Photos by Karen De La Fuente
February 13 marked a first in Manila concert scene history, as Scottish post-rock legend Mogwai and American indie rock sirens Warpaint finally touched base in the Philippines. Crowds came as early as 6:00pm at Metrotent, Ortigas for a chance to meet the bands. By the time the concert doors opened, everyone was eager and ready for the eargasm they have long waited for.
Local indie artist Eyedress opened the night with chill-beats that certainly got the crowd’s attention. The artist’s eclectic and catchy arrangement, matched with slurry, almost haunting icy vocals, and trippy electronic synths were fair enough to set the right mood for the evening. Amused with the performance, old and new listeners took a new appreciation for this diverse genre.
Most of us were still reveling from Warpaint; we couldn’t get over their performance. But we couldn’t believe the night wasn’t over either—when finally, Mogwai took the stage.
For years, the absence or muffled quality of Mogwai’s lyrics has been the conceit of the band’s craft. No other excerpt better articulates this concept than the opening lines of the song “Yes! I am a Long Way from Home,” (taken from their 1997 album, “Mogwai Young Team”) which the band also played that night. The voice over speaks: “'Cause this music can put a human being in a trance like state and deprive it for the sneaking feeling of existing. 'Cause music is bigger than words and wider than pictures. If someone said that Mogwai are the stars, I would not object. If the stars had a sound it would sound like this. The punishment for these solemn words can be hard. Can blood boil like this at the sound of a noisy tape that I've heard?”
One simply has to close his eyes, feel the bass and rhythm, and ride the vigorous build-up of the drums. It was a night for swooning in music, and we were grateful to be there.
More photos from the event below:
Febfest 2014 is presented by Ynos and RandomMinds Production.
Catch The National & Youth Lagoon live on the 2nd leg of Febfest 2014 on February 20, 2014 at Metro Tent Convention Center. Tickets are available at www.ticketworld.com.ph/manilaconcertscene.