First Quarter 2011 Gigs, Part 2: The Mocha Girls, College Collision 4, et al

There’s something about ‘being hip’ that doesn’t sit well with me. Sure, I sometimes file myself under the ‘cooler-than-thou’ category, but I always allow myself to deviate, and embrace what most of these young Tumblr folk go gaga over. Most especially if they come in very sexy packages.

Mocha Girls
Mocha Girls

I think it happened late last year when I started my metal scene coverage when I got curious about the Mocha Girls. After looking at their photos, watching a few Youtube videos, I got it.

Mocha Girls
Mae

It was a tweet from the girl-group’s account that lead me to Tiendesitas, right after this shoot. I was bitin, I was itching to do something else for the night, and since I had a hard time saying no to anything these days, I went for it. This was during the EDSA anniversary rites, and it was an easy contest on which would be a more interesting scene to photo-document that night.

Mocha Girls
Mocha

One apparent advantage for this specific show was that it wasn’t set in a bar, the Mocha Girls usual haunt, where the scene would be more intimate, but I’d most surely stick out since I was alone, no beer in hand. I also heard that not a lot of the DSLR totting populace take photos of their shows, unlike the more popular rock gigs I find myself in where there would be a dozen clickers hovering around.

Mocha Girls
Jhane

How was the show? I was entertained, amused, and would most surely say I wouldn’t mind seeing them again somewhere else where you have to pay a fee for the privilege, but I’m glad already this was free, sponsored by a local masa station. Who was my favorite Mocha Girl? It was initially Mae, but after the show, I, with minor reluctance, would have to say I’ve switched to Jhane. She photographs better live, too.

The local girl-groups, who caters to the ticklish male audience, would probably be the closest equivalent to the girl-idol groups of Japan and Korea. Sacrilegious? Can anything else in local entertainment compare, anyway?

The complete Flickr photoset can be found here.

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Then there’s College Collision 4, a college band-battle organized by the DZUP Radio Circle. The event’s head organizer, Li, has been asking me to cover it, and I could only really confirm a day or two before. I’ve been to one of these before, and I must say this year’s roster is much improved from last time. Held again at Tiendesitas, I’m sure to enjoy capturing backlit subjects with lots of colored suns in the frame.

The bands:

WrongMoveRuby
WrongMoveRuby

Thou-G
Thou-G

SheepSarahSleep
SheepSarahSleep

Behind Cameras
Behind Cameras

The Snickets
The Snickets

Wilderness
Wilderness

Generique
Generique

The music was a curious mix, and the required cover songs could be an indication that the much-missed 90s-era variety of music is slowly creeping in to this generation. Generique won, and I attribute a lot of that to them putting up a pretty fun and confident show.

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On a more personal note:

Up Dharma Down
Up Dharma Down

I’m leaving tonight to work in China. I’ve worked there 5 years ago, and came back here after a year. The part where I mentioned I wouldn’t say no to anything offered to me is part of my current ‘no regrets‘ mantra. I was just about 1/3 packed for leaving two days ago, but I still decided to go out and cover my last gig before I leave. I still had Saturday, but I wanted that to be a free night for anything, and it doesn’t have to be gig-related.

I picked a gig that highlighted Up Dharma Down because not one gig of theirs never, well, let me down. I’ve had four shoots planned for this week that didn’t push through, but I don’t have that sulky spirit possessing me because the point is I tried, put some time and effort to make things happen.

It was the right decision to abandon serious-packing duties for a few hours, traverse the North Luzon Expressway, just to catch mesmerizing Armi and the rest of the guys.

No regrets.

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