The 90’s saw the explosion of rock and alternative
music. Everyone was caught unaware by this so-called Eraserheads
phenomenon that many could not define. Their music was unclassifiable.
They successfully walked the jagged line between mainstream and
alternative with a mix of pop, rock, and everything in between -
instantly familiar yet totally unheard of. Their songs proved to be a
roller-coaster ride of unpredictability and unconventionality as it
range from being euphoric to downright hilarious, interspersed with
occasional tenderness to wallow in. Simply, they were the loudest
noise and the biggest surprise to hit the music industry. It uplifted
Original Pilipino Music, giving it a renewed competitive edge.
The original plan was just to finish their outstanding
commitment and simply disband. Not for the Eraserheads, it seems.
While playing in their supposedly last few gigs, the remaining members
Buddy Zabala & Raymund Marasigan realized they still enjoyed playing
together and they just can’t quit & disband just like that. So instead
they have regrouped, innovated & transformed themselves to evolve into
a new band. In a slow but definite transition, the so-called infamous
Eraserheads has shifted gears and is now known as CAMBIO.
Completing the cast are Kris Dancel, Ebe Dancel &
Diego Mapa, all wedged between the guitar & vocal chores. These three
young musicians have separately proven their worth and for a time have
even made their presence felt in the alternative music scene with
their individual band recording debuts. An all-star cast band as it
seems, everyone has been individually known to be part of different
bands – Kris Dancel as vocalist & guitarist of an all-girl band Fatal
Posporos, Ebe Dancel from the newly crowned NU107’s New Artist of the
Year & Album of the year awardee Sugar Free, Diego Mapa of the rock
band Monsterbot, Raymund with the highly regarded band Sandwich and
Squid9 & Buddy with indie-rock band Twisted Halo.
With veterans Raymund & Buddy at the bottom of
CAMBIO’s musical character & direction, now, more than ever, this band
is certainly on track and raring to take on the local concert scene.
The members said it is their commitment coupled with the sense of
fulfillment they get from playing that makes them one happy successful
act. Each show, night after night, is a genuine showcase of tight and
awe-inspiring performances that leave even the most jaded member in
the audience asking for more. Yet each night is a continuing learning
The band independently released an EP aptly titled
CAMBIO…excerpt E.P. last October of 2003 containing total 7 original
tracks including 2 remix versions of the single “Divisoria.”
And by July 2004, a full length debut album under
Universal Records entitled Derby Light was released, still with the
carrier single “Divisoria”. A music video directed by Diego Castillo
was also produced for the said single.
What makes them different from the other bands is
their individual ability to make their own sound and collectively
bring about a music distinctly theirs. CAMBIO is certain to stir ahead
and reap their niche in the music scene. There has been no looking
back since then. Listen to their music and you will feel a zestful
energy around them. Whatever the future holds for these five, for the
moment at least, the local crowd can stand to benefit by enjoying the
music of CAMBIO.