Wolfgang hibernated in the local music scene and after 6 years they are now back with a studio album. Their last studio album recorded was “Black Mantra” released last 2001. The band took a break after releasing “Black Mantra”; members of the band separated ways (Basti Artadi went to San Francisco, Wolf Gemora stayed in L.A, Mon Legaspi in Hong Kong and Manuel Legarda just stayed here in Manila). The band is still firm that they never really disbanded, they just “took a break”.
It was unfortunate that I was not able to watch the Black Chistmas Project concert for this album last Dec.10 in Eastwood. Oh well, I will have the chance to see them live anyway this March 😉 (watch out for this one!!!). And so, because of my misery of not being there in Eastwood last December, I just resorted on listening to the album. And to my surprise, they can still rock! Well, it’s not the original line-up anymore because Francis Aquino is now their new drummer. According to Wolf, he did not quit the band. He commented on Philmusic.com’s blogpost regarding this album. Here’s what he had to say:
Hello Jim [owner of Philmusic.com], this is Wolf Gemora. For all intents and purposes, I have NOT quit Wolfgang. Whoever told you that news is obviously either confused or does not know the real deal. The reason for my absence at the Wolfgang “reunion” in ’07 was that my priority at the time was playing with Lokomotiv and had scheduled gigs on both the Music Museum shows. I informed Manuel of my intentions before that and he understood. I did NOT tell anyone that “I quit Wolfgang”. WOLF GEMORA HAS NOT QUIT WOLFGANG. I hope that next time news like this leaks out, someone would get out of their way to ask all parties. Thank you. m/
Anyway, the album has 11 original tracks and I must say that I enjoyed all of them. It’s like bringing back memories of my childhood. 2008 indeed is the year of 90’s nostalgia (together with the Eraserheads reuniting again, also after 6 years). My favorites in the album are “Ibrahim”, “RP Deathsquad”, “N.M.E” and “Kung Gusto Mo Pa”.
If you are a Smart subscriber, you have the chance to download their album using your mobile phones. Isn’t that cool? All you have to do is follow the instructions from the photo above.
Will keep you posted regarding the upcoming back to back gig of Wolfgang with Razorback at the Music Museum on March 19, 2008. The show will be entitled “Two Sides Live”. Both of the bands will be performing 2 sets each and one will be an acoustic set!