A Techno Revolution With Holiness & Hedonism
While If there's one thing you can say about Clone, they're not as serious offstage as they are on.
Last July 29, 2000 at Mayric's, the techno trio (2 keyboardists with
loads of gear and a vocalist) took the stage in-between two rock bands
and after a lengthy set-up time, drowned us in a world of sexy soulful
electronic music. And they played all originals. Weird-ass songs with
real lyrics and verses and choruses, but with all those little squeaks
and drums which bang around like mice in a dirty kitchen.
Holiness and hedonism. Perfect description for the band.
Two of the members, Sheerin and Lionel used to be full-time active members
of the Bukas Palad Music Ministry, a formerly Ateneo-based liturgical
choir that propagated the mass songs of Fr.Manoling Francisco sj. They
then went on to form a showband by the name of Anima and played covers
till their noses bled. Lionel meanwhile had recorded an album of guitar-flute
instrumentals called "Vespers". Karlo on the other hand, graduated
from playing manic classical guitar in high school to fiddling with samplers
and noise. He did a track on the Rivermaya-Remixed album called "Sunog
(Lumang Eskuwela Mix)." All three got together in 1999 out of a common
desire to push music that they enjoyed and that no one else could play.
far, the band have no concrete plans or timetables. They work on music
when they have time. All three are working, and are way past the age of
high school garage bands, yet their stories of practices being interrupted
by complaining neighbors reeks of adolescenece. All three have day jobs
and responsibilities and personal goals. And somehow they find time to
sneak in Clone.
Back at Mayric's the audience applause trickles in. Clone has ended their
set and the crowd is more baffled than appreciative. But does Clone care?
PART 2: The Interview with CLONE
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