over the end of 2006 and early 2007 as part of Lokomotiv. The 3HD sound is classic hard rock with old-school punk rock thrown in. Shades of heavy metal and garage rock are added to the mix for good measure.

Catch them and listen to their new material—this is truly a sweet treat for local rock music fans and aficionados. Special guest bands joining them throughout the tour are Kastigo, Reklamo, Hilera, AK-47 and Pandora, to name a few.


January 5 – SAZI’S BAR, Espana Blvd., Manila
January 7 – OBSIDIAN, Home Depot Complex, Julia Vargas Ave., Pasig
January 8 – STUDIO ONE, Baguio City
January 9 – AYUYANG BAR, Baguio City
January 14 – HANDLE BAR, Polaris St., Makati
January 15 – PENGUIN BAR, Vito Cruz Ave., Makati
January 20 – LX, Cebu City
January 21 – HANDURAW PIZZA, Cebu City
January 22 – THE OUTPOST, Cebu City
January 23 – FRONTERA GRILL, Zamboanga City
January 25 – BELA BAR, P. Guevara St., San Juan
January 26 – SAGUIJO, Guijo St., Bangkal, Makati
January 28 – CHECKPOINT, Dona Soledad Ave., Bicutan
January 29 – B-SIDE, Malugay St., Makati
February 1 – 19 EAST, Sucat, Paranaque

The “3 Headed Dog Tour ng Pilipinas sa 2011” was made possible by 1FiSH Productions, with the help of Rogue Magazine, JB Music, Tribal Gear, and


Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Haven’t heard of Deftones? That’s impossible.

EVERYBODY knows who the Deftones are. That’s how fucking amazing this band is. Ever since they were formed in 1988 in Sacramento, California, they haven’t stopped making and playing songs we fans like to call masterpieces.


The band consist of Chino Moreno on lead vocals and guitar, Stephen Carpenter on guitar, Chi Cheng on bass, Frank Delgado on keyboards and turntables, and Abe Cunningham on drums and percussion. To date, they have released SIX brilliant albums from Adrenaline (1994–1996), Around the Fur (1997–1999), White Pony (2000–2002), Deftones (2003–2005), Saturday Night Wrist (2006–2007), and the latest and most amazing yet, Diamond Eyes (2010–present).


The Deftones have always been loud and proud about their musical diversity. Some people describe them as alternative metal while some categorized them under experimental rock. Their diverse influences played a big part on their ever-changing sound (like Duran Duran, The Cure, Cocteau Twins, Sadu Adu and B-Real). They made it sure that they rarely sound the same to create diversity in their sound, for them and for their fans. Ang guess what? It totally works! After 22 years in the music scene, countless tours and six mind-blowing albums, the Deftones are here to stay.

And guess what, is bringing them here to the Philippines! They will be here LIVE in Manila at the World Trade Center on Febuary 12, 2010! Are you going? ARE YOU GOING!? You better.

Ready For The 2010 Red Horse MUZIKLABAN?!

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Only 79 days until the Red Horse Beer Muziklaban Rock Band Competition Grand Finals! Of course, before the Grand Finals is the Semi-Finals. Watch the Red Horse Beer Muziklaban Semi-finals on November 13, 2010 at Tarlac City Plazuela, Tarlac. With performances from Greyhoundz & Ibarra.


Red Horse Beer Muziklaban is famous for discovering the greatest musical acts in the local scene. It is the most awaited band competition in the whole country. Red Horse Beer Muziklaban discovered the likes of Fuseboxx (2003 winner), Mayonnaise (2004 winner) and Sunflower Day Camp (2005 winner). They have been providing grounds for the ultimate music showdown, showcasing the best from the local music scene and giving them the opportunity of a lifetime since it started in 1999. Red Horse Beer Muziklaban winners are given 1 million pesos, and a recording contract from Viva Philippines. Not bad for a competition sponsored by the ass kickingest beer in the country.



Aside from the usual band competition (or the Rock Challenge), Red Horse Beer Muziklaban also features other competitions such as a Tattoo Challenge (spearheaded by renowned Tattoo artist Ricky Sta. Ana), a Film Challenge (spearheaded by Film buff RA Rivera) and an Extreme Sports Challenge (spearheaded by BMX rider Armand Mariano). Everything that an adrenaline junkie needs is here at the Red Horse Beer Muziklaban 2010.

So what are you waiting for? Check the Red Horse Beer Muziklaban gig guide to catch a gig near you. Don’t forget the Grand Finals happening on January 2011. It’s going to be an event of epic proportions, as always!

Placebo and their Battle for the Sun

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Deemed as one of the world’s biggest alternative band, Placebo recently teamed up with Atticus Clothing for their newest track, Trigger Happy Hands. This will be available for digital download, and a Placebo shirt designed by the band and Paul Jackson from Atticus will also be available to Placebo fans.


Placebo was founded in 1994 by singer/guitarist Brian Molko and bassist Stefan Olsdal. They have been identified as a glam version of Nirvana. The band’s influence comprises of music legends such as David Bowie, Sonic Youth, The Pixies, Depeche Mode, and Nirvana.


Their latest album “Battle of the Sun”, which will be reissued this year, was recorded with their newest drummer, Steve Forrest. Battle of the Sun already went number one in 10 countries since its release. The new “Battle of the Sun” will include new tracks such as “Trigger Happy Hands” and “Bright lights”, as well as remastered versions of the album’s original tracks. The album, along with the PLACEBO T-shirt, will be packaged together in a Placebo-designed slip case. Truly a treat for hardcore Placebo fans everywhere!

And now, they’re the latest addition to’s ever growing list of artists. Watch Ashtray Heart, Never Ending Why and Trigger Happy Hands on now!