“EVEN” took home P150,000 worth of cash and Converse products.
Last week, Converse Philippines named the ultimate champ of Converse “Get Loud” Band Competition, in a grand musical showdown of semi-pro Filipino band. The final night was held in Excess Superclub in Quezon City.
Gunning for the prestige of being the country’s first-ever “Get Loud” victor are Even from North Luzon, Brisom from the National Capital Region, Kissbone from South Luzon, Bethany from Visayas and Jad Montenegro from Mindanao.
“After selecting these bands through an exhaustive nationwide search, rallying their supporters through various online initiatives and organizing bar tours to get them revved up for the big day, we are down to the wire and eager to know who will be the chosen one,” says Eli Bonsol, Converse Philippines’ advertising and marketing manager. “It’s just really a matter of giving an explosive performance on stage and establishing that unique connection with the audience.”
All the 5 bands performed original songs composed exclusively for the competition. The strength of their music will take the bulk of percentage points (composition with 30% and musicality with 25%) but they will also be judged on their live performance (25 percent). The remaining 20 percent will be based on online votes; the band that has garnered the most votes will walk away with the People’s Choice Award.
Aside from the honor of being the country’s first “Get Loud” champ, the grand prize winner took home P150,000 worth of cash and Converse products. The first and second runner-ups and the two finalists was awarded with P100,000, P60,000 and P40,000 of cash and Converse products respectively.
Composed of Dyanne Licudine (vocals), Jam Bumanlag (guitars), Coco Saupan (bass) and Dan Allan Acosta (drums), Even from North Luzon is a Baguio-based band that describes their music as “dark and melancholic.” They take pride for their songs for their “well thought-out lyrics woven into heavy chugs and bass, unisoned into drumlines.” For “Get Loud,” Even will perform “Luminary.”
Brisom, from NCR, is composed of Brian Sombero (vocals and guitar), Jeffrey Castro (drums and beats), Jason Rondero (bass), Tim Abbott (synthesizer and keys) and Terence Teves (guitar). Most of Brisom’s songs are based on Brian’s “soul-changing travels and life-changing realizations,” capturing the sound of soulful indie rock with “straightforward clarity” and “lyrics from the heart.” They will perform “Waking Lives.”
Representing South Luzon, Kissbone is composed of Armin Joseph Pepito (guitar and vocals), Justine Sioson (guitar and vocals), Renz Jerome Villanueva (drums), Parker Cataquian (bass) and Allan Paulo Luching (rhythm guitar). Beginning with punk rock to emo-screamo genre during their days at Sienna College Taytay, Kissbone now regularly unleashes hardcore and rock metal music. The band will perform “Distance and Motion.”
From the Visayas, particularly Cebu, Bethany is composed of Luis Quibranza III (lead vocals and guitar), Angelo Quibranza (lead guitar and vocals), Paolo Miguel Quibranza (drums and vocals) and Kevin Borromeo (bass). The Quibranza siblings immersed themselves into songwriting in 2008 and began performing soon after Kevin’s addition. The band takes pride in their delivery of alternative rock music that has “a lot of curve balls, intense guitar work, smart lyrics and infectious melodies.” Bethany will perform “Keep Moving On.”
Jad Montenegro, from Mindanao, takes its name from its lead vocalist. Completing the band are Dave Ibao (guitar and backing vocals), Eric Luzada (lead guitar), Pjoe Sabanpan (bass) and Carlo Garcia (drums, backing vocals). After performing as a solo acoustic act in Davao, Jad felt the need to expand her musical horizons by forming a band with friends. For “Get Loud,” Jad Montenegro will perform “The Escapist.”
CONVERSE Get Loud Band Competition Winners:
Baguio's gem "EVEN" took home the grand prize winning P150,000 worth of cash prizes and Converse products. The same band from North Luzon also won the "People's Choice Award."
Bethany and Jad Montenegro was hailed as the 1st and 2nd runner-ups while Brisom and Kissbone are the 3rd and 4th placer. The first and second runner-ups and the two finalists was awarded with P100,000, P60,000 and P40,000 worth of cash and Converse products respectively.
For more updates on the competition, stay connected via www.facebook.com/ConversePhilippines.