6 Underrated Local Bands You Need to Add to Your Playlist ASAP!

Mar 26, 2023 0 comments

Are you ready for another round of discovering awesome Filipino bands? We know you are! We're back with more music recommendations that will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time. These bands may not be getting as much attention as they deserve, but we're here to change that. Get ready to be the trendsetter in your group as you introduce them to these amazing musicians. 

So, grab your headphones and let's dive into the world of underrated Filipino bands. Who knows, you might just find your new favorite band!

Better Days

Get ready to groove and feel the good vibes with Better Days! This band is composed of Nigel on guitar and main vocals, Nimroi on keyboard and back up vocals, Jian on bass, and Raph on drums and back up vocals.

So, what's the story behind their cool band name? Well, Better Days is all about spreading positivity and making music that celebrates the better days to come. They're here to bring joy and happiness through their music.

Better Days' members met each other through referrals and online connections. Nigel, Jian, and Raph were already active in bands, and Nimroi was introduced to them by mutual friends. Together, they create a unique sound that's a mix of RnB, Jazz, Funk, and a bit of Rock. Their music is inspired by both local and international artists, such as APO Hiking Society, Orange and Lemons, UDD, Daniel Caesar, John Mayer, Jeremy Passion, and more.

 The sees themselves continuing their journey together as a band and exploring new sounds to develop their identity as musicians. Fans can expect continuous active interaction with the community, more gigs, and music content that speaks about the different realities we experience, as hopeful souls who face the obstacles of life in pursuit of our dreams. So, are you ready to feel the good vibes and groove with Better Days? Let's go!

Broken Infinities

let us introduce you to the incredible band, Broken Infinities! This group is all about creating music that speaks to the soul and lifts the spirit. So, who makes up the band? Well, we have Anton Gonzalez leading the vocals and writing the lyrics, John Malabanan shredding on the lead guitar, Joaquin Amante creating the magical sounds on the keys, Raffy Briones keeping the beat on the drums, and last but not least, Raph Morallo bringing the extra magic on the bass.

But what about their name, you ask? Well, it might surprise you to know that it was the first name that came to mind and they've been sticking with it ever since. These guys are all about going with the flow and creating music that feels right in the moment.

They started out as a group of friends hanging out in the music room in high school and discovered their shared love for creating music together. Their sound is a mixture of alternative rock, with inspiration from U2, Tears for Fears, and The Killers, blended with more pop-focused sounds of Coldplay, M83, and CHVRCHES.

As for their plans for the future, Broken Infinities is taking things one step at a time, focusing on releasing new albums, playing gigs, and getting more involved with the music community. Fans can expect them to continue evolving their sound and pushing their creative boundaries to create even more inspiring music.


Introducing HEY JUNE - the band that's more than just a clever Beatles reference! the band that's making waves in the local music scene with their infectious beats and charming personalities. Composed of Jim, Coey, and Aci, this trio of talented musicians came together during the height of pandemic restrictions and bonded over their shared love for alternative rock music.

Despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic, HEY JUNE made the most out of their lock-ins, where they practiced, jammed, and worked on their music. They were formed by Sir Darwin of Soupstar Music, who recognized their potential and helped them get their start.

Now, HEY JUNE is gearing up to release their first EP this June, which will surely get fans grooving to their catchy tunes. Their music is not limited to one genre, as they like to explore and experiment with different sounds. This young band is definitely one to watch out for, as they aim to perform on bigger stages and reach all parts of the Philippines with their music.

So, keep an eye out for HEY JUNE as they continue to make their mark in the music industry. You can follow them on their social media accounts, @heyjunemusic, to stay updated on their latest releases and gig schedules.


Meet HNT, the band that's all about hanging in there! They consist of Chloe Hambre, who's the lead vocalist and guitarist, John Cruspero on bass, and Brent Luardo on drums. How did they come up with their name? Well, it's a shortened version of "Hang in There", which became their mission during the pandemic. They aim to relate and empathize with others through music.

The band's formation was a natural process. Brent and Chloe were high school classmates who joined the school's battle of the bands. Brent and John, on the other hand, were church mates and part of the music ministry. After Brent introduced John to Chloe, they all started to enjoy the process of creating music and discussing their thoughts together.

HNT loves different genres of music, but they're most inspired to play blues and pop rock. In 5 or 10 years, they dream of playing on a big stage with their audience singing along to their songs. They also hope to release albums and EPs, charting high and reaching the top of the industry.

Fans can expect HNT to deliver passionate and sincere music. They won't stop making songs and aim to use their music as a way to express themselves. They hope that listeners and fans will use their music as a medium to express themselves too. So let's all hang in there with HNT and vicariously live through each other's stories!

Lock Out Season

Curious about the band name? It's a reference to NBA's 2011 lockout season, a fun nod to how pop-punk bands love to reference sports. Get ready to rock out with River Strauss as the vocalist and principal songwriter, Rico Leonardo on guitar, CJ Cagandahan also on guitar, Ervin Manalo slamming the drums, and Anton Conejero shredding on bass.

These five friends came together in 2017 when singer-songwriter River Strauss reached out to sound-engineer Rico Leonardo to produce some original songs. They thought it would be a blast to get some friends together and see how the songs would sound with dynamic drums and heavy electric guitars. CJ Cagandahan, Ervin Manalo, and Anton Conejero joined in and the rest is history.

The band's music is emo pop-punk, with a sound reminiscent of the 2000s. Fans of artists like Mayday Parade, The Wonder Years, The Menzingers, Movements, Modern Baseball, and similar bands will enjoy Lockout Season's sound.

What's in store for the future? Lockout Season is an independent self-managed band, planning to release new music every year at a steady pace. In five or ten years, they would have likely released 2-3 full-length albums, tackling themes of growing pains, adult friendships, and trying your best during times of hardship. They also hope to grow a fanbase that resonates with their music and have live audiences singing back their lyrics one day.

Lockout Season's members all have day jobs, but they hope to focus on the band full-time in 10 years. In the meantime, fans can expect at least one more single this year and the band is heavily focused on playing as many shows as they can. Get ready to rock with Lockout Season!


Meet SEATMATES, the band that’s ready to take on the world with their infectious brand of alternative pop-rock!

Here’s who’s who in the band: Mark Tompong on rhythm guitar, Genesis Ragandan on vocals, Ian Bautista on lead guitar, Damiel Maglaque on bass, and David Victor on drums.

 The story behind their name is as quirky as it gets. During one of their first gigs in February 2020, they found themselves sitting together on a bench, waiting for their turn to perform. In a spur of the moment decision, they decided to call themselves “SEATMATES”. The rest, as they say, is history.

SEATMATES started when best friends Genesis and Ian decided to form a band in their late 20s. They invited Mark, David, and Damiel to join in and they’ve been creating music together ever since.

Their music can be described as alternative pop-rock, with influences ranging from indie to punk to emo. Their sound is a refreshing mix of catchy hooks, thoughtful lyrics, and a raw, unfiltered energy that’s sure to get you moving.

In 5 or 10 years, the band sees themselves still performing at concerts, radio shows, and bar gigs. They call themselves the “tito band” and they’re proud of it! They’re in it for the long haul, and they’re here to bring their music to as many people as possible.

Fans can expect nothing but explosive performances from SEATMATES, filled with infectious energy and lovely lyrics that speak to the heart. So, what are you waiting for? Check out SEATMATES and join the fun!

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