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|Origin||Quezon City, Philippines|
|Genres||Alternative rock, pop punk, hard rock, hardcore punk (early), nu metal (early)|
|Years active||2000–2015 (currently on hiatus)|
Kamikazee is a Filipino pop punk band formed in 2000. The band is composed of Jay Contreras on vocals, Jomal Linao and Led Tuyay on guitars, bassist Puto Astete and drummer Bords Burdeos.
Fans and critics have described the band's music as a mix of pop-punk and hard rock. As of August 2015, the band has gotten to playing again after a hiatus announced earlier in January 2015 and plans to go on hiatus again in 2016.
Formation and early years
The band is composed of five members who met at the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Kamikazee's early gigs were mostly on-campus events in UP Diliman like the annual UP Fair. Before they were signed to a major label, they went by the name "Kamikazee Cornflakes", eventually shortening the name to "Kamikazee". Their early shows included performances of the songs "Mmm Sarap", "Tsinelas", a cover of singer Ariel Rivera's "Sana Kahit Minsan", and Britney Spears' Lucky.
Their live performances have since been known for using expletives, sexually suggestive dances, and references to genitalia. Despite such antics, their music incorporates many elements of modern rock music, such as pop-punk, grunge and NU-metal, on some of their songs. Band drummer Allan Burdeos was also recognized for his drumwork, which according to fans and critics, added extra flair to the band's songs.
Kamikazee released their first studio album in 2002. The album's carrier single was a heavy cover version of Britney Spears' "Lucky". Other notable songs include "Girlfriend", "Ung Tagalog", "Tsinelas" and their cover of Ariel Rivera's "Sana Kahit Minsan". In 2005, the band released "Chiksilog" as part of the Ragnarok MMORPG compilation album Rok On!.
Maharot and mainstream success
In 2006, they released their second album, Maharot. The carrier single of the album was "Narda", which is about the fictional Filipina super hero Darna. "Narda" was a popular hit in 2006, and gained constant radio airplay in the same year, eventually becoming the band's signature song. The song was inspired by GMA Network's primetime show Darna which starred Angel Locsin. Later in 2009, it was used for GMA Network's primetime show Darna with Marian Rivera playing the title role. The band also borrowed from other genres of music in composing their songs for the album, as evidenced by the metal-inspired sound of the tracks "Sobrang Init" and "KKK", the pop-punk styling of the songs "Director's Cut" and "Martyr Nyebera" and the reggae-sounding feel of "Petix". "Maharot" was recognized for its sound, and further propelled the band to mainstream success.
The band maintains close ties with another popular Filipino band, Parokya ni Edgar (PNE). PNE frontman Chito Miranda met the band members in college. In concert events with both bands on the bill, one band's singer would occasionally jam with the other band. During Parokya ni Edgar's live sessions, Contreras frequently joined Miranda in performing songs such as "Okatokat", "Chikinini" and "The Yes Yes Show." In 2005, Contreras provided back-up vocals for PNE's hit song "The Order Taker" while co-member Linao provided lead guitar. In turn, Kaye Abad, Miranda's then-girlfriend, provided back-up vocals for Kamikazee's song "Martyr Nyebera". Contreras later married Kaye Abad's sister, Sarah, on February 12, 2009 at Paco Park.
Long Time Noisy, Romantico, and hiatus
Kamikazee's 3rd Album "Long Time Noisy" took the band three years to put together as the band balanced out their tough schedules. The album was recorded at Tower of Doom Studios with producer Eric Perlas. "Unang Tikim," one of the album's singles, was used in the TV Ad of RC Cola in 2011. The album's writing style and music retained elements from their previous work, mainly in song structure and subject matter such as everyday life, drug use, and personal experiences.
Kamikazee's fourth & final album, "Romantico" was released after being in production for 3 years. The album contained the singles "Halik" & "Huling Sayaw" with RNB singer Kyla on guest vocals. "Romantico" was well-received, despite minor criticism from some fans regarding the change of musical style in the album.
The band announced on January 25, 2015 that they would disband at the end of the year, although clarified that it was not a break up but merely a hiatus on band activities. The band told fans that they would surely see the band again in the future.
On August 2015, the band temporarily reunited to perform a series of live performances. The concerts were dubbed as "Kamikazee XV" which marks their 15th year anniversary in the OPM industry. Kamikazee held their last gig at the 12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub in Makati as part of the "Kamikazee XV" concert series entitled Kamikazee Huling Sayaw (translated to Kamikazee The Last Dance) with Parokya ni Edgar's Chito Miranda as special guest. The band announced that will formally enter into hiatus starting 2016.
- Ferdinand Jay Contreras – lead vocals
- Jose Ma. Luis "Jomal" Linao – lead guitar, co-lead and backing vocals
- Led Zeppelin Tuyay – lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
- Jason "Puto" Astete – bass guitar
- Allan "Bords" Burdeos – drums
|2009||Long Time Noisy|
- Supersize Rock (Warner Music Philippines, 2004)
- Kami nAPO muna (Universal Records, 2006)
- The Biggest OPM Hits Of The Year SUPER (Universal Records, 2006)
- Rok On (Viva Records, 2005)
- Pinoy Ako 2 (Star Music, 2005)
- Palabas: The Best Of OPM TV & Movie Themes (Universal Records, 2006)
- Kami nAPO muna ulit (Universal Records, 2007)
- Another Biggest OPM Hits Of The Year SUPER 2 (Universal Records, 2007)
- Astig...The Biggest Band Hits (Universal Records, 2008)
- From The Album Kamikazee (2002)
- From The Album Maharot (2006)
- "Martyr Nyebera"
- "Seksi Seksi"
- "Director's Cut"
- From The Album Long Time Noisy (2009)
- "Hanggang Tingin"
- "Unang Tikim"
- "Meron Akong Ano" (cover from the late Francis M)
- From The Album Romantico (2012)
- "Huling Sayaw" Feat. Kyla
- Theme song for First Day High film and Rexona commercial
- "First Day High"
- From The Album Kami nAPO Muna (2006)
- "Doo Bidoo" – No. 1 Philippines
- Theme Song for ABS-CBN's Komiks
- Teazz Ice Tea
- Smart Buddy Me Na Me
- Tanduay Rhum
- "Kamikazee to break up after 2015". Rappler. January 25, 2015. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
- LOOK: Chito, Jay share emotional moment during gig - ABS-CBN News.
- Kamikazee on Facebook
- Kamikazee PinoyBanda Profile
- Dyan-banda - Band's 30-minute Urban travelogue
- Tower Of Doom Studios