Thursday, June 13, 2013


This is a follow up article about the Iconic and Influential OPM Band Rivermaya as they return in the local recording scene with their newest album under Universal Records ‘Panatang Makabanda’.
Iconic because of still being in the industry; rocking for two decades now despite the many times they changed lead vocals. Usually when a lead vocalist leaves the band, it ends up to disbandment. Band members can either be committed to the band or to the music. Only seldom that we see band members being committed to both. If you are committed to the band you stick with them whatever happens and if you are committed to the music, you can leave and grow outside of your comfort zone and do music somewhere else. Influential not just because of the many times their songs have affected the lives of ordinary people but also being an inspiration to starting bands and musicians.
I grew up listening to the songs of Rivermaya, from Ulan, to 214, to KisapMata, to Himala, to You’ll be Safe Here and many more. Their music has evolved from Bamboo Manalac’s peerless voice and delivery to Rico Blanco’s dramatic interpretation to now Mark Escueta’s relax singing style. He used to do back-up vocals for the band and now after many years is finally doing the lead. I listened to all songs in the album. ‘Hey Goodbye’, ‘Can’t Hide It Anymore’ and ‘Song About You’ are few of my favorites. He sounds like a little of Ely Buendia; vibrant and engaging.
Their latest single ‘Pilipinas, Kailan Ka Magigising’ was one of the reasons why Aerosmith chose them to be the opening act of the foreign band's concert in Manila, May of 2013. Who would have thought that 15 years ago, Mark was just wishing for the band to be an opening act for this International Band; now it finally came true!
Rivermaya offered a self-produced album for distribution under Universal Records. The recording label instead offered a contract to not only distribute the new album but also produce it. With that, the band joins an elite list that includes Parokya ni Edgar, Sponge Cola and Calla Lily.

Also in the album is a collaboration with award winning rapper Gloc-9 titled ‘Nasa Sa ‘Yo’ which will most likely be their next single. Rivermaya is now composed of Mark Escueta, Norby David, Mike Elgar and Ryan Peralta. 

Here are the tracks:

1.       Pilipinas, Kailan Ka Magigising?
2.       Malayang Magmahal
3.       Tayo Lang Dalawa
4.       Magic Wand
5.       Tayo
6.       Hey Goodbye
7.       Nasa Sa ‘Yo
8.      Can’t Hide it Anymore
9.       Song About You
10.   The Better One
11.    Perfect Crime
12.    Paalam

‘Panatang Makabanda’ is available in all record bars nationwide for only P350 and you can also download the album on iTunes and

Stay in touch with Rivermaya through their facebook page and Instagram: @rivermayaband
 and also check out the bands voice blogs on the Bubbly App for iOS or Android.
 Their official website is

Mabuhay ang Pinoy Rock!