Razorback is a Filipino hard rock band formed in 1990. Originally known for being regulars at the now-defunct Kalye, a club in Makati, the band has performed at full-scale concerts and opened for Silverchair, Rage Against the Machine and Metallica.
Razorback first began performing covers of bands such as Led Zeppelin, Juan de la Cruz Band, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. The group was put together by drummer Miguel Ortigas and guitarists Tirso Ripoll and David Aguirre.
In 1982, Miguel Ortigas met Tirso Ripoll through Ripoll’s cousin in LSGH. Ortigas first handled guitars then later moved on to drums. Ortigas also studied in Yamaha School of Music, under Benjie Zialcita, who also taught Tirso Ripoll, Louie Talan and David Aguirre. It was in 1988, when they would usually watch their idols Pepe Smith, Sampaguita, Edmund Fortuno, and many others, in Electra Bar, Makati, where they decided to create something better.
One of their first songs was “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC, and with only Tirso, Miguel and David in the line-up, they first recruited Tirso’s brother, Junus as bassist and Isabel Lozano as vocalist. During their formative years, the band was known as ‘Outrider’, with their first gig at Big Bang, Alabang. The group later joined Upsilon Sigma Phi-NU107’s Battle of the Bands and won. From here on out, the band as ‘Razorback’ was officially formed and played regularly in local bars such as Kalye, Club Dredd and Peligro.
Members of Razorback and Wolfgang used to jam onstage billed as the ‘Flaming Hemorrhoids’. Five years later, the band, original vocalist Jose Mari Cuervo was replaced by Kevin Roy on vocals, alongside Ripoll and Aguirre on guitars, Ortigas on drums and Louie Talan on bass, released their debut album entitled Hebigat Sounds Volume One. (‘Hebigat’ is a portmanteau, created by fusing the words ‘Hebi’, a play on the English word ‘heavy’, and the Filipino word ‘bigat’, literally, ‘heavy’.) The album contained such tracks as “Giyang”, “Tabi ng Bulkan” (“Beside the Volcano”) and “Pepe D’ Hepe”.
David Aguirre is now the lead guitarist for the Southern California-based band 3 Headed Dog. Manuel Legarda, also of Wolfgang, has taken over his guitar duties for Razorback. Brian Velasco, who was a drum instructor at RJ Guitar Center, later joined and replaced Miguel Ortigas on drums.
Teeth is a Filipino rock band formed in 1993. The band is currently composed of Glenn Jacinto on vocals, Jerome Velasco on guitars, Pedz Narvaja on bass, Mike Dizon on drums, and Dok Sergio on guitars (formerly on bass). Their music style is a mix of Alternative rock and grunge. The band is well known for the hits, “Laklak”, “Prinsesa” and “Shooting Star”
Teeth is a Filipino rock band formed in 1993.
The band is currently composed of Glenn Jacinto on vocals,
Jerome Velasco on guitars, Pedz Narvaja on bass, Mike Dizon
on drums, and Dok Sergio on guitars (formerly on bass).
Their music style is a mix of Alternative rock and grunge.
The band is well known for the hits, “Laklak”, “Prinsesa” and “Shooting Star”
South Border is a Filipino pop and R&B band formed in the early 1990s who gained recognition in the music scene in the late 1990s to the 2000s
Originally formed in 1993, the band whose name is a tribute to their roots in Davao down south, first came into national prominence in 1996 when they launched their first self-titled album. It included a Jimmy Antiporda song entitled “May Pag-Ibig Pa Kaya” which they interpreted in the Metro Manila Pop Music Festival earlier that year. Another song, “Kahit Kailan” was awarded 1996 Song of the Year by various radio stations, thus giving them their first big hit.
The following year, the album reached gold, then platinum. South Border was all set for their first major concert at the Araneta Coliseum. As expected, thousands of their newfound fans trooped to fill the massive dome to the brim. Before the end of 1997, the exceptional talents of South Border was recognized by their peers in the industry when they won the most number of trophies at the 10th Awit Awards including Best Performance by a New Duo or Group, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Produced Record of the Year for their hit song, “Kahit Kailan”. By the end of 1997, their debut album had gone triple platinum.
Not long after in the midst of a flourishing career, South Border found itself in the eye of a storm which called for a conspicuous change in their lineup. Luke Mejares replaced Brix Ferraris on lead vocals. But despite discouraging forecasts, South Border got back on their feet in no time. In a rush of creative adrenaline, the band doubled their efforts to finish their second album called Bump!. It featured “Sa ‘Yo”, a haunting ballad that spoke of a heart’s yearning for a loved one and “Reborn”, South Border’s first attempt at recording an instrumental piece reminiscent of their early jazz influences. In 1999, South Border once again caught the critical eye and received a total of 18 Katha Music awards including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Song, and Best R&B Song—all for the song “Sa ‘Yo”. The following year, the band released its first live recording which was well received by their fans and drew rave reviews from critics. At the turn of the new millennium, the band once again made waves with the success of “Habang Atin ang Gabi”, the theme song from La Vida Rosa, a Rosanna Roces-Diether Ocampo film produced by Star Cinema, and later from Misibis Bay, a Ritz Azul drama series on TV5. The lyrics were written by scriptwriter Armando Lao and the music was composed by Jay Durias, who considers this song to be one of his best compositions and arrangements to date.
The same song became the carrier single for their fourth album, The Way We Do, released in 2001. In November of the same year, South Border staged their biggest major show at the 30,000-seater PSC Track and Field Oval. But in the final quarter of 2002, another surprise jolted South Border’s avid followers—the announcement that Mejares was leaving the band to go solo. The search for his replacement was going to be another grueling task.
Having gone through another major change in their lead vocals lineup, the band scored a major win when they got not one but two astonishing vocal talents in Vince Alaras and Duncan Ramos. Twenty-six-year-old Alaras was a member of La Salle Green Hills’s Kundirana and was then known as “the boy who sounded like Brian McKnight”. The younger Ramos on the other hand was a child prodigy — a singing and dancing wonder boy who often accompanied Gary Valenciano on his shows and tours all over the country.
The two new talents who danced as well as they sang provided a fresh and youthful take on South Border, which has since then came up with hits such as “Rainbow” which first hit the airwaves in 2003 for the promotion of Sharon Cuneta’s Metro Manila Film Festival entry, Crying Ladies. South Border’s music even dominated television with their song “Ikaw Nga”—the love theme from the hit TV series Mulawin. In 2004, the band released their first album under their own independent label. Episode III was a big commercial success that included the hits “The Show” and “Brown Hand Smash” — two songs that gave the group an edgier, danceable R&B sound.
On August 2007, the band officially announced the departure of its two vocalist, Duncan Ramos and Vince Alaras. The band reportedly claimed that the two wanted to pursue solo careers in the future. Both left on good terms with the band. Durias then took responsibility over most of the lead vocals until international singing champion Kell Gatdula (former lead singer of vocal group Formula) came over on the same year. Months later, the rest of the band members sought permanent residence in the United States along with their families. Gatdula left in 2010.
Currently, Jay Durias is the only remaining original member of the band after Ric Junasa left the band sometime in 2012-2013. On the other hand, Vince Alaras briefly reunited with the band between 2013-2014.