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.
December Avenue is a 5-piece indie pop/alternative rock band from Manila, Philippines known for their viral compositions online. The band is one of the most streamed OPM bands of all-time. The band is composed of Zel Bautista on vocals and guitars, Jem Manuel on guitars, Don Gregorio on bass, Jet Danao on drums and backing vocals, and Gelo Cruz on keyboards and backing vocals.
Bautista, Manuel, Gregorio, and Danao started out in their alma mater University of Santo Tomas in 2007. Cruz, an alumnus of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, was later added in 2016. Bautista is the chief composer of the band. Originally known for their predominantly English songs, the band has released Tagalog songs since 2016.