Typecast (band)

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Origin Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
Years active 1999–present
Associated acts
Website Typecastrock.com
Members Steve Badiola
Chi Ressureccion
Pacoy Fletchero
Sep Roño
Past members

Melvin Macatiag

Ken Salang

Typecast is an alternative rock band from the Philippines. Originally an underground act, they have surfaced on the mainstream Philippine music scene, while managing to hold on to their underground roots.


Laguna has been home to hardcore punk bands since the early 1990s. Brought up in a DIY community, the band came together in 1999, initially doing cover versions, after that they started doing their own songs. In 2004, they released their debut studio album, The Infatuation Is Always There, which paved their way to become one of the most influential rock bands in Southeast Asia.[1] With the release of their second studio album, Every Moss and Cobweb, in 2007, the band changed their sound from gritty to melancholic lyrics that turned out to be emo. The band broke into the local mainstream with the single, "Will You Ever Learn", which won Best Song of the Year at the 2007 NU Rock Awards.[2] This success eventually led to the opportunity to open for other popular bands such as Thursday, The Rogel Romero Experiment, Darkest Hour, Good Charlotte, Saosin, Anberlin, and just recently, All Time Low, Dashboard Confessional, The Used, and Cobra Starship.

In 2014, drummer Melvin Macatiag quit the band.

In 2015 the band announced its new drummer, Sep Roño.

Critical reception[edit]

Being the No. 1 Top Artist in MySpace all over Southeast Asia,[3] Typecast pioneered the social networking website as a venue for independent music in Southeast Asia and holds the most number of friends and fans in the area. Having often been mistaken for an American band, even Geoff Rickly of the band Thursday said that the band reminds him of the post-rock band Explosions in the Sky. In addition, Badiola's voice has also been compared to Chris Carrabba's voice. They've been reviewed as one of the Most Influential Rock Bands in Southeast Asia according to Magmug.com, an online magazine based in Singapore and Malaysia.[4]



Current members
  • Steve Frank Badiola – lead vocals, guitars 1999–present
  • Chi Resurreccion – co-vocals, bass guitar 1999–present
  • Pakoy Fletchero – lead guitar, vocals 1999–present
  • Sep Roño – drums 2015–present
Past members
  • Melvin Macatiag – drums 1999–2014
  • Ken Salang – rhythm guitar 2005–2007

Awards and nominations[edit]

2008 MYX Music Awards[5]

  • Nominated: Favorite Rock Video - "Will You Ever Learn"

2013 MYX Music Awards[5]

  • Nominated: Favorite Rock Video - "Reverend's Daughter"

2007 NU Rock Awards[6]

  • Won: Song of the Year - "Will You Ever Learn"
  • Nominated: Vocalist of the Year - Steve Badiola
  • Nominated: Guitarist of the Year - Steve Badiola
  • Nominated: Drummer of the Year - Melvin Macatiag
  • Nominated: Best Live Act
  • Nominated: Artist of the Year
  • Nominated: Album of the Year - Every Moss and Cobweb
  • Nominated: Producer of the Year - "Every Moss and Cobweb"
  • Nominated: Best Music Video - "Will You Ever Learn" (directed by Pedring Lopez)


  1. ^ We Like Numbers// 10 OF ASIA's MOST INFLUENTIAL ROCK BANDS Archived March 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Tales from the Aliw Awards.". Vid & Vibe. Inquirer.net. 2007-12-14. Archived from the original on 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  3. ^ Myspace Music Top Indie Artist-Philippines
  4. ^ We Like Numbers// 10 OF ASIA's MOST INFLUENTIAL ROCK BANDS Archived March 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b "Pure Pinoy talent seen in MYX Awards nominees". ABS-CBN News Online. 2008-03-11. Retrieved 2008-06-04. [dead link]
  6. ^ "And the nominees are ...". Inquirer.net. 2007-11-26. Archived from the original on 2008-02-02. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 

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