Kamikazee's Jay Contreras Reveals His Favorite Eraserheads Songs
He says they're what got him into OPM in the first place!
(SPOT.ph) After a surprise performance of Eraserheads' hit, "Ang Huling El Bimbo," with none other than Ely Buendia himself, Kamikazee's vocalist Jay Contreras has now gone full circle. In a video on Offshore Music's Facebook page, Contreras reveals that Eraserheads' Ultraelectromagneticpop! is actually what got him into music. And now that the album is getting a limited-edition vinyl re-release in time to celebrate its 25th anniversary, it's the perfect time to hear about Contreras' experience with the album.
He first heard—and fell in love with—the album when he was in high school. "Nagulat ako kasi parang ['yon] 'yong una kong narinig na nagmura tapos Tagalog. Actually, na-astigan ako," he shares. "Pwede ka palang mag-banda kahit normal ka lang na college student. Hindi naman sila metal, hindi naman sila maingay, pero parang normal lang."
Contreras says he couldn't get enough of the album. "Hanggang ngayon, pag pinahawak mo ako ng gitara, mas marami akong matutugtog na [kanta ng] Eheads kaysa kanta namin," he admits. But that's only because Kamikazee has its own guitarists—lead guitarist Jomal Linao and rhythym guitarist Led Tuyay—so there's really no need for him to know, anyway. "So di na ako nag-gitara, sila na lang nag-gigitara," Contreras explains with a laugh.
He also reveals his favorite tracks from the album, including "Shake Yer Head," "Ligaya," "Tindahan ni Aling Nena," and "Shirley." He says he's memorized the Eraserheads' albums to the point where he already knows what the next song is going to be even if the current one isn't even over yet.
He also acknowledges how the Eraserheads inspired other bands, saying that he also talks about them with Chito Miranda of Parokya ni Edgar. "'Yong mga kanta kasi sa mga album nila, ang personal, pero parang kanta mo rin. Hindi ko alam kung ano 'yong magic ng mga kanta nila n'on na kahit tungkol sa kanila, parang tungkol sa akin din."
You might have grown up listening to Eraserheads' tracks on your casette tapes and CDs, but you can soon get your hands on the vinyl re-release soon. (Only 2,500 copies will be made!) No details have been announced yet, but you can already stream the remastered edition on Spotify and other platforms.