Thursday, June 28, 2007

"From DNA To Yesterday"


Im back on track as i just got home from a rainy and dull ride from Cavite and i feel a little weary and lovesick! ( or the feeling is really there? ) maybe due to slight changes of weather...Whew! I just changed my clothes and put this ready to be heard disc of mine and gosh, Is it them? I find this long lost band a gem that really needs to be heard as they play soft jangly guitarpop reminiscent of those past indie stalwarts like The Sundays, The Band Of Holy Joy, April Showers and The Popinjays or any female fronted popgroup you had in mind that point's into that musical direction! The band im talking about is No Flags Etc..

Formed in Swansea, South Wales in 1986. The band played music that was meant to be pure pop, jangly and ironic with class! Having the momentum they are long been longing for, They quickly released their first single titled "Wonderful" on "12 inch format, Indeed it lives up to it's name as it capitalizes them to a wider broad. The chance of releasing a debut LP was already on their hands ( titled "Voila Godot" ) but sadly it was shelved... Tragedy seems to struck them when founding member Martyn died and things got lose out of hand. But in 1996, Things got well again with a contract with Canadian label Hi-Rise landing on them but again it didn't work that well because of another reason. But luck was really on their way as the great Firestation Records of Germany included one of their earliest song "Rubble" ( and a rare one too! ) on their great series , The Sound Of Leamington Spa Volume 5 in 2004 which attracts unknown fans across the globe.

Having several line-up changes over the past year's, Only Rob Thomas ( bass ) and Wayne Hughes ( guitars ) remain on the original core of the Flags lineup. They are now joined by long time singer Sian Wilson ( who already are with them through their early years ), Paul Boorman ( guitars ), John Corbett ( drums ) and finally their tech who sometimes also play with them, Niall Feldman. Now the band is nowhere to be cut again from releasing their great music to fans across the globe as they just released their full length ( of old & new recordings ) titled from "From DNA To Yesterday" which was co-released by the band with Apple Crumble Records of Japan. It includes early favourites "Don't Bring Me Back", "Wonderful" and my fave "You Skin Me Smaller" ( this one is gorgeous! ). Im looking for more as the band is setting out new songs to be recorded and released soon! You can hear the band's music snippet's Here

Check out the interview with the band's Sian Wilson and the band's new recording session's Here

Buy their releases Here or direct from Apple Crumble

Thanks to Rob Thomas for the help and kindness

Tuesday, June 26, 2007



It's been a while and gotta shake that giggling summer feeling that i feel...Thanks to that great news that this band has already gotten up the webspace that i long been waiting for their astonishing sound and musical direction, Im talking about the mighty Moscow Olympics. I just get the desire back into writing when i heard their new songs they uploaded on their Myspace. They just keep getting better and better whenever i see them play live or hear their demos as each time it was different just like harmonies waving around my head!.

The band ( originally known as The Lubitels but had to dropped the name when one of their member leave & in respect to the former ) which play music that recall those dancings days mix with a beatiful wash of noise that can be aligned with the likes of Blueboy in their "Popkiss" and "Unisex" days, New Order with Bobby Wratten on their lead and The Wake on their MBV mode. Consist of Aj Domingo ( vocals/guitars ) , who used to be a former Candyaudioline, Soft Pillow Kisses, Colour Contest member and also currently a member of soul specialists, Soul Connection. Richard Olaguera ( guitars ) also a former Colour Contest and used to be with Fingernail Cocktail and now leads Soul Connection, Jojo Sarmiento ( keyboards ) who is a member of Dorian Of Juniper Bells, The Violet Hour, She Came To Stay and plays now in the monicker of Joaquin Esquivel, Dino Amparo ( drums ) another former Candyaudioline and lastly the girl with the bassline in her side, Melanie Valera ( bass ).No wonder Peter Hahndorf voted them as one of the best bands not residing in the UK or US on his recent trip in Manila and on the TweeNet Poll.

They are currently mixing some new songs & I can't wait to hear for more as prior to what i heard on their new tunes like the hypnotic yet chillbending track "Safe" ( which is my favourite now! ) which reminds me of Blueboy's "Imipramine" on their shorelike guitar waves! We want more & I hope the world is listening for this beautiful supergroup...Surely they will!.
Pay them a visit Here