Kamikazee explodes with new album after 3-year hiatus
It's been long-time, no-see for Kamikazee, but they're charging back big-time with their new album Long Time Noisy.
Known for their LSS-inducing songs like "Narda," "Chiksilog" and "Tsinelas," countless bleeps by the censors and half-naked performances, Kamikazee is back with their third album Long Time Noisy after a three-year gap. SPOT.ph catches up with them in a round-table interview where laughter and respectful po's pepper their answers.
The minute they sit down, vocalist Jay Contreras sets the humorous mood by asking us, "Guwapo po ba kami sa personal? Mukha po ba kaming foreigner? Ay sorry po ah. Palabiro po talaga kami."
We ask why their new album took so long to make. Jay says they didn't expect to have so many gigs lined up after their second album Maharot came out. "'Pag bakante po, nagpapahinga na lang po kami. Nu'ng kailangan na naming magsulat ng kanta, hindi na po mapiga. Nakabuntis pa po ako at asawa ko na siya ngayon," he laughs.
Led Zeppelin Tuyay (his real name; his siblings are named Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, Nirvana and Steely Dan) on rhythm guitars recalls that when deadline day came, they only had one song. This led to a lot of fighting. "Minsan silent treatment, hindi kami magpapansinan. May extreme [moments] din na medyo nagsisigawan na kami, nagbabagsakan ng telepono. Pero palaging iniisip namin na hangga't maaari, madadaan namin sa magandang usapan. Every away naman naaayos namin. Kumbaga, alam na rin namin yung limitasyon sa isa't isa," Led explains the group's tension-taming tactic.
Guitarist and vocalist Jomal Linao says it doesn't matter how long it takes to make an album as long as it's good and that they enjoyed making it. The band has learned, though, that they really need to make time for songwriting in between performances.
Long Time Noisy album art. From left to right: Led Zeppelin Tuyay,
Allan "Bords" Burdeos, Jay Contreras, Jomal Linao and Jayson "Puto" Astete
Long Time Noisy is a collective effort. Out of the album's 20 tracks, only 13 are songs--the rest are sound bytes: singing in the shower, outtakes and thank yous, but the songs are surefire mosh pit hits. Angry, romantic, flirty and nostalgic with a kick, the album is punk. "Kung ano yung napagdaanan namin sa tatlong taong nawala kami nandun 'yun lahat sa bagong album," Jomal says.
Could their new album be their way of making a fresh start since Led was arrested in Dubai for alleged marijuana residue in his luggage? Led jokes, "Siguro po 'yung next album."
"Sa mga interview sa amin, sinasabi po namin na hindi lang naman siya' yung natuto d'un, kami pong lahat. Lahat na lang nagdadasal tapos pagbalik, lahat masaya. 'Yung mga totoong kaibigan 'pag hindi mo sila sinagot, hindi naman sila magagalit eh. Kahit sa mga magulang namin, lahat nagdadasal lang, laging nagtatanong kung kamusta. 'Yun po 'yung nagpatibay sa amin," Jay says. He jokes that if ever they'd write a song about it, it would be called "Ang Paglaya."
Watch for random funny exchanges and bits of practice sessions in the mother of all their outtakes, "Teyk Awts." Listen to their thank yous, the sober and drunk versions in "Isplakitengtenks."
Jomal makes it fierce for the camera
Midway through the interview, Jay shoots a question, "Bakit po minsan 'pag nakakakita kami ng interview, Ingles bigla yung sinabi ko. Hindi ko naman sinabi to ah! (Laughs)" A reporter explains that it depends on the publication and word count. Jay answers, "Nagugulat lang po ako. Loko lang po. Natatawa lang po ako pag sinasabihan akong, 'Ang galing mo pala mag-English.'"
The end of the day, it's the people they play for that keeps them going. Jay says, "'Di ko malimutan nung may lalaking nagsabi, 'Tsong, salamat sa mga kanta.' Parang mas nakaka-flatter pag lalaki ang lumapit sa'yo. Ewan ko, parang mas totoo siguro."
And the groupies? Led interjects that when girls approach them, "ini-i-style-an kaagad eh." But not anymore, he clarifies, especially since Jay and Jomal are now married (not to each other, of course).
Speaking of "unions," would they be willing to collaborate with Rico Blanco, whose songs "Your Universe" and "Yugto" they sometimes cover during live performances? Jomal says they would have no problem collaborating with any artist. And if they ever decide to cover a Michael Jackson song, Led's pick is "Billie Jean," his favorite.
For now, it's all "happy happy joy joy" for Kamikazee. Led says, "Sobrang saya namin ngayon. Basta sobrang tibay namin. Hindi namin alam kung ano 'yung nag-start ng lahat ng 'yun. Inspirado kami ngayon."
Photos by Warren Espejo and Universal Records