Top Junk

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Top Junk
Origin Quezon City, NCR, Philippines
Genres Pinoy rock, alternative rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels D Chord Records
Associated acts sessiOnroad, Put3ska
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.


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.


Top Junk (2009)
Retox (2014)

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  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.