Mantis: Domino’s Electropop Domination
Lally Buendia also known as Domino, the sister of rock icon Ely Buendia, is gearing up for a return to center stage in the local music scene with a new studio album. Ten years after Fair Tales released under Viva Records, synthpop artist Domino was lucky to have worked with a motley crew of brilliant artists in the music scene - Ely Buendia (Pupil, The Oktaves), Pat Tirano (TOI), Jerome Velasco (Daydream Cycle), Jazz Nicolas (The Itchyworms), Mikey Amistoso (Ciudad, Hamlah+Gabi), and Eric Perlas (COG) who co-produced the album. Japs Sergio (Peso Movement, Daydream Cycle) co-wrote 2 songs and Aldus Santos (The Purplechickens) wrote a track and recorded guitars and vocals for it. Clem Castro (The Camerawalls) and Wendell Garcia (Pupil) also played on a couple of tracks.
Mantis is a 10-track, all-original album written by singer-songwriter Domino herself. She’s comfortable and confident singing her own songs that’s why she choose to performing OPM more than covers. The album is a proclaimation of OPM’s new era of female electropop which include tracks like “I Love You, But I’m Driving”, “His Song”, “Veil”, “I Die Each Time”, “Eight Days”, “Fairchild”, “Oath”, “This Furious Now”, “To Thunder” and “Dites-moi”.
Mantis’ first single, I Love You, But I’m Driving, video below courtesy of mcamusic.
Domino’s music is a fusion of everything, 80s electropop with jazz, rock, house and new wave, name it, it’s in the album. Hers was a music-i’ll-never-thought-of-liking-it but after listening to the songs live and the album, i find it very melodic, desirable and seductive.
I’m one lucky person to interview this shy doll before she made a splash with live performances into her album launch in SM North EDSA last 17 May 2013. More photos HERE. With her electropop reincarnation and eclectic musical style, she looks up to following the breakthrough success of Lady Gaga and Jessie J, an inspiration who’s exemplary in staging live performances. She also talked about the music she grew up with. Britpop Blurr was her music hero who’s popular also of electronic sounds. In OPM, she rediscovered her love for Itchyworms music with the band’s new album After All This Time.
Mantis by Domino is now out in CDs at leading record stores nationwide under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines). It is also available digitally via iTunes HERE.
Jon Santos: In.Person.Nation
16 June 2012 | Teatrino
Jon Santos impersonated Gov. Vilma Santos, Armida Siguion-Reyna, Lady Gaga and Sen. Miriam Santiago, some of the incredible personalities of the nation today which he had given character and life through his craft in this recent show In.Person.Nation held at Teatrino. It’s a blast full of laughter. A benifit show for Bayan ni Juan sa Palawan.
Some of the show’s best lines include:
Isay Swingsout with The AMP Band
24 Nov 2011 | Teatrino
With special guest: Robert Seña
It’s not our first time seeing this talented couples, but its our first time to watch them in full length in a big band mood, a duet of Freddie Aguilar’s Hahabol-habol marks their undeniable chemistry onstage.
Robert Seña’s version of pop songs (Lady Gaga’s Poker Face, Charice’s Pyramid & Justin Beiber’s Baby) in a big band medley was very entertaining, we love Maestro Mel Villena’s dance stint.
More photos in our Facebook fan page —> HERE.