The place was called Dish. Located inside the ABS-CBN compound, it certainly was large. Maybe even a little too large for our purpose. No surprise since the place was a traditional showband party place. The interiors evoked a certain classy aura. One we were not used to.
We we’re launching ‘Flowerfish’ and the ‘8-Track’ albums. The latter was a compilation of 8 songs from various unsigned bands, which included our song ‘Lemerson’. But I guess the highlight that night was the formal press launch of ‘Flowerfish’. Finally, fresh copies were being given out to the press representatives together with a press kit that Boom and I had put together. The kits came out quite impressive, even eliciting a comment on how we had come up with the money to produce such a professional-looking kit. If I didn’t know better, I might have said I overdid the layouts because our materials looked more major label than indie, which really isn’t a bad thing. In any case, you can never go wrong with smart and clean layouts which was what I was aiming for when I did the CD jackets, posters, and presskits. Kudos of course goes to Nicolas Aboitiz for the top-class photograph for the cover and of course to Kathy Zialcita for the superb band pics.
In the end, what is packaging without the music. So after the press got their questions answered and the requisite footages shot, we clambered up the stage on cue and played our prepared set. We were expecting to play an hour’s worth of songs but since the affair had started late, we opted to shorten our set. Other bands were still set to play after us after all.
And that was how we spent one rainy Saturday night in Quezon City, playing our best songs to a critical audience made up of press people and fiercely independent yet accomplished musicians. Yet in spite of the situation, it felt good to be up there that night. The music flowed naturally and without effort. Like the rain outside that was punctuating the stillness of Manila’s polluted air. Rain that I hoped augured well for our brand new album.