Introvoys

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INTRoVOYS
Origin Manila, Philippines
Genres OPM, alternative rock, new wave
Years active 1986 - present
Labels Dyna Records, 2Heaven Muzik
Associated acts Neocolours
Passage
Bamboo
Kapatid
Raincrowd
Website http://introvoys.com
Members Paco Arespacochaga
Jonathan Buencamino
G3 Misa
Jonathan Dela Paz
Art Pangilinan
Past members 3rd-G Cristobal
Ira Cruz
Jobert Buencamino
Vic Carpio
Paku Herrera
Toto Villanueva
Henry Abesamis
Jonathan Manuel
Steve Guadiz
Chot Ulep
Tim De Ramos
Gary Padre
JJ Buencamino

INTRoVOYS is a Filipino pop rock band formed in 1986 by 3rd-G Cristobal, Paco Arespacochaga and Jonathan Buencamino. The band is now based in Los Angeles, California.

History[edit]

Formation and early years: 1986-1988[edit]

INTRoVOYS was formed in Manila, Philippines in 1986 by 3rd-G Cristobal, Paco Arespacochaga and Jonathan Buencamino. 3rd-G and Paco were classmates in high school, but have known each other since elementary. The first incarnation of INTRoVOYS had Jonathan Buencamino, Paco Arespacochaga and 3rd-G Cristobal in a small rehearsal space on the corner of Katipunan and Santolan in Quezon City, Philippines. During their first rehearsal, 3rd-G taught Paco how to play the drums. Later, they added Jonathan Buencamino's younger brother Jj to play keyboards, Ira Cruz , lead guitars, and Jobert Buencamino for bass guitar. They recorded the song Just a Dream which was released in the 10 of Another Kind compilation album in 1988.

Back to the Roots and line-up changes: 1989-1991[edit]

Due to other priorities, 3rd-G had to give up his position as the band’s rhythm guitar player. The band released their debut album, Back to the Roots in 1990. Their first two singles received a lukewarm response and the band's label, Dyna Records, was ready to drop them. In spite of this, their third single However Which Way, went to No. 1 in Metro Manila in just two weeks. It became the No. 1 song in the country after a month, paving the way for a national tour. Culled from the same album are certified No. 1 singles such as, Calling All Nations, Maynila and Lullabye among many others.[citation needed]. Ira Cruz left the band in 1991.

Breaking New Grounds and Line To Heaven: 1991-1994[edit]

When Cruz left INTRoVOYS, Vic Carpio replaced him as their new guitarist. The band's second album, Breaking New Grounds, was released in 1992. Included in this album were the hits Will I Survive, Di Na Ako Aasa Pa, Binibini and Are You Happy. The album achieved quadruple platinum status, earning INTRoVOYS the tag "The No. 1 Band in the Land".[citation needed]. In 1993, the band released their third album, Line to Heaven, wherein the carrier single was written after Arespacochaga suffered the tragic loss of his parents. This album also included another hit song, "Kailanman".

Greatest Hits...Live, One and Eroplano: 1994-1999[edit]

Jobert Buencamino left the band in 1994 for health and personal reasons. The band invited Paku Herrera of Neocolours to take on Jobert’s chores. They released their first greatest hits concert Greatest Hits...Live followed by their carrier single Living My Life in 1995. The band's fourth album One released in 1996, included hits Tell Me Why, More Than A Friend and Magkaisa Tayong Lahat. This was Arespacochaga's last album and he left the band in 1996 and was replaced by Toto Villanueva as the new drummer. They released their fifth album Eroplano with their rendition of Rey Valera's hit Kung Kailangan Mo Ako. A year later, Jonathan Buencamino was forced to leave due to an illness that caused him to lose his voice indefinitely.

Short-Lived Reunion and Hiatus: 2000-2004[edit]

In 2000, Paco Arespacochaga went solo and released his album called Rebirth, featuring three popular songs of his former band and a collaboration with his former wife Geneva Cruz.Paco Arespacochaga rejoined the band in 2000. Ira Cruz, who had played with INTRoVOYS from 1988 to 1991, rejoined with the original line-up members. Paco, Jonathan, Jj & Jobert Buencamino and Vic Carpio for the short-lived reunion run in 2001 and after that, he decided to pursue other interests. He joined Passage and Co-founded the Band Kapatid. Vic Carpio and Jobert Buencamino decided to retire and pursue other interest and the other members decided to go on an indefinite hiatus.

A Brighter Day and New Beginnings: 2005-present[edit]

After years of hiatus, Arespacochaga, Jonathan & Jj Buencamino decided to get back together and work on a new album with their two new members , Henry Abesamis on bass guitar and Jonathan Manuel on guitars. In 2005, they released the album entitled A Brighter Day. In December 2006, the band released a follow-up album entitled, New Beginnings, a collection of re-arranged major hits and introduced two new members, Steve Guadiz on guitar and Chot Ulep on bass.

In April 2009, Tim De Ramos joined the band as the new drummer while Arespacochaga assumed duties as the new lead guitarist, Steve Guadiz left INTRoVOYS followed by Chot Ulep. In September of that same year, G3 Misa, formerly with Shanghaied and Mystery became the new guitarist and Gary Padre became the new bassist.

In October 2011, at the Tanduay Rockfest, Arespachochaga performed signature INTRoVOYS hits including Line To Heaven and Di Na Ako Aasa Pa. Buoyed by the warm welcome he got from the crowd, he stated, "Salamat. Maraming, maraming salamat. By next year, kasama ko na ang buong banda" ("Thank you. Thank you very much. By next year, the rest of the band will be with me.")[citation needed]

In June 2012, Jonathan Dela Paz became the new bassist for the band, and in the following year, Jj Buencamino decided to retire, thus paving the way for their new keyboardist/back-up lead guitarist, Art Pangilinan.

INTRoVOYS line-ups[edit]

Year Lineup Releases
1986-1987
  • 3rd-G Cristobal - guitars
  • Paco Arespacochaga - drums
  • Jonathan Buencamino - vocals
1987-1988
  • Ira Cruz - lead guitar
  • Jobert Buencamino - bass guitars
  • Jj Buencamino - keyboards
  • 3rd-G Cristobal - rhytym guitar
  • Paco Arespacochaga - drums
  • Jonathan Buencamino - vocals
1989-1991
  • Ira Cruz - guitars
  • Jobert Buencamino - bass guitars
  • Jj Buencamino - keyboards
  • Paco Arespacochaga - drums
  • Jonathan Buencamino - vocals
  • "Back to the Roots" (1990)
1991-1994
  • Vic Carpio - guitars
  • Jobert Buencamino - bass guitars
  • Jj Buencamino - keyboards
  • Paco Arespacochaga - drums
  • Jonathan Buencamino - vocals
  • Breaking New Grounds (1992)
  • Line to Heaven (1993)
1994-1996
  • Paku Herrera - bass guitar
  • Vic Carpio - guitars
  • Jj Buencamino - keyboards
  • Paco Arespacochaga - drums
  • Jonathan Buencamino - vocals
  • Greatest Hits...Live (1994)
  • One (1996)
1997-1999
  • Toto Villanueva - drums
  • Paku Herrera - bass guitar
  • Vic Carpio - guitars
  • Jj Buencamino - keyboards
  • Jonathan Buencamino - vocals
  • Eroplano (1997)
2000-2001
  • Ira Cruz - guitars
  • Jobert Buencamino - bass guitar
  • Vic Carpio - lead guitar
  • Jj Buencamino - keyboards
  • Paco Arespacochaga - drums
  • Jonathan Buencamino - vocals
2005-2006
  • Henry Abesamis - bass guitar
  • Jonathan Manuel - guitars
  • Jj Buencamino - keyboards
  • Paco Arespacochaga - drums
  • Jonathan Buencamino - vocals
  • A Brighter Day (2005)
2006-2008
  • Steve Guadiz - guitars
  • Chot Ulep - bass guitar
  • Jj Buencamino - keyboards
  • Paco Arespacochaga - drums
  • Jonathan Buencamino - vocals
  • New Beginnings (2007)
2009
  • Tim De Ramos - drums
  • Steve Guadiz - guitars
  • Chot Ulep - bass guitar
  • Jj Buencamino - keyboards
  • Paco Arespacochaga - lead guitars
  • Jonathan Buencamino - vocals
2009
  • Tim De Ramos - drums
  • Chot Ulep - bass guitar
  • Jj Buencamino - keyboards
  • Paco Arespacochaga - lead guitars
  • Jonathan Buencamino - vocals, guitars
2009-2011
  • G3 Misa - guitars
  • Gary Padre - bass guitar
  • Paco Arespacochaga - drums
  • Jj Buencamino - keyboards
  • Jonathan Buencamino - vocals
2012-2013
  • Jonathan Dela Paz - bass guitar
  • G3 Misa - guitars
  • Jj Buencamino - keyboards
  • Paco Arespacochaga - drums
  • Jonathan Buencamino - vocals
2013-present
  • Art Pangilinan - keyboards/guitars
  • Jonathan Dela Paz - bass guitar
  • G3 Misa - guitars
  • Paco Arespacochaga - drums
  • Jonathan Buencamino - vocals

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Back To The Roots (Dyna Records, 1990)
  • Breaking New Grounds (Polycosmic Records, 1992)
  • Line To Heaven (Polycosmic Records, 1993)
  • One (Polycosmic Records, 1996)
  • Eroplano (Polycosmic Records, 1997)
  • A Brighter Day (MCA Records, 2005)

Live albums[edit]

  • Greatest Hits...Live (Polycosmic Records, 1994)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • New Beginnings: The Greatest Hits Collection (2heaven Muzik, 2007)

Singles[edit]

  • Just A Dream
  • However Which Way
  • Kaibigan
  • Calling All Nations
  • Maynila
  • Lullabye
  • Will I Survive
  • 'Di Na Ko Aasa Pa
  • Binibini
  • Are You Happy
  • Line to Heaven
  • Kailanman
  • My Girl
  • Kapayapaan
  • Tell Me Why
  • More Than A Friend
  • Magkaisa Tayong Lahat
  • Living My Life
  • In A Little While
  • Desire
  • Nasaan Ka

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