Vinyl Day Diaries: Three Local Acts Share Their Vinyl Stories, Experience, And Recos!

Read about our chat with Lola Amour, Over October, and Oh, Flamingo! on all things vinyl.

Music brings people closer, and last Saturday proved this as Satchmi mounted its 2019 installment of the annual Vinyl Day—all 1,500 (and more) music fans packed in The Axon, Green Sun, to celebrate all things music.

The astronomy-themed event took 15 local acts together onstage, with performances by Jarlo Base, Clara Benin, Over October, Extrapolation, Kremesoda, I Belong to the Zoo, Dante & Amigo, We Are Imaginary, Any Name’s Okay, Munimuni, Lola Amour, Reese Lansangan, Cheats, Oh, Flamingo!, and Autotelic. Aside from the musical spectacle, the crowd went into a frenzy over the vinyl records on sale, too—think scouring through countless records, all while jamming to your OPM favorites!

This celebration for such a novelty piece is a tribute to the classics. Imagine back in the good ol’ days when music streaming or mp3s (or even cassettes!) weren’t invented yet—the traditional way of consuming music was done through a turntable and a big disc. Even the new generation of musicians is glad for this comeback!

EXPLORE got to hang out with three of the hottest bands in the local music scene today—Lola Amour, Over October, and Oh, Flamingo!—to talk about their experience playing for the gig and their memories of vinyls. And of course, we asked for record recommendations, too! Read on!

Vinyl Day Then and Now

“It’s nice playing for Vinyl Day because it’s specifically promoting vinyl and celebrating how music was,” Angelo Mesina of Lola Amour, who played for Vinyl Day for the first time, tells EXPLORE. The event opened doors for other artists to explore their musicality as well, and to discover inspiration for acts and fans both on tape and live.

Take Oh, Flamingo! for example, who, for their Vinyl Day set, invited saxophonist Daryl Ladiola to play with them! The result? A rich, eargasmic experience like never before.

Meanwhile, Over October recalls a previous Vinyl Day set a few years back. “The funny thing was people are just literally looking through vinyls while we’re playing,” Joric Canlas shares. Fast-forward to the present, things have changed—for the better. “The crowd is more receptive now. There are more people watching us,” Janessa Geronimo muses.

Vinyl Memories Remembered

Angelo remembers the vinyl collection at his father’s house. “I found a record, I think it’s called an EP. It’s a smaller one compared to the LPs. It has one song called the “Voltes V Theme”. I think sobrang interesting lang,” he remarks.

Janessa’s dad also collects vinyls, which he left in their province of Isabela. Sadly, the house burned down—along with her father’s precious collection. “Yun ’yung masakit sa kanya. More than losing the house, it was losing his vinyls too,” she says.

It’s going through her dad’s collection for Oh, Flamingo’s Pat Sarabia. “Seeing what he listened to when he was my age, parang I had a perspective, some are really bad, some are good,” the drummer shares.

Meanwhile, Howard Luistro rewinds to a moment from a year ago. “Yung old turntable ni Pappu [de Leon, lead guitarist], sa ’kin na ’yun ngayon. Do’n ko first time na-try to play vinyl on a real turntable—mind-blowing siya. Tapos pinakitaan niya ako ng scratching, sobrang amazed ako na pwede mong i-control ’yung record with your hand,” he reveals.

Pappu adds, “Tumatalon siya from auditory to physical experience. ’Yun ’yung key difference versus nakikinig ka lang sa mp3.”

Vinyls On Their Crate

Lola Amour gives their thumbs up to Carly Rae Jepsen’s Emotion, Bon Iver’s 22, A Million, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Stadium Arcadium, and Damien Rice’s O.

For Over October, one of their music influences, John Mayer, collectively dominates their list, noting down Room for Squares, Born and Raised, and Continuum as specifics.

Finally, Oh, Flamingo! goes for The Beatles’ Revolver (Howard says, “It’s the album na pinaka-friends sila, so I think that’s their best work as a group. Also, maraming individual songs from there na na-predict yung different movements in rock music.”) and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (trivia: Pappu owns a picture disc of this!), and Ella Fitzgerald and Ellis Larkins’s Ella & Ellis.

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