The Camerawalls

The Camerawalls

 Manila, National Capital Region, PHL
BandPop

Acclaimed Indie Pop band from the Philippines known for creating sophisticated pop music with Filipino sensibilities.

Biography

Formed in Manila, Philippines in 2007, The Camerawalls is an indie band with a “reinventionist” take on pop/rock and indie influences from various eras, more often than not 1960s rock and 1980s new wave.

The Camerawalls’ debut album “Pocket Guide To The Otherworld” in July 2008 was met with critical success. This was followed by a February 2010 release of the digital single, “The Sight Of Love,” and the EP “Bread and Circuses” later in December. Both releases also garnered favorable reviews.

Often transcendent of the usual labels, their sound is characterized by a lyricism and melodic sensibility largely shaped by singer-songwriter and guitarist Clementine (formerly of Orange & Lemons), together with guitarist George Carillo, bassist Law Santiago (the other remaining member from the original line-up), and drummer Bach Rudica.

The Camerawalls’ music is a sonic tapestry of jangly acoustic and driving electric guitars, elegantly restrained drumming, with occasional flourishes, such as incorporating native Rondalla (traditional Philippine folk music) and other classical instrumentations in their recordings.

The band members share similar influences, such as The Beatles, The Smiths, John Lennon, Morrissey, XTC, Belle & Sebastian, The Pale Fountains, The Lightning Seeds, Trash Can Sinatras, among others.

“If there is one word to describe me and my band it’s REINVENTIONISTS. In the words of Irine Buchine – ‘One that is willing to explore, willing to transcend, thus able to transform.’ I like how my records seem timeless. Listen to it now and listen to it again after five years and it will still sound fresh. I like how we crossover and steadily grow our market in and out of the country basically by sheer discovery and word of mouth alone.” – Clementine

AWARDS / RECOGNITION

Grand Prize Winner (for the song "Birthday Wishes")
The John Lennon 71st Birthday Songwriting Contest
November 2011

Semi-Finalist (for the song "Bread and Circuses")
2011 International Songwriting Competition

"The Sight Of Love" nominated for Feel Good Song of the Year
2nd Asia Pacific Voice Independed Music Awards
April 2010

Nominated as Best New Artist
2008 NU Rock Awards

NOTABLE GIGS | CONCERTS & FESTIVALS

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart Concert (Manila)
Opening Act, February 29, 2012

Timbre @ The Substation (Singapore)
September 13-14, 2011

China Crisis Concert (Manila)
Opening Act, January 22, 2011

Ayala Museum (Makati)
Bread & Circuses Album Launch, December 11, 2010

BAYBEATS FESTIVAL (Singapore)
Esplanade, August 21, 2010

Club 8 Live in the Philippines (Manila & Cebu)
Opening Act, May 14, 2010 (SMX) | May 15, 2010 (CICC)

Lyrics

Markers Of Beautiful Memories

Written By: Clementine/Ian Sarabia

Your face is a welcome interlude
Like a lift back into school
It’s all hearts and flowers

Love’s umpire called time
You have taken root in my mind
Like a heavenly infection
Taking leave of my senses

A riot in the heart
Come ruin or rapture may we never part
A blue mystic light
I carry a torch and a pocket guide
To the markers of beautiful memories

I was given to fits of lost traditions
Now I’m living on sealed confessions
Oh, such a sweet distress

Suspended pipe dreams are touching
Revolving and spinning
Am I accursed or blessed it’s uncertain
Oh, I have faith in my bearings

A riot in the heart
Come ruin or rapture may we never part
A blue mystic light
I carry a torch and a pocket guide
To the markers of beautiful memories

Clinically Dead For 16 Hours

Written By: Clementine

My heart is a terrible failing
I am just beginning to fathom
Love’s difficult concept
Swift beats are bending my mindset

It’s wasting my time
It’s wasting so much precious time
Touring white castles with other survivors
And then without warning

I was clinically dead for sixteen hours
Show me all the things my heart desires
Let this be the longest happy dream of my life
Clinically dead for sixteen hours
Crossing all the roads where lines began
Break my hourglass and let the sands move in time

Three short moons I survived that fatal day
But reaching breaking point,
I sleep and face the knife of fate
And my heart breathe air for the first time
Yes, my heart breathe air for the first time

A stitch in time and skin
Has changed my life and the lives of my kin
A stitch in time and skin
Has changed my life and the lives of my kin

I’m keeping my time
I’m keeping my precious little time
Touched by the Hand that’s been rocking my cradle
I’ll always remember

I was clinically dead for sixteen hours
Show me all the things my heart desires
Let this be the longest happy dream of my life
Clinically dead for sixteen hours
Crossing all the roads where lines began
Break my hourglass and let the sands move in time

No tunnel, no light
No dead love ones
Maybe I need to teach someone
That we won’t realize what we have till we lose them
That we won’t realize what we have till we lose them
That we won’t realize what we have till we lose them
That we won’t realize what we have till we lose them

The Sight Of Love

Written By: Clementine

Oh, a lovely day has brought forth
A series of endearing moments
Like a rosary
I'm keeping track of mysteries

My devotion for this madness
Reflects the beauty of desire
Particularly, when you're requiting tenderly

Wake up to the sight of love
Wake up to the sight of love
Wake up to the sight of love

Hey, I dreamt of neon skies
Wild mignonettes and butterflies
How I fly the nest and go about your little hive
My devotion for this madness
Defeats the errors in my judgment
Particularly, when you're requiting tenderly

Wake up to the sight of love
Wake up to the sight of love
Wake up to the sight of love

Oh, love is in the air
Let's wake up to the sight and sound of love, love, love

My Life's Arithmetic Means

Written By: Clementine

Anytime you need someone to hold on
Even though it’s only words of comfort
Whatever you are doing
You can always count on me

Chemically induced hallucinations
Do you want to heal or push the knife on
I can be the only drug that you will ever need

I’ll be your North, your South
Your East and West
Your pillow, your wine
And your Sunday’s rest
When the twilight sets in
I’ll pin your curtains with stars

Laughter always forgives and forgets
Oh, like a bubble at a touch
I won’t let you break
I won’t even pretend
Cause you’re the value of my life’s arithmetic means

Trouble’s that you share are troubles halved
I’ll carry all the weight oh, turnaround
I’ll even share these dreams to last
For fifteen thousand nights

I’ll be your North, your South
Your East and West
Your pillow, your wine
And your Sunday’s rest
When the twilight sets in
I’ll pin your curtains with stars

Laughter always forgives and forgets
Oh, like a bubble at a touch
I won’t let you break
I won’t even pretend
Cause you’re the value of my life’s arithmetic means
Cause you’re the value of my life’s arithmetic means

Bread and Circuses

Written By: Clementine

We are cooks and crooks with empty plates to fill
Serving dishes for our peers in vaudeville
We dread for their reaction
They get no satisfaction
Their palates’ dulled and burned with misery

And as a child I seem to think of destiny
For reason I can’t explain
Is it any wonder why my life turn out the way it did?
We choose what we have
And sometimes lose more than our bread
You’ve given Life your trust
And it’s been thrown back at your face
To realize what’s right
For the story of your Life

I’m tired of being fed with bread and circuses
This world view seems incredibly conservative
With passion just like mine
Will you gravely read my stones
When I should die

And as a child I seem to think of destiny
For reason I can’t explain
Is it any wonder why my life turn out the way it did?
We choose what we have
And sometimes lose more than our bread
You’ve given Life your trust
And it’s been thrown back at your face
To realize what’s right
For the story of your Life…
For the story of your Life…

Discography

BREAD AND CIRCUSES (CD EP)
Release Date: December, 2010
Label: Lilystars Records
Tracklist:
1. A Gentle Persuasion
2. My Life's Arithmetic Means
3. Longevity
4. Birthday Wishes
5. Bread and Circuses

THE SIGHT OF LOVE (Digital Single)
Release Date: February, 2010
Label: Lilystars Records

POCKET GUIDE TO THE OTHERWORLD (CD Album)
Release Date: July 2008
Label: Lilystars Records
Tracklist:
1. Markers Of Beautiful Memories
2. Clinically Dead For 16 Hours
3. Lord Of The Flies
4. I Love You, Natalie
5. Changing Horses Midstream
6. Ignore My Weakness, Don't Ignore Me
7. Canto De Maria Clara
8. The Emperor, The Concubine & The Commoner
9. Solitary North Star
10. Lizards Hiding Under Rocks

Listen to our full discography: http://thecamerawalls.com/recordings