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Mar 3, 2011
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We know most of you are still hung-over from the first wave of what seems to be the country’s bestest year in terms of foreign concerts—China Crisis, Deftones, Per Sørensen of Fra Lippo Lippi and Yellowcard, just to name a few (Janet Jackson and Taylor Swift, anyone?). [firstpara]

From the looks of things, there’s just no stopping you fans from seeing more of your musical heroes in the flesh.

In a week’s time, on March 12 to be exact, Berlin-based indie rock act The Whitest Boy Alive will be playing their first Manila gig at Republiq Club in Resorts World, Pasay, guaranteed to rock hipsterrific, indie kids out of their wits.

If you don’t think you’re part of this demographic just yet, then allow us to acquaint you with the band and, perhaps, convince you to swing your hips with us come concert time. Here are 12 things to know about The Whitest Boy Alive:

1. The Whitest Boy Alive (WBA) is made up of four white boys. They are Erlend Øye on guitars and vocals, Marcin Oz on bass, Daniel Nentwig on piano and synths, and Sebastian Maschat on drums.

2. Erlend Øye is one-half of the Norwegian indie folk/pop duo, Kings of Convenience. Kings of Convenience also played here in March of last year, together with Swedish pop sensation Jens Lekman, courtesy of Intercept! productions.

3. Erlend Øye has also released his own solo album, Unrest, in 2003 as well as a mixed CD called DJ-Kicks in 2004.

4. The Whitest Boy Alive are currently based in Berlin, Germany, under record label Bubbles. “Bubbles is our company. It takes care of record production, T-shirts and licensing of our music,” says their website whitestboyalive.com. In Sweden, they are handled by independent record label Service. Here, their CDs are released by Universal Records.

5. WBA started as an electronic dance music project in 2003, but have since evolved into a band with no programmed elements. The electronic sounds they produce now are courtesy of a Rhodes piano and Crumar synthesizers.

6. WBA plays a blend of indie rock, electro, funk and jazz.

7. Their Myspace page classifies them as House/Indie/Pop. Their Facebook page lists “good music” as their genre.

8. So far they have released two albums: Dreams in 2006 and Rules in 2009.

9. Their hits include “Burning,” “Golden Cage,” and “1517.”



10.  “1517” was also featured in the soundtrack of EA Sports’ FIFA 10 videogame.

11. WBA are currently on an Asian tour. They’ll be coming from Taipei, Taiwan before their Manila gig and heading toward Shanghai, China afterward.

12. On February 25, they tweeted: “Dear fans in the Philippines. There is absolutely no chance that we cancel the show. But we want to make sure that all the fans of our music know that we are coming and for that we need your help. See you soon!”

Catch The Whitest Boy Alive on March 12, 6PM, at the REPUBLIQ Club, 2/F Newport Mall, Resorts World, Pasay. Tickets are available at P2,500 each, with one free drink.

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WORDS BY: ALEX PAITA

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