Taken by Cars Live at Mr. T’s Bowl in Los Angeles

If you missed Taken by Cars’ Los Angeles performance, here’s a nice 11 minute video of their set. Yes, I shot this and was that guy with the camera, behind the stage, on the floor and standing on the risers. I apologize to anyone at the show I accidently bumped or stepped on.

Taken by Cars performed “Unidentified”,”A Weeknight Memoir” and one of my favorite’s “Uh Oh” seamlessly blending each song into one another.

I was able to capture certain audience members yelling out disco calls with lead singer Sarah and folks taking notice of Bryan’s cowbell work. Major TbC fans indeed.

Taken by Cars Live in Los Angeles

The sound man at Mr. T’s Bowl is always on point. The band sounded great and the audio in the video is nice and clear.

Special thanks to:
Annette and Dennis (aka the Metallicouple) and
Wendy Hsu (super cool musician/scholar) for lending amps.
Soundbite Studios for fulfilling a last minute drum rental request and
Mr. T’s Bowl for taking a chance and allowing us to book a band all the way from Manila.

– Gary

Taken by Cars Live in Los Angeles

Taken by Cars Live in Los Angeles

Related links:
Download “Unidentified” from iTunes

Download “A Weeknight Memoir” from iTunes

Download “Uh Oh” from iTunes

Catching Up with Taken by Cars in San Francisco

Last Saturday, we flew up to San Francisco and watched Taken by Cars’ first state-side performance. Man, they sounded good. I could hear the hours they put into rehearsing their set. I even spotted folks, who have never heard them before, dancing to “December 2 Chapter VII”. Check out video from the show.

After the show we chatted with Sarah Marco lead singer of Taken by Cars for a quick interview.

Super Astig:
Awesome show Sarah. How does it feel to be touring state-side?

Sarah Marco:
Being here…really makes us feel super happy and grateful.

We’ve brought a lot of heart into this tour.

We’re grateful that we did it by our own efforts and it really took a lot out of us, each of us…particularly to be able to sacrifice our time…rehearsing, practicing for San Francisco, South by Southwest and LA…

And it’s a privilege to travel, to be with each other, to appreciate each other’s friendship, to be in another country basically.

We treat this tour like a serious vacation.

NOTE TO READER: Currently Taken by Cars is not signed to any major label. They put out their records independently and they paid their own way to make the tour happen. Peep their fund raising efforts here. Props to them.

Super Astig:
How does it feel to be the first Filipino band to play SXSW?

Sarah Marco:
We’re really, really proud.

It’s a happy blessing. I believe there are no accidents. Everything happens for a purpose.

We emailed our album (to SXSW) not expecting a response. So it’s really a huge thing for us (to play the festival).

We’ll do our best to represent ourselves.

Super Astig:
Anything to say to your fans in LA?

Sarah Marco:
Taken by Cars will be playing at Mr.T’s Bowl in Highland Park. (Friday 3/16 9:30 PM)

Come see our show. We worked hard to put on a good show for you guys.

It’s going to be a lot of fun.

-Gary

Purchase pre-sale tickets to Taken by Cars’ Los Angeles performance here:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/233096

Follow Taken by Cars on Twitter as they continue their tour to SXSW.
https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23tbcsxsw

Purchase Taken by Cars’ song – “December 2 Chapter VII” on iTunes.

Coming up:
Review of new movie recently screened at the 30th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival – “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank

Taken by Cars: Abduction Tour L.A.



Rock n Roll Research

One of the most rewarding aspects of writing a book on popular music is that checking out gigs becomes a form of field research. And while I’ve enjoyed every moment of “research” that’s brought me to the far-flung sides of Makati (Saguijo, B-Side), Kati Ave. (Route 169), and even up the mountains into Baguio (R.I.P. Ayuyang Bar), it’s been even more exciting to be able to help bring a little bit of the Manila indie rock scene’s energy back home to the U.S., to share with stateside friends, musicians, and audiences.

TAKEN BY CARS at SXSW
Next week, the electro-pop quintet Taken by Cars will be the first-ever band from the Philippines to play on the stages of South by Southwest, a festival of incomparable indie gold status. Not since The Eraserheads’ 1999 win of an MTV Moon Man has such an air of pride and prestige swept over the world of Philippine indie rock. Responding to recent declarations that the archipelagic capital city’s indie music scene is “dead,” I tend to differ that perhaps, in growing older, the scene and its bands are also growing out, setting sights on bigger stages, and moving towards an afterlife beyond solely their hometown breeding grounds.

Beyond TFC and Eat Bulaga
Unlike other Asian counterparts such as J-Pop or K-Pop, Pinoy/OPM indie rock has yet to see a surging and successful crossover into U.S. pop culture. You can blame it on a number of factors—American ignorance and amnesia about its former colony, Filipino invisibility and low production value—but, in our many conversations on music & culture during long drives, the husband and I always return to the lack of knowledge (and, therefore, sharing) by Filipino Americans of what’s really going down in modern-day Philippine culture (outside of TFC and “Eat Bulaga”).

TAKEN BY CARS in L.A 3/16
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Therefore, in its ongoing effort to
a) further a project of “knowing history, knowing self” for Filipinos in the U.S. and

b) share the latest & greatest of Philippine contemporary culture with the world, Super Astig Productions (in conjunction with Party Bear Productions) brings to you the L.A. edition of TAKEN BY CARS.

Join us Friday, March 16th at Mr. T’s Bowl (Highland Park, CA) for a special one-night only event with all proceeds benefiting the band’s costs in traveling to SXSW.

Tickets:
$10 (admission + TbC CD)
$30 (admission + TbC CD and limited edition t-shirt).

On sale now at:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/233096

Taken by Cars “Dualist” CD

Taken by Cars Abduction Tour Limited Edition T-shirt

– Christine

Related links:

Taken by Cars on iTunes

The Excursion Tour Baguio

On September 17th 2011 bands from Manila & Baguio got together and produced The Excursion Tour show at Ayuyang Bar in Baguio City, Philippines.

Fueled with a disregard for the need to earn money or obtain sponsorships to pay for expenses, The Excursion Tour was built upon the desire to simply enjoy the performance of music.

This video captures some of the performances of the night.

Bands that performed that night
Sky Dive Academy
Still
Bagetsafonik
Gaijin
Taken by Cars
Pedicab (with special appearance by Ron Ruiz of Feet Like Fins)
DJ Mon (Team Manila)