The music events in Bicol has been paving way for young artists to showcase their talents all throughout the region. Some of the local bands have already reached a whole new level in the music scene and new bands are hopeful to earn a place in the country’s music industry. A few years ago, a local band from Albay was featured by Francis Brew of NU107 – the reggae band Stolen Shots, which was included in the 20 track compilation album “Musicmax Bicol” – featuring eight bands in Bicol from various genres Centerfold (alternative pop), Pepsi Paloma Experiment (Euro pop), Pentacle (rock), Pandora’s Box (Heavy Metal), Idle Pitch (alternative pop), Black Gulaman (alternative rock), and Buckyard Boyz (hip-hop). The album was officialy launched in 2008 in a concert produced by Rebolusyon Rekords in Naga and Legazpi city.
Stolen Shots is a local band from Albay that is composed of members Prime Ramo (vocals), Noel “Nhoy” Dollentas (bass), Lemon Brondial (drums), Ryan Pasamba (trombone), Irle “Payirl” Sabdao (trumpet), and guitarists Ley Otilano and Jhoe Perez. Together they mix rock and reggae in an upbeat rhythm of ska. The fun loving band started performing in 10 years ago and they’ve been doing acts in schools, universities, festivals, and even band competitions. Soon they are already sharing the stage with other established local bands like Mudflow, Childsplay, and Pepsi Paloma Experiment. The songs composed by the band guitarist Leo Otilano made a big difference the band’s success. The Song like “Chocolate Brown Coffee” was the talk of the town as the most energetic reggae beat you can listen to these days. With that, it was featured in the Standout Track of The Week in Nu107’s In the Raw program for two weeks in a row as a part of Musicmax Bicol album compilation. The band’s live performance is also one thing that sets them apart from other reggae bands you know of – they’ll pump you up with the beat they’re playing. Their exceptional showmanship truly is, one of a kind.
The band has gone through many hardships but it never stopped them from playing the music they love and entertaining people with their unique style and repertoire. Just last year, they’ve performed in the annual Ska Festival held at Mogwai Café, showcasing their music with popular bands such as Jeepney Joyride, The Marcos Cronies Conspiracy, Pinkcow, and Skabeche. They’re also performing as regular front act for established bands and artists in concerts help in Legazpi City.
Still, the young band has a lot to face in the future. With the opportunities provided by the local music industry, we can only expect the young bands nowadays to showcase their true talent and be successful artists in the future.