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Formed in 1990, Razorback the band began when two hormonally charged guitarists, Tirso Ripoll and David Aguirre, and drummer Miguel Ortigas decided it was time to get out of their respective locked bedrooms and start making a
racket in public. Joining the young axemen were vocalist Jose Mari Cuervo (no relation to the drink, though his singing had left viewers intoxicated), bass blaster Louie Talan (then and now the most reticent Razorback boy).
Early on, Razorback had a
reputable following, thanks to their dense yet blistering live Performances.
There's no escaping the twin-terror dynamics of Tirso and David, whose
guitar-duo onslaught may recall the Allman Brothers or
As with most bands, Razorback
at first helped themselves to covering memorabilia by their musical icons,
in their case '70s monsters such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Iron
Maiden, and the Juan Dela Cruz Band. This just when
As the '90s played on, Razorback
amassed much experience, much music, much exposure, and much alcohol.
Eventually realizing that they weren't a showband, these sonic swine began
writing their own songs, their initial
Of course, as with any ascent,
Razorback was not without bruises, damages, or at least changes. For one
thing, before Hebigat even got out, Jose Mari had decided to ditch the
rock 'n' roll lifestyle and consequently the band. Soon after
Their penchant for epic, can-you-keep-up-with-us performances found a handy outlet in their succeeding album, the more ambitious 1997 album Beggar's Moon. Clearly more confident than ever, the quake-inducing quintet were steadily showcasing their musical and lyrical strengths to the hilt, as well as manifesting a willingness to loosen up their minds and hands. The result was an array of tunes--Payaso, Munting Paraiso, Ikot ng Mundo, Of Hobbits and Pipeweed, and Goldenthroat: The Electric Mistress, among them--that conjure enough visuals to make Beggar's Moon sound like the soundtrack to some long-lost movie.
As the songs kept coming so
did the gigs, which by then had taken the band not just all over Metro
Manila but all over the country. Everywhere they played, the gang managed
to compel viewers to headbang to their heavy grooves, not to
Not only did their punishing perseverance pay off for them, Razorback likewise have also earned a reasonable dose of acclaim. Besides being among the more respected local bands, there's David winning the 1997 NU 107 Rock Award as Guitarist of the Year--an honor he personally shared with Tirso, no less--and Louie earning the Bassist of the Year Rock Award the following year. The mere fact that they remain under contract with Sony Music Philippines, which had released Beggar's Moon, is testament enough of these guys' repute.
Which brings us to their latest
set of explosives, the 1998 album simply dubbed "Star". Compared
to the tunes on Beggar's Moon, Star's are shorter, more concise and straightforward
rowk-un-rowl. As the cover photo would suggest,
Nine years later, Razorback
have indeed become stars hovering over the Pinoy musical landscape, though
they refuse to think so. They would rather be grateful for still rocking
after all these years, counting boys and girls of different ages,
Not withstanding all the hardworking
and hard-rocking years they've logged in, Razorback are still on the virtual
road, on a continuing journey for the glory of music. By visiting the
Razorback website, as well as by scoring any or all of
Razorback Hebigat Webpage