run dorothy

Math rock band Run Dorothy is giv­ing the lo­cal scene a run for its money

Scout - - CONTENTS - In­ter­view by DENISE FER­NAN­DEZ Pho­tog­ra­phy by CRU CA­MARA

THE WORD “san­guine” is an ad­jec­tive that means cheer­ful— a synonym for pos­i­tive, vi­brant, and con dent. t is also nown for be­ing one of the four tem­per­a­ments, the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a per­son lled with op­ti­mism and hope. ee s af­ter meet­ing them in an in­cred­i­bly re­laxed un­day shoot at the of ce, even­tu­ally learned that ilipino math roc group un orothy had named their de­but this very term. San­guine.

t rolls nat­u­rally in speech when said out loud. re­peat the word on my lips, and de­cide that li e it.

nd hon­estly, can t thin of any­thing else to bet­ter de­scribe the band mem­bers— orothy “ ee” ru vo­cals , elix “ asi” asilio gui­tars , hris­tian “ ogs” el ey gui­tars , en­e­sis “ no” iglao bass , ar “ epoy” an­tos drums — and ev­ery­thing that un orothy stands for. hey jo e around on set as eas­ily as they catch each other s rhythm and vibe when they play live on­stage. eo­ple who ve watched them at gigs can vouch for the lat­ter at the very least, the group s chem­istry be­ing un­de­ni­ably present.

n the in­de­pen­dent ilipino mu­sic scene, math roc is a genre that a few bands have only re­cently pic ed up. un orothy stands out even fur­ther by adding ee s calm­ing fe­male vo­cals in con­trast to melodic, com­pli­cated gui­tar riffs in the bac ground. f there is any group on the rise to eep an eye on, it s this one. un orothy is ta ing the high road and there s no stop­ping them from go­ing any­where but for­ward.

From the nam­ing to find­ing band mem­bers, how was Run Dorothy formed?

BASI: t s very com­pli­cated, but here s a bare bones ver­sion of our ori­gin story. e started as a four piece in­die pop band. e then trans­formed into a ve piece al­ter­na­tive pun band, then went bac to do in­die stuff again. fter a year of genre changes, we de­cided to stop play­ing as a band un­til we re­ally had a solid grasp on how we wanted to sound. e were in­spired by the awe­some stuff we dis­cov­ered while on hia­tus. de­cided to round ev­ery­one up, then we got bac to play­ing he only orig­i­nal found­ing mem­bers left are ee and me. ogs, epoy, and no are from dif­fer­ent bands that ve played with be­fore. lot of lineup changes have hap­pened prior to this cur­rent in­car­na­tion, pero

‘eto na ‘ yong pinaka solid. e ve been play­ing to­gether for about ve years. got the band name from ee s real name. added “run” kasi mas may dat­ing ‘ tsaka bagay don sa dat­ing sound namin. othing deep be­hind it, re­ally. Did you al­ready know what kind of mu­sic you wanted to play when the band started? Why math rock, out of all gen­res?

DEE: e ve been through dif­fer­ent gen­res. ome of those never re­ally felt li e home. e re­ally were just jump­ing blindly on whichever genre we li ed un­til we landed on where we wanted to be. e ac­tu­ally never thought that we d end up play­ing math roc .

INO: y the time joined un orothy, it had a more in­die and pop sound. he math roc el­e­ment was from a dif­fer­ent band which is com­posed of ev­ery­one in un orothy ex­cept ee. e de­cided to fo­cus on a sin­gle band be­cause it was weird to be play­ing the same gig with un orothy, only to see the same band with­out the vo­cal­ist. e just wor ed on how to in­cor­po­rate that par­tic­u­lar genre into how un orothy sounded.

Math rock has been gain­ing a lot of trac­tion both lo­cally and abroad as of late. Would you say that you’re one of the lo­cal pi­o­neers of the genre? Which other math rock bands do you think have a lot of po­ten­tial in OPM?

JEPOY: wouldn t say that, now­ing that there s tide edit and om s tory in the scene. ut m still proud and than ful that we re con­sid­ered as a part of the math roc scene.

BASI: eah, there s even usi­cal who has that math roc vibe but doesn t even claim it as their sound. o guess be­ing a pi­o­neer would be a very bold thing to say. ut we re­ally would want to be part of that lo­cal mu­sic move­ment. hat s to say, if there s any.

What is your song­writ­ing process like? Where do you usu­ally find in­spi­ra­tion to make mu­sic?

BASI: Some­times, ideas hit me dur­ing the most in­con­ve­nient times and or at the most aw ward places. Sa , sa el­e­va­tor, sa gitna ng tu­log,

ku­makain. Ganon. So, hum the tune that was in my head, record it on my phone, and then trans­late it with my gui­tar once get the chance.

Tapos ayon na, s im through the ideas, and if there s a riff that li e, build up on it then start lling the gaps and ma e it as co­he­sive as pos­si­ble. then re­lay it to epoy for the drums, which will de ne and ma e sense out of all the mess came up with.

I: nce asi and epoy are nished with the main ar­range­ment, ogs and color the spa­ces in be­tween and ma e sure we don t drown any­one else in the bac ground. he com­mon in­spi­ra­tion is usu­ally pres­sure. (laughs)

D: usu­ally write the lyrics sep­a­rately. hen they re in the process of com­bin­ing their ideas to­gether, that s when try to gure out how to place the stuff wrote be­fore­hand, ma ing ad­just­ments to the words to have them sit bet­ter with the in­stru­ments. also, nd in­spi­ra­tion at ran­dom mo­ments and places

BOGS: Sina asi and ee ta­laga pag­dat­ing sa lyrics, ‘ di na kami nangin­gialam doon kasi sila lang ‘ yong o ay sa writ­ing. (laughs) What can fans ex­pect from your new EP? D: t s en­ti­tled “San­guine.” e are re­leas­ing it by the end of uly ut don t ex­pect any­thing ust id­ding. xpect that it will be full of feel­ings, art, feel­ings, and feel­ings. I: n em­bod­ied with both art and mu­sic. xpe­ri­en­tial. BASI: t s a ve trac with songs about what your heart went through on that cer­tain phase of your life. J: say, wait for it and hear it for your­self. Who are some of your mu­si­cal in­flu­ences, both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally? I: his is a funny ues­tion be­cause have so many in uences both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally but ve never been able to in­cor­po­rate their style into our mu­sic be­cause what they do is too damn dif cult (laughs)

BASI: ol­lec­tively, we share the same love for these bands an­gled air, , oe, ri­cot, mer­i­can oot­ball, olour, oals, oheed and am­bria, ance avin ance, eftones, rban­dub, p harma own. ut per­son­ally, a few fa­vorites are ube­lord, oneen, lex­i­son re, he arly ovem­ber, esu no iwami tome, and sian ung u en­er­a­tion.

D: have a lot of mu­si­cal in uences both in mu­sic and song­writ­ing. side from those that asi men­tioned, there s eath ab for utie, ox­ing, augh­ter, aramore, aramita, uter­hope. Ang gulo ‘no?

J: marosa, ot i e irds, ia­tus aiy­ote, hon, as­pitch.

BOGS: Hillsong United, Va­sudeva, Un­deroath, uneral for a riend, u o. ost of them are the rea­sons why played in a band.

How do you guys work as a band? Can you give us an idea of how your group dy­nam­ics go?

D: e sched­ule prac­tices and song­writ­ing days depend­ing on no and ogs s sched­ules, since they both have chang­ing shifts. ut we al­ways try to tal through our group chats to plan ahead for the band

I: ue to lim­ited avail­abil­ity of the mem­bers, we don t get to write or prac­tice as a whole for the most part, so it s usu­ally in pairs or threes then prac­tice it col­lec­tively once we nd a com­mon sched­ule we can wor on. BOGS: ‘Pag may nabuo na, isa- isa na kami sa pag overnight kina asi para mat­a­pos’yong mga kanta. Do you have any pre-gig rit­u­als? BOGS: Dasal lang, dou­ble chec gamit pero madalas may nawawala iss kay girl­friend. (laughs) I: t doesn t hap­pen as of late, but we used to do last minute prac­tices in­side my car with­out amps J: o be hon­est, al­ways get ner­vous be­fore we play on stage. can t seem to switch it off so tend to down a bot­tle of beer be­fore play just to calm my­self a bit. BASI: Yeah, those last minute car prac­tices are es­sen­tial. Na­susuka ako ‘pag umi­nom pa ako ng beer eh, so a uic re­fresher ng parts ko ‘ yong pan­tang­gal kaba ta­laga. nd ‘ yong “calm my­self a bit” ni epoy— kadalasan hindi a bit, am­ats na ta­laga siya. (laughs).

What’s your as­sess­ment of the cur­rent state of our lo­cal mu­sic in­dus­try?

D: t is evolv­ing nd there are now a lot of peo­ple who are ea­ger to now and lis­ten to new mu­sic

I: volv­ing. he in­dus­try com­posed of per­form­ers and lis­ten­ers is now more open minded. hen have more ap­pre­ci­a­tion for dif­fer­ent gen­res of mu­sic.

BASI: he au­di­ence is get­ting smarter. e re in this age where you re­ally have easy ac­cess to new mu­sic and you can re­ally per­son­ali e the con­tent that you want to con­sume. nd with the lo­cal scene get­ting health­ier and more ver­sa­tile, ang dali mag ex­plore. So­brang daming

ma­g­a­l­ing, not just in the cap­i­tal, mas madami pa sa labas. If your lis­ten­ers could take away one thing from “San­guine,” what would you want it to be? D: he ex­pe­ri­ence. e want them to feel that it is their story. BASI: he com­fort, now­ing that we all went through the same thing. I: hat it felt that we tapped into a part of them they wanted to ex­press but only re­cently found out how. What’s next for Run Dorothy? D: e will con­tinue to write songs and play more gigs nd you never now, we might be ready for another launch I: Hope­fully we get to re­lease an that con­tin­u­ously ex­presses the love we have for what we do. BOGS: e re gonna write more stuff for the next . At saka team build­ing (laughs) J: ell, this is just the be­gin­ning for us. So thin the plan is to ma e and play more mu­sic BASI: t ll be a long road mea­sured by heart­beats.

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