Narda

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Narda
Narda 2005.jpg
Narda circa 2005
Background information
Origin Quezon City, Philippines
Genres Post-Punk Revival
Alternative rock
New Rave
Pinoy Rock
Indie Rock
Years active 2002– 2007
Labels Ponkan Music (2002 – 2005)
eVille Productions (2006 – present)
Associated acts Tungaw
Brownman Revival
Duster
Vince Noir Project
The Dorques
Project 1
Website Official site
Past members Katwo Librando
Ryan Villena
Tani Santos

Narda was a successful Pinoy rock band, widely seen as one of the visible acts in the Philippine indie rock scene in the early to mid-2000s.

History[edit]

Ryan Villena (drummer) had already been playing in several bands in his formative years. He started playing with Tungaw, a four-piece band which frequented Club Dredd in the heyday of the Filipino alternative music explosion in the 1990s. Villena was also a founding member of Brownman Revival (played keyboards), did session percussion work for Tropical Depression, and drummed for Romeo Lee and the Brown Briefs (with ex-Tungaw mates bassist Jing Gaddi and guitarist Mark Villena ).

Tungaw disbanded in 1998, when Ryan formed Lilian along with college friends from his Tanghalang Ateneo days, (which included Pupil's Yan Yuzon, Xander Angeles on guitar, Patrick Tuason on keyboards and Mimi Chu on vocals) in early 2000. Due to line-up changes, their demo was left unfinished. Through Conrad Javier of Boy Elroy, Ryan was introduced to Katwo Librando (who sang with Bent on Crickets) and asked her to do vocals for Lilian. Katwo jumped at the opportunity and Lilian version-2 launched with guitarist Wincy Ong.

After playing a gig at an Ayala Mountaineers party (playing original songs "Crime-fighting Mama", "Tanga", and "Suwerte"), a misunderstanding with Yan Yuzon occurred, which caused Lilian to disband. By this time, Ryan took Jing Gaddi's suggestion that JV Javier play guitar for them because JV's melodic bluesy style would fit into the band's mold. This left Ryan, Katwo, JV and Wincy in limbo, as they had a number of potential pop hits but without a band.

In a chat one afternoon, Ryan invited an Ateneo faculty member, Ed Ibarra, during a break from their graduate studies. With three guitarists, Wincy then took over the bass duties and the group jammed on July 31, 2002. Thus Narda was formed, at that time: Ryan on drums, JV and Ed on guitars, Wincy on bass, and Katwo on vocals.

Narda formed with three main objectives; namely, to write and play their original songs, to have fun, and to help out people. Due to Ryan and Ed’s connection with the Ateneo de Manila High School, a portion of Narda’s EP sales would go to the Tulong Dunong Scholarship Fund, which aimed to assist worthy public school students to study at the Ateneo and other private schools.

By October 2002, Narda had recorded their first EP, "A Postcard From", containing four songs ("Crime-fighting Mama", "Hypochondriac", "Meron Ba" and "Kusina"). Then on December 13, 2002, the band released its second EP titled "Suwerte" (translated: "Good Luck"), also containing four songs ("Tanga", "In The Afternoon", "Leave" and "Suwerte").

Over Christmas vacation of 2002, Narda recorded their stripped-down acoustic EP called "Burador". "Burador" was released early 2003 containing four songs ("Another Day", "Pasensya Na", Santong Paspasan" and "Ang Gabi").

By 2003, Narda was gigging heavily and their songs were earning steady airplay over NU 107. Narda started recording their fourth EP "Salaguinto't Salagubang" in the summer of 2003, which carried five songs ("Vanillin", "Daylight Savings Time", "Saan Na?", "Liwanag" and "Jaywalker"). The EP was launched at the now defunct Millenia on September 2003. By the time, original guitarist Ibarra had left the band for a day job. And former Lilian guitarist Nico Africa had rejoined his former bandmates in Narda, who played during the EP launch.

Releasing four EPs in a span of a year would earn the band several guestings on NU 107's In the Raw Show with Francis Brew. The single "Jaywalker" also started gaining airplay on NU 107. Narda would then go on to win the NU 107 Rock Awards' In the Raw Award for 2003.

In that time, Narda consisted of Ryan on drums, JV & Nico on guitars, Wincy on bass, and Katwo on vocals. Narda then had intense songwriting sessions late 2003 to early 2004 for their first full-length album. Recording the album "Formika" took exactly one year (from February 2004 to February 2005), and was released (under Ponkan Music) on March 5, 2005 at Gasoline Alley. Containing 12 tracks ("Pantalon", "1800-hey", "Kometa Astrolabe", "Nico", "Biyernes", "Glum", "Detox", "Hudas Not Pay", "Tayo Na", "Disquiet", "Lipad (theme from Darna)" and "Salamin sibuyas/tetrapak)". Formika wound up on critics' best-of-2005 lists.

After several gigs pushing their album, Formika, gigging took its toll on guitarists JV and Nico. The two amicably decided to leave the band due to work concerns right about the time Narda was to celebrate its 3rd birthday.

Narda then recruited Jep Cruz for keyboard duties with Wincy sliding to guitar duties again. The third incarnation brought them a new sound, returning to their late 70s to 80s new wave roots.

In late 2005, Wincy left Narda was replaced by Tani Santos. In 2006, Yaps Estagle joined Narda for additional synth duties.

Narda recruited Mike Dizon and Mong Alcaraz (of the bands Sandwich and Chicosci) as their producers, and released "Discotillion" on September 22, 2006.

Discography[edit]

Main article: Narda discography
  • 2006 - Discotillion
    • Molotov
    • Buti Nga
    • Ang Mitsa
    • Gasolina
    • Kay Lab
    • Halik
    • Batang Munti
    • Golden Boy
    • Alta Presyon
    • 100 Taon
    • Kamikazee
  • 2005 - Formika
    • pantalon
    • 1800-hey
    • kometa astrolabe
    • nico
    • biyernes
    • glum
    • detox
    • hudas not pay
    • tayo na
    • disquiet
    • lipad (theme from darna)
    • salamin sibuyas/tetrapak
  • 2002 - Burador
    • Another Day
    • Pasensya Na
    • Santong Paspasan
    • Ang Gabi
  • 2002 - Suwerte
    • Tanga
    • In The Afternoon
    • Leave
    • Suwerte
  • 2002 - A Postcard From
    • Crime-Fighting Mama
    • Hypochondriac
    • Meron Ba?
    • Kusina

Band members[edit]

Main article: Narda personnel

Members[edit]