Sandwich

Sandwich

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You don’t have to know their songs to appreciate them live. Sandwich will make your toes curl with their tight rhythms, melodic face-melting guitars, and off the cuff onstage presence. They just want to rock goddamit.

Biography

One of Manila’s most idiosyncratic rock bands, celebrates its fifteenth year in 2013 with the release of their seventh album FAT, SALT AND FLAME.

Much like all great art, the songs of Sandwich have that quality of being fresh yet familiar at the same time. Listening to a Sandwich record is like opening up a wormhole into an entirely different dimension and yet coming home. It’s like wolfing down pancakes at the opening of a Saatchi showdown. Or saying “boat” over and over again until it doesn’t make sense anymore.

But really, all they wanted in the beginning was some merch.

When Sandwich came together in 1998, Diego Castillo and Raymund Marasigan would sit for hours fantasizing about their band name on a t-shirt. And maybe a logo on the kick drum. Raymund was pulling at the bit to play guitar after ten years as the drummer for his other band The Eraserheads. Diego said he knew some people, who knew some people. So they plucked Myrene Academia and Mike Dizon out of obscurity and Sandwich was born.

Well, relative obscurity anyway: Myrene was a radio disc jockey at the local rock station and Mike was playing drums for beloved grunge band The Teeth. For their first three albums there was also Marc Abaya, boy wonder on lead vocals and guitar, discovered jamming a Beastie Boys track at their future video director’s basement party. After they got together for their first rehearsal, merch dreams fell by the wayside. Now they wanted an album. They released GRIP STAND THROW in 1999.

The band hit the reset button after their third record. Marc graduated from college, got too busy and had to leave. It was also their first independent album which meant lugging boxes of CDs to warehouses, and boxes of donuts to radio stations. Raymund took on frontman duties, while Mong Alcaraz, guitar sweetheart of Chicosci fame, joined the band officially after inadvertently learning the songs from his roommate, Diego. Three albums later they’ve toured the country many times over, and have played festivals in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, China, New York and LA.

The latest Sandwich album is slated for release in April. They just want to play your town.

AWARDS

* Best New Artist (1999 NU Rock Awards)
* Song of the Year - "Butterfly Carnival" (1999 NU Rock Awards)
* Album of the Year - "Grip Stand Throw" (1999 NU Rock Awards)
* Best Performance of a New Duo or Group Recording Artist - "Butterfly Carnival" (2000 Awit Awards)
* Best Alternative Artist (2000 99.5 RT Music Awards)
* Album of the Year - "4-Track Mind" (2001 NU Rock Awards)
* Producer of the Year - "Thanks To The Moon's Gravitational Pull" (2004 NU Rock Awards)
* Favorite Indie Artist (2006 MYX Music Awards)
* Rock Video of the Year - "Sugod" (2006 NU Rock Awards)
* Best Album Packaging - "Five on the Floor" (2006 NU Rock Awards)
* Guitarist of the Year - Mong Alcaraz (2006 NU Rock Awards)
* Bassist of the Year - Myrene Academia (2006 NU Rock Awards)
* Best Male Award - Mong Alcaraz (2006 NU Rock Awards)
* Video of the Year - "Sugod" (2006 MTV Pilipinas Music Awards)
* Rock Video of the Year - "DVDX" (2007 NU Rock Awards)
* Best Live Act (2008)
* Song of the Year - "Betamax" (2008 NU Rock Awards)
* Favorite Artist (2011 MYX Music Awards)
* Favorite Rock Video - "Lakad" (2011 MYX Music Awards)

EXTRAS

* Brand endorsements: Nike, Frenzy, Coca-Cola, Cafe Puro, Rayban, Smart Bro.

* International festivals played: AYAF Music Festival (China), Future Music Festival (Malaysia), Filipino Music Festival (Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA), Clockenflap (Hong Kong).

Lyrics

Procrastinator

Written By: Sandwich

You gotta run don't walk
Its really late
When you get off the train
Meet me at the gate
You gotta push don't shove
Get it out of the way
Don't wait any longer
Do it today
You can count on me
I'm gonna get it done (get it done)
Before the night segues to day
Before the city wakes
Before the rooster shakes
Before the icing hits the cake
We gotta operate

You gotta glide don't slip
Get your balance right
Ride with the wind
It's a beautiful sight
You gotta skip don't jump
The little bumps on the way
Don't let it get to you
Don't listen to what they say
(Just leave don't stay)
You can count on me
I'm gonna get it done (get it done)
Before the night segues to day
Before the city wakes
Before the rooster shakes
Before the icing hits the cake
We gotta operate

You gotta squeeze don't pull
Hold that grip steady (hold steady that grip)
You know its all lining up
You can never be ready
You gotta seek don't hide
Don't sit and wait
Cos it may pass you by
And it will be too late
You can count on me
I'm gonna get it done (get it done)
Before the night segues to day
Before the city wakes
Before the rooster shakes
Before the icing hits the cake
We gotta operate

Sonic death monkey

Sunburn

Written By: Sandwich

Here she comes
Coming out of the water
Here she comes
Coming straight at me
Here she comes
Coming out of the water
Here she comes
Summer refugee

I just wanna be on the beach

Here she comes
Golden island senorita
Here she comes
Slowmo freeze the frame

Here she comes
Golden island senorita
Here she comes
Do you know her name?

I just wanna be on the beach

I need to get away from the city
I need to get away from the work
I need to get away from the traffic
I need to get away
Got to get away

I just wanna be on the beach

Back For More

Written By: Sandwich

Love came and punched me in the eye
It didnt stop until I'm blind
It kicked me, knocked me to the ground
I made a sound

Do you feel the way I feel?

Love stripped me bare, tore me apart
Ran over me and crushed my heart
The dirt was bitter, blood was cold
My life was sold

I never felt this way before
I'm coming back for more

Love burned me threw me in a hole
It tried to steal away my soul
I will be there in a while
And then you smiled

In Case of Fire

Written By: Sandwich

If the water fails to rise up
To the flames to pose a challenge
We’ll be running from the fire
Shout have mercy
If a runner wins the rally
Despite his limp from his past journeys
She’ll be hiding with the winner
Say you love me

I’d go down with you if
You’d go down with me
All the way
And all the way you know

Break the glass in case of fire
Was the last thing that she told me
And with that she went to seek out a new hobby
Push the button in case of panic
A manual rule of this fantastic
Everlasting change of setting
Manic static

I’d go down with you if
You’d go down with me
All the way
And all the way you know

And I can see the reasons
Despite all the treason
I’ll be waiting all the way for you
All the way for you

Discography

ALBUMS
Grip. Stand. Throw. (1998)
Four-Track Mind (2000)
Thanks To The Moon's Gravitational Pull (2003)
Five On The Floor (2006)
S Marks The Spot (2008)
Contra Tiempo (2010)
Fat Salt & Flame (2013)

OST
"Humanda Ka" from the video game Tantra Neo Oriental Fantasy (2004)
"Nginiiig" from the television show Nginiiig (2005)
"Super Noypi" from the movie Super Noypi (2006)
"UPCAT" from the movie UPCAT (2007)
"Zaido" from the television show Zaido Pulis Pangkalawakan (2008)
"Mayday" from the movie Ang Nawawala (What Isn't There) (2012)
"Kidlat" from the television show Kidlat (2013)

OTHER SINGLES
"Bakit Ang Babae" from the tribute album Kami nAPO Muna (2006)
"Simbang Gabi" from the album Sakto sa Pasko (2008)
"Mi Ultimo Amor" from the compilation Rock Rizal (2011)

Set List

Mayday
Betamax
DVDX
Pray For Today
Two Trick Pony
Sunburn
Selos
Masilungan
Back for More
Procrastinator
Sugod
+more