We didn’t know what to make of the sight inside Republiq: Hipster kids in plaids, piques and slim-fit jeans standing side to side with clubbing denizens, models and celebrities.
Then it occurred to us this is just the universal appeal that indie band The Whitest Boy Alive, playing their first Manila gig that night, have. (A brief backgrounder on the band here.) For the country’s hip population, 12 March 2011 will have to go down as one of the most memorable nights of their concert-going lives. The Erlend Øye-led band wowed the crowd with a one and a half-hour set filled with amusing stage antics and spiels.
The audience definitely brought their best dance moves to the floor, too, in response to what TWBA believe live electronic music should be: fun, raw and spontaneous.
“I guess I come from old-school music,” Erlend tells FHM earlier during a round-table interview arranged by Intercept! and Eventscape at Café Republiq.
“I grew up in a town [in Norway] where you had to be a good musician and are expected to play your instrument well. When you go and see [electronic] artists these days, everything is planned. It’s actually the same every time they play. The good thing about a band like us, we always improvise. [There’s always a possibility that] maybe tonight is the best gig of our lives. Maybe we’ll play better today than we’ve never played before.”
Seeing as how the Pinoy crowd received them that night, it might as well be one of the best gigs TWBA has ever had. Here are the highlights:
WORDS AND PHOTOS BY ALEX PAITA