Sugarfree (band)

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Sugarfree
Origin Manila, Philippines
Genres Pinoy rock, OPM, alternative rock, pop rock, indie rock, indie pop
Years active 1999–2010
Labels PolyEast Records (formerly known as EMI Philippines)
Associated acts Cambio
Twisted Halo
Ciudad
Wolfmann
Corporate Lo-Fi
The Pin-Up Girls
Parokya Ni Edgar
Website www.WeAreSugarfree.com
Past members Ebe Dancel
Jal Taguibao
Mitch Singson
Kaka Quisumbing

Sugarfree was a Filipino band composed of Ebe Dancel (vocals/guitars), Jal Taguibao (bass/back-up vocals) and Kaka Quisimbing (drums), who replaced Mitch Singson (drums) in 2006. They have five albums: Sa Wakas (2003), Dramachine (2004) and the repackaged version of Dramachine (2006), Tala-Arawan (2006), Sugarfree Live! with the Manila Symphony Orchestra (2008), and Mornings and Airports (2009) --all under PolyEast Records (formerly known as EMI Philippines).

Profile[edit]

Sugarfree was a pop-alternative group that was formed in 1999. Their sound was heavily influenced by the likes of Popsicle, Eraserheads, Oasis, and Radiohead. The initial line up had The Pin-Ups' and Ciudad's Mitch Singson on drums. Singson left the band in August 2006 for personal reasons. Quisumbing immediately took place.

They were signed to Viva Records but their album was shelved. By 2003, thanks to the help of Tracks Studio's Angee Rozul, their freshman offering was picked up and released by EMI Philippines (now known as PolyEast Records).

Sugarfree has worked with a some of the Philippines' premier record producers such as Angee Rozul and Rico Blanco for Sa Wakas (2003), Buddy Zabala and Raimund Marasigan (members of the Eraserheads) for Dramachine (2004), Robin Rivera (also an album producer of the Eraserheads) for Tala-Arawan (2006), and Buddy Zabala and "Sancho" Sanchez for "Mornings and Airports" (2009). These albums have produced more than a handful of hit songs. "Hari ng Sablay" and "Makita Kang Muli", in particular, are the songs that brought Sugarfree into every home.

In 2007, Sugarfree held their first major concert at Music Museum. They shared the stage with the Manila Symphony Orchestra.

In 2008, Sugarfree created and released the song "Pugad" as endorser of Dencio's, a local restaurant chain. In the same year, Sugarfree revived the song "Bawa't Bata", an APO Hiking Society original, as endorser of the milk brand Alactagrow. The band continues to endorse San Miguel Beer and Converse.

In August 2009, Sugarfree returned to the Music Museum with "Dekada: Sugarfree with the Manila Symphony Orchestra" which was a two-night concert in celebration of the band's 10th anniversary.

In 2010, Sugarfree together with other young musical artists sang ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs MTV for the 2010 Presidential Elections which is entitled as "Ako ang Simula". And at the same time they also sang "Panata Sa Bayan" for the theme of ABS-CBN's arch rival GMA 7 Presidential Elections MTV, 50th Anniversary & its theme song of the GMA News & Public Affairs.

In a tweet early January 2011, Ebe has stated that he will be leaving the band by the end of February. He is also set to record his first solo album under Warner Music Philippines.

Ebe Dancel also sang the OST for TV 5's "8 Kingdom", entitled "Hanggang Sa Dulo".

Last March 1, 2011, Sugarfree held their farewell concert called "Paalam Pilipinas" at Eastwood Plaza, Libis Quezon City.

Post Sugarfree[edit]

After Sugarfree has disbanded in 2011, former frontman Ebe Dancel is now a solo artist. Ebe sang the song Purihin Ka, a finalist in the UNTV's 1st Gospel Talent Show, ASOP: A Song Of Praise in 2012. Other former members of Sugarfree had moved to another band since they disbanded in 2011, as of 2012, Ebe still performs on both music and TV.

Jal Taguibao, the band's bassist, has moved on from the entertainment industry to the academe. He is now a professor in the Department of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy in the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Discography[edit]

  • Sa Wakas (January 2003)

(Singles : Telepono, Mariposa, Burnout and Taguan)

Sa Wakas was finally launched at Freedom Bar in 2003. Sugarfree's first two singles "Telepono" and "Mariposa" became staples on every pop-alternative station in Manila and it wasn't long until they hit the mainstream with the hit song Burnout. Within the same year, Sugarfree won Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Best Alternative Recording for "Burnout" at the NU Rock Awards. They also won Best Rock Recording for "Mariposa" at the Awit Awards.

  • Dramachine (July 2004)

(Singles : Sinta, Hari ng Sablay, Prom, Kwarto, Tulog Na, Makita Kang Muli)

It earned Sugarfree their first platinum record award (signifying over 30,000 copies sold) and made Sugarfree a household name. Dramachine churned out the hits "Sinta", "Prom", "Tulog Na", "Kwarto", and the massive hit "Hari Ng Sablay". EMI Philippines decided to release a re-packaged Dramachine album bearing additional tracks such as "Cuida" and the anthemic "Makita Kang Muli" (theme song of the TV series Panday). The AVCD also features a collection of the band's music videos.

  • Tala-Arawan (November 2006)

(Singles : Batang Bata Ka Pa, Kung Ayaw Mo Na Sa Akin, Dear Kuya, Wag Ka Nang Umiyak, Nangangawit)

This album, which means "diary" in English, introduced Kaka Quisumbing as the band's new drummer. The first single "Kung Ayaw Mo Na Sa Akin" was launched simultaneously in more than 40radio stations nationwide. "Tala-Arawan" turned "gold" by April 2008.

  • SUGARFREE Live! with the Manila Symphony Orchestra (August 2008)

On September 29, 2007, Sugarfree held its first major concert at the Music Museum. This was captured on a two-disc album with the same title, released the following year. The live album (exclusively distributed by Dencio's) comes with a Pugad Dencio's premium AVCD which includes the single Pugad, the Pugad Dencio's jingles edits, and behind-the-scenes footage of the music video and album launch.

  • Mornings and Airports (July 2009)

(Singles : Hay Buhay, Feels Like, Hang Over)

Their 4th studio album and 5th over-all album was released last July 24, 2009. Their lead single was Hay Buhay, their 2nd single and 1st English single, Feels Like, followed by their 3rd and last single, Hang Over. It was the last Sugarfree album before former lead singer Ebe Dancel decided to become a solo artist sometime in March or April 2011.

Studio Albums[edit]

  • Sa Wakas (2003)
  • Dramachine (2004) (Repackaged version released in 2006)
  • Tala-Arawan (2006)
  • Mornings & Airports (2009)

Live Album[edit]

  • SUGARFREE Live! with the Manila Symphony Orchestra (2008)

Compilation Albums[edit]

Collaboration Albums[edit]

  • UltraelectromagneticJam (Sony Music Philippines, 2005)
  • Pinoy Ako! Blue Album (Star Records, 2006)
  • KaminAPOmuna (Universal Records, Inc., 2006)
  • Pugad Dencio's (Single, 2008)
  • I-Star 15: The Best Of Rock & Alternative Songs (Star Records, 2011)
  • A Perfectly Acoustic Experience (PolyEast Records, 2011)
  • Awit Kapuso: Kay Sarap Maging Kapuso (GMA Records, 2011)

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Boldstar (band)
NU Rock Awards
Best New Artist

2003
Succeeded by
Orange and Lemons