Last month I got a text from our band manager about a gig for Esquire Magazine on September 4th. I thought “Hey, cool, Esquire!” and put it on my calendar. It wasn’t until I got a separate e-mail from the Esquire team that it sank in: Cheats was going to play at arguably one of the most important magazine launches in history.
Did you know that September is the craziest (and thickest) month for magazines, especially the fashion-oriented ones? (That’s why the documentary about Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour is called The Semptember Issue.) Esquire Philippines decided that their September issue wasn’t going to be about fashion – it was going to be a huge travel issue. And what cooler way is there to travel than alongside the biggest band in Philippine history?
I’m no stranger to these men, my dad was good friends with them and I used to see them around when I was a little girl.
I see Buddy and his wife Earnest at gigs every now and then, I’ve hung out with Marcus for an episode of my webcast with RA Rivera Saabmarine Teleradyo, I’ve been going to Ely’s house to record Cheats’ album (plus double dates with Jim and his sister Chelo!), and Rayms has been like a punk daddy to me for years now.
Still, there’s something magical when all four of them get together. Okay, I don’t want to make this about me… But I will. Haha! I’d just gone home from my dengue confinement and Jim canceled all our gigs for the next 2 weeks to ensure my full recovery. I refused to cancel the Esquire gig though. I knew there was no way the Heads would play but they were going to be in the audience and I wanted to perform for them!
And then there I was at the Dusit Ballroom, feeling a bit faint even without a drop of alcohol in my system. Almost everyone was invited. Musicians ranging from Chicosci to True Faith, respected peers from different publications, and of course four very important heads were there. I felt so unprepared I stopped talking and just stared into space while the rest of the band drank booze to calm their nerves haha.
Indie darlings Ourselves The Elves (trivia: their guitarist Aki is Marcus’ son!) opened the show and we were up next.
It was so stressful because the organizers said we couldn’t play until they were sure the new music videos would be ready after our set. The band was already on stage for about 15 minutes waiting for the voice over. We probably looked like we were delaying the program a.k.a. GET OFF THE STAGE, ILABAS NIYO NA ANG ERASERHEADS PLS. Chos. Just when Jim and our drummer Enzo decided to go to the bathroom while waiting, the host announced us as THE Cheats lol. The boys came running to the stage to start our 45-minute set. Once we started playing, I was more relaxed and we just sang and danced. Cheats is all about having fun anyway :)
And then the Eheads were called on stage for a toast with Esquire Editor-in-Chief Erwin Romulo!
It was the most anticipated moment of the night: the unveiling of 2 brand new music videos for 2 brand new songs “1995” and “Sabado.” Both music videos were directed by Erik Matti.
Unfortunately, the videos aren’t available online right now but I really want to watch both again!!! Huhuhu. The video for Sabado is up on Esquire’s YouTube account!
Before we could even let the videos sink in, our manager called us to the side and said, “wag kayong maingay pero pahiram daw ng gamit niyo kasi tutugtog sila”
AND SO THEY DID AND IT WAS AMAZING, WE WERE JUMPING IN THE CROWD, IT WAS THE BEST, I WAS SO HAPPY, I CAN’T EVEN (yup, I turned into a teenager)
The rest of the night went great, I wish I had my camera with me but I wanna thank Miggy Abesamis, Mimi Morada and Patrick Lasanas for allowing me to share their photos on my blog! Here are 2 photos from Chelo’s Instagram account:
Chel + Ely + Cheats = Chelyeats #waley #itried
Chelo’s caption reads “2 (e)heads are better than one”
It’s a long story why I don’t have photos from this event but I don’t want to get into it. Trying to let it go pa. Hahaha! We felt like absolute rockstars with our own private holding area and free flowing food and drinks!! Can you imagine the will power I had that night?! I didn’t eat ANYTHING! Woohoo! I did have 2 vodkas to celebrate though. Heehee. Here I am being all “I can’t believe that just happened either..”
Manny and Candy
Mayumi and Miguel
Thank you so much to Miggy for capturing these awesome moments on the dance floor!!!
Sweethearts Mau and Mayumi!
And my favorite photo:
HAHAHAHA! I felt like a young girl at prom. It truly was one of the best nights of my life. Thanks, Esquire Magazine, for making this possible. Thanks, Eraserheads, for being. MAYGANONGDRAMA??
You can stream their new songs over at Radio Republic’s page. Better yet, get the actual CD when you buy the September issue of Esquire Philippines for Php400.