Puma Archive Uncovered Manila Gig

Isn’t it cool seeing and hearing your favorite bands perform cover songs every once in a while? Puma paved way for some of our local bands to let Pupil, Imago, Up Dharma Down, Drip, Taken by Cars, Camerawalls and Sleepwalk Circus show their own renditions of classic pop and rock songs. I got the chance to be invited to the Puma Archive Uncovered Manila gig last September 18 (I know it’s a month late, I’m a full time worker ok? 🙂 ).

If you’re going to ask me, my favorite cover song would be “Ready to Go” by Taken By Cars which was originally sung by Republica.  I believe that the song really suits them because Sarah’s energy matches the fast beats of the song. Plus, I got the chance to see the their new bassist/singer Isa Garcia perform for the first time!

It was unexpected but Up Dharma Down covered a Hall and Oates song, “One on One”. Armi Millare gave the song a different perspective. Well, we know that Hall and Oates are males and when Armi sang the lyrics “One on One, I wanna play that game tonight”, it gave a bit of a kinky feeling. 😉

On the other hand, Pupil decided to cover classic rock songs. They’re the last band to perform for the night and they covered 3 songs such as Queen’s “Under Pressure” and Alice Cooper’s “I Never Cry” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson”. I liked all the songs they covered. They punkified “Mrs. Robinson”,  I love it!

Drip performed “Dreams” of Fleetwood Mac and of course, they mixed it with their own electronic rendition. Beng’s voice is really breathtaking. I can’t help but stare at her with awe while listening to her.

The Camerawalls is a Brit rock sounding band and I was already assuming that they’ll be performing a song sounding Brit rock. They performed “That’s Entertainment”, a classic song originally performed by Paul Weller. I believe that they include this song during their usual bar gigs.

Imago performed their Filipino songs which they have already covered in their past albums such as “Bakit Ba Ganyan” and “Spoliarium”. I also like Sleepwalk Circus’ version of “Woman in Chains” by Tears for Fears. Armi Millare sang with them.

P. S. Thanks to Teresa Liwanag of Puma for the invitation!

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