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? =)