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Indie Pop Revisionists The Camerawalls Rise “Above the Weather” with Music Museum Concert

February 1, 2017

Christine Mazur

Lilystars Records proudly presents “Above the Weather,” the first major concert of The Camerawalls after a four-year hiatus. Backed by the strength and beauty of a 16-piece string orchestra, the thought-provoking melodies of indie pop revisionists The Camerawalls will fill the Music Museum on March 15, 2017.

THE CAMERAWALLS - Above The Weather

Illustration and Design by Justine Basa.

Eventbrite - THE CAMERAWALLS: Above The Weather

Formed in Manila, Philippines in 2007, The Camerawalls served as the flagship band of Manila-based indie label Lilystars Records. The Camerawalls’ debut album “Pocket Guide To The Otherworld” was released in July 2008, followed by the release of digital single, “The Sight Of Love,” the EP “Bread and Circuses” in 2010, and the single “Wanderlust” in 2012.

All these releases garnered favorable reviews, with “Pocket Guide To The Otherworld” meeting with such critical success that demand continued for years after the initial print run of the CDs sold out. Finally, Lilystars produced and released a remastered version in December 2016, now available in both Digital and CD format.

The Camerawalls 2017

The Camerawalls from L-R: Bach Rudica, Clementine, Venj Gatmaitan and Law Santiago. Photo (c) Angelo Maniquis.

The Camerawalls’ sound is characterized by a lyricism and melodic sensibility largely shaped by singer-songwriter and guitarist Clem Castro or simply known as Clementine, together with his fellow former Orange and Lemons bandmate, bassist Law Santiago, and other Bulacan-based musicians including drummer Bach Rudica, who also serves as drummer for indie pop band The Gentle Isolation and guitarist Venj Gatmaitan, who collaborated as bassist for Clementine’s critically acclaimed solo act, Dragonfly Collector.


Pocket Guide To The Otherworld – The Camerawalls (2016 Remastered Version)


The current members all share similar influences, such as The Beatles, The Smiths, XTC, Belle & Sebastian, The Pale Fountains, The Lightning Seeds, The Stone Roses among others. Clementine describes his songwriting as being inspired by poetry, life experiences, The Beatles and The Smiths.

At the concert, guests will be sure to hear all The Camerawalls’ most beloved songs, plus perhaps something new. The band intends to record and release new single in February, with plans for tour legs in Baguio, Cebu and Davao.

Bryan Estepa

Fil-Oz singer-songwriter Bryan Estepa.

Special guest Filipino-Australian singer-songwriter Bryan Estepa returns to the country of his birth to join in the celebration. Bryan Estepa’s gentle voice and bright melodies have the power to lift the heaviest heart with songs both light and introspective in his fifth album ‘Every Little Thing,’ released in the Philippines in April, 2016. Based in Sydney, Australia, Estepa’s musical roots in Quezon City, Philippines, shine through in his Beach Boys/ The Beatles/ Wilco – influenced sound. His strongest feat of songwriting to date, ‘Every Little Thing’ holds appeal for lovers of thoughtful lyrics, memorable melodies and satisfying harmonies.


Every Little Thing – Bryan Estepa & The Tempe Two


THE CAMERAWALLS: ABOVE THE WEATHER is presented by Lilystars Records and sponsored in part by JAM 88.3, Loyal Clothing, Sonic State Audio, Jorge’s Portrait Studio, Ophelia & Co., Pinoytuner, Bandwagon Philippines, Rufo’s Famous Tapa, Uber and Aliya Surf Camp.

Balcony, Orchestra (Side & Center) and VIP tickets are priced at P1,000, P1500, P2,000 and P2,800 respectively. For reservations and inquiries contact 09987900125 or 09053849495. Discounted early bird tickets are available online at http://thecamerawalls.eventbrite.com/

Clementine Launches Debut Solo Project, Dragonfly Collector

December 1, 2013

Christine Mazur

Tempus fugit

Ten years ago, a shy young man from Bulacan penned songs that won his band a major record deal and launched his recording career. Today, the young man has evolved into an internationally respected award-winning songwriter known as Clementine.

Celebrating his ten-year anniversary as a recording artist, Clementine is finally stepping out from behind the curtains as the driving force behind the wildly successful Philippine band Orange and Lemons, and The Camerawalls, and into the spotlight with his Dragonfly Collector solo project.

There Is No Remaining In Place - Dragonfly Collector“There Is No Remaining In Place” is the first single off the Dragonfly Collector full-length album (forthcoming in March, 2014). As of the single’s release date, December 1, members of the Dragonfly Collector newsletter list will receive a free copy of the song via secure download link. Sign up for the newsletter now to keep up with Clementine’s latest news here: http://dragonflycollector.fanbridge.com/

Anyone wanting to both get their hands on the new single and do a good deed for the victims of Yolanda can buy it and Dragonfly Collector will donate 100% of the proceeds to the Red Cross. To donate follow this link: http://music.lilystars-records.com/track/there-is-no-remaining-in-place-single

There Is No Remaining In Place


The first single from Clementine’s Dragonfly Collector project marks a turning point in his songwriting career. With a host of collaborators at his side including high school bandmates, professional colleagues and an international connection, Clementine’s emergent sound as Dragonfly Collector will have listeners spellbound in rapt attention.

Both old and new come together, old influences merging with new ideas. Guitarist Kakoy Legaspi lends an ingenious inventiveness, creating bullet train-like sound effects on his guitar in the intro. Fans of The Smiths will instantly recognize the New Wave cornerstone group’s influences in the opening aggressive bass and pounding off-beat drums, not to mention a smooth vocal line and introspective lyrics. The Paul McCartney side of the Beatles emerges later in sweeping keyboard chords and a mellow major key section arising out of the driving, searching minor part.

A swaying waltz rhythm adds to the intensity of the driving motion, making listeners feel like they’re on a journey with the singer, telling of journeying toward a new, unknown future. And so Clementine is venturing into a new leg of his songwriting life with this exciting new work.

Visit the official site: http://dragonflycollector.com

Track Credits

Words and Music by Clementine

Produced by Clementine and Jonathan Ong
Recording, Mixing and Mastering by Chrisanthony Vinzons at Sonic State Audio Studio, Manila

Musicians:
Clementine – vocals, acoustic guitars
Kakoy Legaspi – electric guitars
Wowee Posadas – piano, keyboards
Christine Mazur – cello
Vengee Gatmaitan – bass
Jojo Gatmaitan – drums

Artwork and Illustrations by Ige Trinidad
Photo by Paulo Legaspi