Top Junk

Last updated
Top Junk
Origin Quezon City, NCR, Philippines
Genres Pinoy rock, alternative rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels D Chord Records
Associated acts sessiOnroad, Put3ska
Website
Members Marizel Sarangelo-Placido a.k.a. Tuesday Vargas
Coy Placido
Dennis Leung
Past members Tim Panganiban (2005)

Top Junk is a dance-punk indie rock band from the Philippines. Band members are Izel Sarangelo (vocals, synth), Coy Placido (guitar, bass, keys, synth), and Dennis Leung (drums). Coy (from the band sessiOnroad) and Izel (a.k.a. Tuesday Vargas) are the group’s chief composers.

Dance-punk is a music genre that emerged in the late 1970s, and is closely associated with the post-punk and new wave movements.

Indie rock is a genre of rock music that originated in the United States and United Kingdom in the 1970s. Originally used to describe independent record labels, the term became associated with the music they produced and was initially used interchangeably with alternative rock. As grunge and punk revival bands in the US and Britpop bands in the UK broke into the mainstream in the 1990s, it came to be used to identify those acts that retained an outsider and underground perspective. In the 2000s, as a result of changes in the music industry and the growing importance of the Internet, some indie rock acts began to enjoy commercial success, leading to questions about its meaningfulness as a term.

Philippines Republic in Southeast Asia

The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east, and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south.

Contents

Formed in 2005, the band’s upbeat musical style combines elements of punk rock, disco, pop music, new wave music and funk music. Their songs mostly emphasize on straightforward everyday musings. [1] The band chose a name that reflects the constant contradictions of life in general, from simple concerns to philosophical musings. The group uploaded their demos through various websites and made their initial music available at no cost.

Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. They typically produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels and other informal channels.

Disco music genre

Disco is a music genre and subculture that emerged in the 1970s from the United States' urban nightlife scene. The music, the fashion, many song lyrics and other cultural phenomena associated with disco were focused on having a good time on the dance floor of a discotheque to the loud sounds of records being played by a DJ, usually enhanced by coloured lighting effects.

Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the United States and United Kingdom during the mid-1950s. The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many diverse styles. "Pop" and "rock" were roughly synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they became increasingly differentiated from each other.

In December 2009, Top Junk released their self-titled album under Indie label [2] D Chord Records, and released a zombie-themed video. [3]

In September 2014 Top Junk released an EP titled RETOX, [4] [5] with the carrier "Significant Other." [6] Top Junk is included in the P Fest UK Line Up [7] headlined by Sandwich (band), Pedicab (band), Yano, Squid 9 & more which showcases Pilipino distinguished musical artists.

Sandwich is a Filipino alternative rock band from the Philippines. The band consists of lead vocalist Raimund Marasigan, guitarists Diego Castillo and Mong Alcaraz, bassist Myrene Academia and drummer Mike Dizon.

Pedicab is a Filipino electronic rock group based in Manila formed in 2004.

Yano is a Filipino folk/punk rock band formed in 1992. The band members were originally composed of Dong Abay on vocals and Eric Gancio on guitar. Onie Badiang later joined them to play bass. Nowie Favila was the usual drummer but declined to join the group due to commitments with Ang Grupong Pendong. Other drummers of the band included Nonong Timbalopez, Harley Alarcon and Jun Nogoy. The band got their name when Abay looked through an entry in "Talahulugang Pilipino", an old Tagalog dictionary. "Yano" in Tagalog means "simple", a term often used by Tagalog speakers in the province of Quezon. The group disbanded in 1997 after Abay left the band.

Discography

Top Junk (2009)
Retox (2014)

Related Research Articles

Hot Hot Heat Canadian band

Hot Hot Heat were a Canadian indie rock band from Victoria, British Columbia, formed in 1999. The band was signed by Seattle label Sub Pop in 2001 and released its first EP, Knock Knock Knock, and first full-length album, Make Up the Breakdown, the following year. The band released five full-length albums, the last being the self-titled Hot Hot Heat in 2016. The band's style makes use of electronic and traditional instruments and has variously been categorized as dance-punk, post-punk revival, new wave, and art-punk. They made an appearance on Yo Gabba Gabba, with the song, "Time to go Outdoors". It was featured on the "Talent" episode.

The Locust band

The Locust is an American grindcore band from San Diego, California, United States known for their unique mix of grind speed and aggression, complexity, and new wave weirdness.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah band

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is the musical project of American indie rock musician Alec Ounsworth. The group was founded in 2004 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Brooklyn, New York. Until 2014, the project operated as a band with drummer Sean Greenhalgh being a member for its entirety. Keyboardist/guitarist Robbie Guertin and brothers Lee (guitar/vocals) and Tyler (bass) Sargent were also a part of the band from its inception until their collective departure in 2012. Their debut album, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, was self-released in 2005.

Post-punk revival is a genre of indie rock that developed in the late 1990s and early 2000s, inspired by the original sounds and aesthetics of garage rock of the 1960s and new wave and post-punk of the 1980s. Bands that broke through to the mainstream from local scenes across the world in the early 2000s included the Strokes, the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, The Kooks, Interpol, Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs who were followed to commercial success by many established and new acts. By the end of the decade, most of the bands had broken up, moved on to other projects or were on hiatus, although some bands returned to recording and touring in the 2010s.

Session Road is an alternative rock band from the Philippines. Band members are Hannah Romawac-Olives, Coy Placido, Chavi Romawac, JV Romawac and Jimbo San Pedro (bass).

Justin Pearson is a vocalist and bassist known for his prolific music career, playing in a number of San Diego-based noise rock, punk and grindcore bands, as well as his record label Three One G Records. Starting off in the punk outfit Struggle in 1994, ensuing projects such as Swing Kids, The Locust, Dead Cross and Retox. He has collaborated with Kool Keith, Gabe Serbian, Karen O, Nick Zinner, Adam Gnade, Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Asia Argento, The Bloody Beetroots, among many others.

Honey Bane is an English singer and actress, possibly best known for her 1981 UK Top 40 single "Turn Me On Turn Me Off".

Family Force 5 American crunkcore group

FF5 is an American Christian rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. The band formed in 2005 by brothers Solomon "Soul Glow Activatur", Joshua "Fatty", and Jacob "Crouton" Olds along with their two friends, Nathan Currin "Nadaddy" and Brad Allen "20 Cent" later replaced by Derek Mount "Chapstique". The group has released five studio albums, nine EPs, and two remix albums. They are often noted for their raucous, party-centric personae and eclectic mix of genres, ranging from rap metal to dance-pop.

Pulled Apart by Horses England indie rock band

Pulled Apart by Horses are an indie rock and alternative rock band from Leeds, England. They formed in early 2008.

The Wonder Years (band) American pop punk band

The Wonder Years is an American pop punk band from Lansdale, Pennsylvania that formed in July 2005. Since their inception, they have released six full-length albums, two EPs, and several splits/compilations. The group is currently signed to Hopeless Records. Their name originates from a paper that lead vocalist, Dan 'Soupy' Campbell, read that was written by one of his after-school educators titled "The Wonder Years."

<i>Suburba</i> 2010 studio album by House of Heroes

Suburba is the fourth full-length album by the band House of Heroes. They went into Dark Horse Recording Studio on February 1, 2010, to record it with producer Mark Lee Townsend. It was released on August 3, 2010, through Gotee Records. On April 5, the band premiered two songs on the Eastern American Radio Network titled "RadioU": "Elevator" and "Constant". On April 18, 2010, the mixing for the album was completed.

Deafheaven American metal band formed in 2010

Deafheaven are an American post-metal band formed in 2010. Originally based in San Francisco, the group began as a two-piece with singer George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy, who recorded and self-released a demo album together. Following its release, Deafheaven recruited three new members and began to tour. Before the end of 2010, the band signed to Deathwish Inc. and later released their debut album Roads to Judah, in April 2011. A follow-up album, Sunbather, was released in 2013 to wide critical acclaim, becoming one of the best reviewed albums of the year in the United States. In 2015 the band released their third album, New Bermuda, and in 2018 their fourth, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love.

Electronicore is fusion genre of metalcore with elements of various electronic music genres, often including trance, electronica, and dubstep. Notable artists of this genre have originated from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, and Japan.

<i>Inland</i> (Jars of Clay album) 2013 studio album by Jars of Clay

Inland is the eleventh full-length studio album by rock band Jars of Clay, which was released on August 27, 2013 by Gray Matters label. The album was produced by Tucker Martine at Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, Oregon. It has seen significant charting successes, and has garnered critical acclamation. It was nominated for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year by the GMA Dove Awards.

Coy Placido is the composer and guitarist of the Filipino bands sessiOnroad and Top Junk.

<i>Attack of the Mountain Medley</i> 2012 EP by Eleventyseven

Attack of the Mountain Medley is the second official extended play by the Christian pop punk band Eleventyseven.

Retox (band)

Retox is an American rock band that formed in 2011. The four-piece was founded by Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian, both of whom had previously performed together in The Locust, Holy Molar and Head Wound City. The two additional members are Thor Dickey and Michael Crain. Serbian was replaced by Brian Evans in 2013. Retox has since been signed to Ipecac Recordings and Epitaph Records and released three studio albums: Ugly Animals (2011), YPLL (2013) and Beneath California (2015).

The following is a list of notable events that are related to Philippine music in 2016.

References

  1. Sollorano, Vic "Surrendering To The Punk Rhythm Of Top Junk", GMA Network , Manila, 5 July 2010. Retrieved on 12 September 2014.
  2. GMA "Tuesday's Top Junk", GMA Network , Manila, 23 May 2008. Retrieved on 12 September 2014.
  3. Valera, Miro "Creepy OPM Music Videos", Myx , Manila, 2012. Retrieved on 12 September 2014.
  4. Mr. Fu "Tuesday & Coy To Release Retox", Manila Bulletin , Manila, 3 September 2014. Retrieved on 12 September 2014.
  5. Jason Caballa "Top Junk: Retox", Pinoytuner , Manila, 4 November 2014. Retrieved on 4 November 2014.
  6. Vandals On The Wall , Manila, 1 September 2014. Retrieved on 1 October 2015.
  7. "Finest Workers UK", UK, 2014. Retrieved on 12 September 2014.