First it was drummer Raimund Marasigan joining another band called Sandwich. Then front man Ely Buendia dishes out a new solo album with "Wanted: Bedspacer." Then Marasigan again, anointing himself as Squid 9 with a debut solo entitled "Inkjet." Who's next? Neither guitarists Buddy Zabala nor Marcus Adoro know which one may go next into the arena of going solo. Although Adoro hinted at wanting to do it himself. But one thing is for certain, the boys of Eraserheads agree it'll be a long, long time before they all start to outgrow each other and head their own ways. Putting to rest persistent rumors of a break-up, Buendia states they still love playing music together. And so despite the apparent tendencies to embark on individual musical journeys, this local band may never tire of each other hopefully.

Eraserheads have come a long way from their debut commercial release with "Ultraelectromagneticpop." A mouthful and a pretentious album title aside, it managed to catapult the band into the wild world of rock stardom. With their liberal use of metaphors, hilarious observations on Filipino life and infectious rhythms on each song, the band quickly became the most adored band of the early '90s. The kids couldn't get enough of their music, especially since most of the early ones made good use of profane language. It gave students the license to be -- lyrically profane. But lately, with the sudden avalanche of metal, ska and hard core bands gaining massive followers and inevitably staking claim onto that hateful area known as the "mainstream," Eraserheads seemed to have quietly taken the back seat. Buendia doesn't see it, as he's not completely focused on a mass of frenzied kids clamoring to hear his band play. It's all about the music. Apparently (and it should be), that's the bottom line. As evidenced from a recent gig at Hard Rock Café in Manila, Eraserheads played to a lot of fans last January 16 on a Tuesday. The place wasn't as packed as it could have been when they first began their career, but still it was SRO. And clearly, the band need not worry about losing that fervent energy from fans because they have loyal followers who seem to really love their music. The fans are loyal. A band can't possibly survive for 11 years in the music biz without them.

The band played for more than an hour to a relaxed crowd. Every one knows Eraserheads; even the waiters were dancing around singing along to their songs. You don't get to see that kind of loyalty very often. The band performed several songs (from the old albums), from "Drive" to "Popmachine" to "Alapaap." Then Buendia and Zabala reminded the crowd about their upcoming album entitled "Carbon Stereoxide." Count on the Eraserheads to come up with the most extraordinary titles. They rip through a couple new tracks, which sound heavier and much more eclectic than their old ones, and the fans just ogle and listen to every word, those that were audible anyway.

After their set, the band took time out to answer some questions. An amazing feat considering the guy's busy schedule; what with several musical endeavours and a new baby. Adoro happily took a couple of drags from his cigarette at the far end of the booth and Zabala seemed to be the only one paying attention.


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