When browsing songs on your favorite music app on your phone, binge-listening to lyric videos on Youtube, or listening to random songs on the radio; it is more likely that you have had a moment wherein you automatically fall in love with the music that you just heard without knowing who the artist/s is behind the song.

When you are already vibing to the groove of the music, you often think to yourself that the song must be produced by an international artist through big-time production companies. The moment you learn that it is actually made by independent artists from the Philippines is the moment that you are incredibly proud to be a Filipino! With all that being said, here are some independent Filipino bands that will make you feel precisely that!

The Ridleys

The alternative-folk band that tells stories through songs is composed of Benny Manaligod on lead vocals and guitar, Jan De Vera on backup vocals and lead guitar, Joric Canlas on bass, and Bryant Ayes on drums. If one is familiar with the local Filipino gig scene and folk music, it is for sure that they have at least heard of the band.

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Songs produced and performed by the band are all written by Benny. Thus the songs are inspired by his personal experiences, may it be through love, longingness, or whatever he feels like writing a song about. Due to that, the band’s listeners feel a connection with their songs since there is a genuine inspiration for creating the song. As of writing, the band has one album on its arsenal, being released in 2019. The album is titled “Reflections on Moonlight & Poetry,” which includes their hit songs “Aphrodite” and “Meaningful Silence,” among others.

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If you are a fan of alternative-folk music, expression of feelings, and love, then The Ridleys is the perfect band! You can listen to The Ridelys through Spotify and get to know more about the band on their social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Carousel Casualties

Starting only as a solo project in 2016, Carousel Casualties has become a factory that produces melodious tunes that leave their listeners grooving or jumping on the feels train. The band consists of Emmie Villegas on lead vocals and guitar, Pauline Villanueva on backup vocals and guitar, Jot Nicanor on bass, and Ryan Pineda on drums.

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The band is well-known for their indie-rock type of tune accompanied by lyrics that you know are straight from the heart. The band has independently released several singles, an EP titled “Madison,” and their latest album, “Static Electricity Dreams of Longevity,” only released in 2021. Popular songs of the band are “San Junipero,” inspired by an episode of the television series Black Mirror, “Safety,” a song about reassurance and security, and “Leona,” a song about one’s affection for a girl named Leona! From their music to the lyrics, one can definitely find comfort in it.

Listen to the Carousel Casualties on Spotify and learn more about them on their social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

She’s Only Sixteen

Being named after the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Song She’s Only 18, She’s Only Sixteen has long proved that their music is for all ages as their tunes have managed to captivate their listeners’ ears! The band consists of Roberto Seña on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Andrew Panopio on lead guitar, Anjo Silvoza on bass, and King Puentespina on drums.

(Credits to NME)

Songs such as “Magic,” “Favoritism,” and “Leave me Out of It” are just a few of their popular songs that are included on their album “Whatever That Was,” which was released way back in 2017. In 2021, they released their latest single, “Proof,” a tune providing a bubblegum pop and funk vibe to the listener.

Listen to She’s Only Sixteen on Spotify and learn more about them on their social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Cup of Joe

Named after a slang word for a cup of coffee, Cup of Joe surely warms, comforts, and energizes its listeners through the music they produce. The band is composed of Edgar Bernardino on vocals, Raphaell Ridao on vocals, Vixen Garez on piano, Antonio Fernandez on lead guitar, Raphael Severino on bass, and Clint Joules Fernandez on rhythm guitar.

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Despite the band members being relatively young compared to other bands in the scene, they have already reached several milestones in their careers, such as winning the Best Regional Song on MOR Awards in 2019 through their hit-song “Nag-iisang Muli.” Among their other popular songs are “Ikaw Pa Rin Ang Pipiliin Ko,” “Sinderela,” and “Sagada” which has millions of streams on Spotify.

Listen to Cup of Joe on Spotify, and get to know more about them on their social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Any Name’s Okay

Though the name of the band may seem like they are full of uncertainty when thinking of what to name themselves, the quality and beauty of their music are what is certain. The band is composed of Sofia Abrogar on vocals, Renzo Lumanog on vocals and rhythm guitar, Mike Armas on lead guitar, Juan Lada on bass, and Arvin Olete on drums.

(Credits to Bandwagon Asia)

Among their popular songs are “Clouds,” amassing 2.3 million streams on Spotify, “Orasan,” “? (Who Do You Think Of), and “Yugto,” a song which was released this year. As an indie alternative-pop band, their tunes mainly make their listeners feel ecstatic and groove to their music. If one is interested in listening to music that makes them feel warm and cuddly inside, then Any Name’s Okay is the band for them!

Listen to Cup of Joe on Spotify, and get to know more about them on their social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Written by Lawrenze Empleo

Christian Lawrenze Empleo is currently a Digital Marketing Intern of PS Media Enterprise, and a 4th year Bachelor of Arts in Communication student of Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba.

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