Eskapo: Phillipines Tour 2009
ESKAPO, a Filipino-American hardcore-punk band based in California, is heading “back home” to the Philippines for several shows next month…
ESKAPO is a five piece filipino from Vallejo, California they play hardcore punk mainly influenced from oldskool like Negative Approach, Black Flag and Minor Threat, The word Eskapo means “refugee” and was a symbol of defiance during Ferdinand Marcos’s dictatorship over the Philippine islands for over 20 years. The lyrics mainly tackle politics, freedom, individual rights with most of the lyrics written in “Tagalog”.
“To promote our new 4 way split on Take Four Collective and Delusion of Terror records in the Philippines and for some of us to return to our country of birth, Eskapo is returning to the Philippines to play shows in the first 2 weeks of January 2009.
Take Four Collective and Delusion of Terror Records have kindly released a four-way split with Eskapo and La Grita from California, Killratio from Manila and Istukas over Disneyland from Pampanga. Personally I am elated to share space with the aforementioned bands.
No words can describe the anxiety and excitement we feel.To play with bands we have listened to for years and never met in person, to see our families, friends and loved ones living and dead. They say that you can never go home but we are, after years of playing in the U.S. (the Bay Area respectively) and singing about issues that affect our homeland in our first language, we will finally play in the country to the people that inspired the majority of our songs.”
Jan 05 2009 – Cuerdas Bar, Pasig City
w/ THROW, THE BEAUTY OF DOUBT, TAME THE TIKBALANG and BETRAYED.
Jan 06 2009 – Sampaloc, Manila
Jan 07 2009 – Green Papaya Art Gallery, Manila
Jan 08 2009 – Ten 02 Bar, Quezon City
Jan 09 2009 – San Fernando, Pampanga
Jan 10 2009 – Pulilan, Bulacan
Jan 11 2009 – High Temp Bar, Lucena city, Quezon
Jan 12 2009 – Binan Metroplitan Plaza , Laguna
Jan 13 2009 – Farewell show in Pasig!!! Quezon City
note: here’s a short article on the Filipino underground in San Francisco – Tagalog punk, money troubles, and notes from the Filipino American indie underground
get the four-way split CD, “Deadly Rhythms From The Production Line” from Delusion of Terror