Abrasive Relations


Here’s a double feature on Pinoipunk. Classic tape-only compilations from RMD and Akasha Records. This post was actually inspired by none other than Tin Garcia, singer for crust band Alkoholokost. She used to sing for Abrasive Relations, the essence of this post actually. Around a month ago, Tin was inquiring, through my defunct multiply site, about a couple of AR songs that I downloaded from another site. Unfortunately, multiply has restricted file-sharing already so the link has been disabled. Anyways, according to her she already have the tracks but that gave me the idea to post these compilations where AR’s 4 tracks (Massacre at Mendiola, KSP, Bwakaw and Ang Gulo) are featured. Honestly, I only know a handful of info on some of the bands featured here. A few on Bad Omen, The Next and Phil Vio perhaps. But this post is about Abrasive Relations so let’s focus on them first. I hope someone who knows more about them can fill in the blanks here huh?

AR was an all-female punk band from Manila formed in mid-90’s(?). They released a solitary self-titled 7″ sometime in 2001 under Holland based label Astral Anarchy. I first found out about this band when I was browsing through the archives of the MRRRadio site. There was a segment there featuring Asian bands and AR was included along with Brain Failure (China), Mass Separation (Malaysia), Edora (Singapore) and Anarchy Jerks (China). It was aired sometime in 2003 and I eagerly download the audio file just to listen to them. Man this band rips big time. And that’s just hearing the track included in that segment. Wait til you hear their other material: amazing. I have yet to hear a local band who can match their intensity, energy and ingenuity. I can have the measly 4 tracks that I have on my mp3 player on loop all day and it won’t change the eagerness a bit, haha. Well, maybe I’m overreacting but that just spells how good this band was. Unfortunately, they called it quits after releasing their only Ep. From the ashes of AR then comes Alkoholokost. I only saw them maybe a couple of times, and only lately did I know that they were AR, or at least some members were. Maybe I could feature this band next when I’ve gathered more info on them huh? Anyways, sample out these classic compilations if I were you. It’s worth the grab if only for the AR tracks. Enjoy punks!

PS. I’ve also included the Asian feature of the MRRRadio to boot. And if you happen to notice that the AR track played was different from the one mentioned, well, it’s not you. Arwen the host,  probably had the tracklist mixed up when she played that song, hehe. She was supposed to play Massacre but ended up playing something else. Unfortunately, I don’t have a good quality copy of that said song so I have no idea what song it was. Help? =)

VA – Alternatibong Musikang Pilipino Dekada ’90

VA – Sa Silong ng Mundo Compilation

MRRRadio #831 (Asian Segment)


17 responses

  1. Well, bless my soul. Let me show the grrls this great post, Dave. And thanks 🙂

    May 13, 2009 at 7:17 pm

  2. BTW that song from MRRRadio is “On Pain” 😉 Hey, now you know you’ve already listened to it, after all! BDSM rules, haha.

    May 13, 2009 at 7:33 pm

  3. myfatetohate

    Hi Tin! So that’s On Pain pala huh? When I listen to that song it reminds me of Smiles and Jokes by White China, hehe. Anyways, it’s great to see you here. Cheers!

    May 14, 2009 at 4:21 am

  4. henry

    I have the “Alternatibong Musikang Filipino Dekada 90” anyone has a bid to buy it? also have “sa kabilang anyo ng buhay” email me lance_tr3z@yahoo.com.

    May 28, 2009 at 12:31 pm

  5. henry

    Hi, I a have a copy of the tape “Alternatibong Musikang Pilipino Dekada ‘90” . Just want to ask how many copies were released to the market? Thanks!

    May 28, 2009 at 12:40 pm

  6. myfatetohate

    Hi Henry, I have no idea how many were released in the market. But one thing I know, this tape is scarcely found nowadays. You can also find some on ebay.ph for quite a price. Thanks for dropping by!

    May 28, 2009 at 11:50 pm

  7. i used to tag along with this band especially during their gigs at club dredd. their line-up then was arlene – drums, lai – guitar, loi – guitar, and divine on vox. they played their originals along with covers from bikini kill, bambix, l7 and babes in toyland. i miss those days. i was in high school then. i actually videotaped one of their gigs in club dredd. lai & her boyfriend borrowed that tape and i never got it back. i’d sure love to get my hands on that.

    September 18, 2009 at 12:29 pm

  8. oh, i forgot to mention in their line-up – tuesday on bass. 🙂

    September 18, 2009 at 12:30 pm

  9. francis zaitsev

    oneof the most intense girl band before here in the philippines. no pakyut factor, plain punk. USed to watch them olweyz. tuesday was on bass by the way. check out moral rott, biofeedback, mongoloids too. these bands together with abrasive relations really worked hard to keep the scene up before it went boom and bust.

    October 5, 2009 at 8:22 am

  10. ROMMEL


    October 28, 2009 at 4:13 am

  11. dj

    I have been looking for something like this for so long. one thing is stopping me though. whats the passphrases for the first 2 files?

    December 14, 2009 at 2:14 am

  12. watz

    hi sonnee! i’ll relay to lai and rudolf your sentiments. never saw that video more than once as well and vine & i are also looking for it along with our old photos. though this is a year late and maybe nobody’s gonna be able to read this, but thank you guys for all the good words posted here about the band! we did work very hard for the music and feed backs like these makes me think it was all worth the ride! ONE of the best days of my life is actually spent with those 4 girls… =)

    thank you!
    ~watz (arlene)

    May 3, 2010 at 5:21 am

  13. Saturnino Bernardinez

    Hey, The links are dead, could you reupload the comps please?

    June 28, 2011 at 12:56 am

  14. good day… i was just wondering kung pede pa po ba ireupload yung sa silong ng mundo dead link na kasi.. tagal ko na rin itong hinahanap… dito lang pala… slamat in advance..

    September 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm

  15. good day.. i was just wondering kung pede po ba ireupload yung sa silong ng mundo… dead link na kasi … tagal ko na kasing hiahanap ito .. nandito lang pala… salamt in advance….

    September 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm

  16. sannee13

    arlene, i really do hope i could get my hands on that tape again. that was the only copy i had.

    April 29, 2012 at 10:35 pm

  17. sannee13

    arlene, any news on that tape?

    April 29, 2012 at 10:36 pm

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