Bandang X Brings Classic Pinoy Rock Bands From The 1990s To Life

The Youth perform at a recent Bandang X concert. Rick Olivares

They say that when public fascination with 1980s culture and music wanes, attention will turn to the 1990s. And you know what that means.

This is the time when alternative music became popular with grunge, punk, trip hop, nu metal and alternative rock.

However, here in the Philippines, why wait? Bandang X is here.

This was the decade when local bands not only dominated the radio airwaves, but also midday television and talk shows. It was then that the music scene exploded into the stratosphere with bands and music sweeping through the Philippines.

Veterans of the club circuit in the 1980s – Club Dredd and Mayrics, in particular – who were radio broadcast staples on NU 107 and LA 105 banded together in a concert series known as Bandang X.

Today’s generation will be able to see popular acts from this decade and beyond in one show. There’s Youth, POT, Agaw Agimat, Snakebite Religion, Erectus, Shampoo ni Lola, Siakol, Warlak, Piranha, Mutiny, Philippine Violators, Datu’s Tribe, Yano, Luna, the Breed and many more.

The Youth is one of the most popular bands of this era to date. They released a monster album in “Album Na Walang Pamagat” which spawned the massive hit single “Multo Sa Paningin”.

POT only released one album, a self-titled album, but it has since become an instant classic with its remake of 1970s funk band, Advisors’ “Yugyugan Na”.

Datu’s Tribe also had a strong debut album in “Galit Kami Sa Baboy” which sold over 20,000 copies with the hit song “Sarsa Platoon”.

The Philippine Violators punk band is an ageless punk rock band that has been on the scene since the mid-1980s and has released seven albums.

“I thought of the concept of bringing together and strengthening the community of 1990s bands several years ago, but I was only able to solidify it around 2019,” said Renmin Nadela, founder of Bandang X and drummer of ‘Agaw Agimat.

“Our first show took place in September 2021 on a Friday when there was a typhoon. Wendy Villanueva (the singer of Agaw Agimat and co-producer of Bandang X) and I were surprised that the 70s Bistro was packed despite these bad weather conditions, I thought we were on to something good.

Upon the return of live performances this year, the Bandang X promotion was the second concert ever held at the newly renovated 70s Bistro on April 2.

Last Saturday, August 13, once again despite the bad weather, many fans still came to Milenya in Marikina to watch their ninth production which included Snakebite Religion, the Youth, POT and Agaw Agimat.

Snakebite Religion opened the night with their grunge-influenced music. The youngsters – younger in age but eternal in stature and never lacking in fire – followed and raced through their plethora of success.

POT was the third to take the stage with his funk and roll music that not only pleased the hearts but also the hips of the Gen Xers in attendance.

Agaw Agimat closed the evening with that punk energy and enthusiasm that got the adrenaline and booze flowing.

“It’s so cool because it brings back fond memories of old Club Dredd and Mayrics scenes from the 90s,” added POT bassist Mally Paraguya.

Youth bassist and vocalist Robert Javier said, “It’s an exhilarating experience to be with these bands from the 90s again. Not only are we reviving the vibe, but we’re also educating the next generation of music.

The next production of Bandang X will take place on August 20 at Katipuneros Food Park in Dasmariñas, Cavite with POT, Agaw Agimat, Philippine Violators, Mutiny and young people.

Bandang X is supported by Mutilated Noise Records, Guerilla Wear and Foodtrick.

Virginia F. Goins