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can you see me
watching

- HELL LOOKS

i got daggers in
my eyes

20 May ' 98, 1320 Espaņa, Manila, Philippines.

I had my nourishment early. tho i wasn't that hungry, been sleeping all day, being da bum that i am. got to mayric's past 9. it's really amazing what da renovation had done to da place. it's bigger now, more seats & tables, wider space for them moshers, & slam dancers. we ordered beer & da all time favorite -- tokwa't baboy na tamang litson kawali ang yo-bab. there were still [like always] loads of girls....ye see them smiling dz time...gone are da days when they had to crowd da place, sweating it out with da punks[?], standing & getting moshed & touched unwantedly.....

on stage was a band called ' Driftwood ' [if i remember right], whose musical style runs da gamut. They did some tunes that kinda remind ye of ' Rizal Underground '. Then they did dz really fun number, that even brought out a good laff & enjoyment from Mon, a rap inspired song, it was really da high point of their set....*s

after a brief lull, & a couple rounds of beer. here comes da storm. they had their techies set up da stage & equipment, but unlike other ' popular ' bands they themselves did da tuning. from da tune piece they went directly to da opening assault, a classic...guitars wailing like hell in an extended version of ...hendrix' STONE FREE..father jimmy would hev been proud..then came that pinoy rock tune from da self titled 1st album....mga asong naloloko....HALIK NI HUDAS...great how Basti can carry da tagalog lyrics now,.....CENTER OF THE SUN....took us to a higher plain [or maybe it was da alcohol getting into da system]...with those divine words...lord of question, da ever trusted son, tho his body rests eternal one......for a second there i thought i saw Basti's halo glow......hehe...they maintained da equilibrium of holiness by doing da BEAST next....all over...hands in da air...kinda nice to see people [yep even da ladies] raise their horns....after rocking about da ' above ' & da ' bottom '....da middle's surely to follow...was thinking...owkay....give me da drag version...i haven't heard that for quite some time now...besides that version tends to lull ye to a high since Basti's vox floats & Wolf's drums carries it around da place...it's gonna be nice to hear how da new acoustics [egg trays on da ceiling] of da place affect & reflect da sound...ahhh....nahh...they went for da original version....fast & wild...loved it still....LEFT ALONE

owkay...let's stop for a while.....da guys need da mineral water...& besides i had to piss....*s

i spent my voice trying to get them to do ' War Pigs '....hmmm...what's that tune...i can name that in 3 notes!!.....' Watermarks '....hehehe......it was MATA NG DIYOS....da crowd joined in for dz one...feeling rockstar ka na rin...but of couse ye let mr. artadi handle da really high parts....or maybe not!!...so we go to da present...it seems like da guys are talking about me with da song 24 from da latest album wurm...they went straight for ACHING TREE....then into an extended version of a Santana[is it?, am not really into him] song....that had Wolf, Manuel, & Mon showing da stuff that made dz band da best in da country...while Basti rested his lungs...all that rocking can take out da air in anyone....then.....what?....they're leaving....that's it?!!!....

after da theatrics...da band went on to show how good a friend they can be with da barkada cult song NATUTULOG KONG MUNDO....then da killer ender...fast & furious...a song that will tell ye that dz is 1 of only 2 filipino bands worth paying to see live, imho...[browse da whole site to find out what's da other!!]...HELL LOOKS...hey....it isn't over yet....da last blow was my personal favorite...with all that deep lyrics & meanings, & subliminal vox...WHAT GROWS IN YOUR GARDEN....mixed with some ' Rage Against the Machine ' chords...a fitting end to a bleeding night..


26 November '97, Mayric's

8 p.m.....it's been like that ever since...but it still surprised me....loads of girls....darn!!.... their cute....wonder how much plastic surgery costs these days....and if they can do jovit's face[i mean basti]....found a table for 3...let them late comers do the standing oblation[tawa mga lasing]....the place got hotter as the night moved on....more people...more girls....pretty soon...it's up to the ceiling again....lucky me.....i have a chair and a table....enjoying my blue ice...pwede pang mamulutan[ye can't do that standing up & without a table..hehehhe].....slowly they fall down....hehehheeh....don't worry i ate....HEALTY DRINKER.....remember...

i don't know what time the bands arrived....but P.O.T.....got on first....there's harley...there's karl....where's mally....darn...wala ata......olrayt!!!...wala nga...doesn't matter....this band can cut it....like a chainsaw they can....karl with his mister donut shirt just pulls the crowd into their act.....charisma, ....this guy is loaded with charisma....yet the place won't start shaking....[it did...but not that much]...most of the people just weren't there for the music....or for them, as a matter of fact....but those who were loved the set....play that punky music white boy!!!....

P.O.T. stepped down after a great set...composed of songs from their debut album....oh..oh....Wolfgang...with their techies....came in....to the tune of...........Bastigasmmmmmm!!!!!.....boy.....they haven't started playing a single note....and the place is starting to tremble....Bastigasm,...indeed....this is the only band that could tune their instruments then leave the stage and the crowd[well most of them anyways] won't mind.....hmmm....in the philippines maybe......heard of the same things about Soundgarden and Pearl Jam...[accounts from friends, right sonic?]....pretty soon the house is rocking....felt like the whole thing will just come crashing down on ye....i punished me throat trying to get them to play " War Pigs "...nuthin' doing...demet....but they did " Come Together ".....tamang SG....they also did a few songs from their latest album[released by now]....i had to let go of my chair....people just started standing up...trying to get close to the stage....to get close to Basti i suppose...even the guys....ayyyyy...heheheh...headbang, baby....headbang.....am not much of a headbanger anymore......shoegazed na lang ko-a......tsaka girl gazed narin...raming cute talaga....meron ding hinde.....savor the music[esp. Wolf's solos]....

i walked home all sweaty and smelly....i walked home smiling.....i walked home satisfied.....i walked home...yeah,..i walked home...


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