8 Underrated local bands that you should add to your playlist

Mar 2, 2023 0 comments


The Philippine music scene is a melting pot of different genres and styles, with talented musicians and bands waiting to be discovered. While some bands have gained mainstream success, there are many more who are still flying under the radar. In recent years, the local music scene has seen an explosion of new bands and artists, each bringing their own style and flavor to the table.

From indie to rock, to pop and everything in between, these bands are definitely worth checking out. Get ready to discover some amazing new music that you won't be able to stop listening to!

Hunyo

HUNYO is an emerging Pinoy rock band that takes its name from the nickname and birth month of its vocalist and guitarist, JHUN. The band's story started when JHUN, a solo singer/songwriter with a strong influence on OPM alternative rock music, envisioned forming a band to play his music. Finding a lead guitarist was a challenge, but through recommendations from friends, Kim joined the band, completing the lineup. Together, they played at different events and music venues in Metro Manila, contributing to the rich musical landscape of the Philippines.
 

HUNYO's music is characterized by catchy melodies, driving rhythms, and introspective lyrics that touch on themes of love, heartbreak, and self-discovery. The band draws inspiration from Pinoy rock bands such as Rivermaya, Sugarfree, Mayonnaise, Rocksteddy, Hale, Spongecola, and more. While the band has a unique sound, it carries on the legacy of Pinoy rock and contributes to the rich musical landscape of the Philippines.
 


Fans can expect HUNYO to continue to create new music and share it through their digital music platforms. The band is eager to share their love for music with their followers, and they will release a brand-new song this coming April 2023. Stay tuned to their social media pages for updates on their music and upcoming performances.

Sinta


Sinta, an up-and-coming band, takes inspiration from a Tagalog term of endearment which means love. Dann and Maica, the band's bassist and vocalist, respectively, brainstormed for terms that describe love, and eventually landed on Sinta. The band was formed in 2020 when Dann and Maica decided to produce a song, and eventually uploaded it on Spotify. Fast forward to 2022, and the band is now complete with Ed on drums, Dritz and Rap on guitars, and Chaz on keyboards.
 

Sinta loves to play Indie Pop and Bedroom Pop, with the goal of connecting with their listeners by giving them a chill and positive vibe through their music. In the next five to ten years, the band sees themselves still making music, playing in music festivals, and producing albums for their fans. Fans can expect more lovely songs to be released, and the band's latest release is "Tabi," which can be streamed on their social media pages and Spotify. Sinta's music is a refreshing take on love and relationships, which will surely leave listeners in a happy and romantic mood.
 

The MNY.


When it comes to creating a band name, the members of The MNY wanted to make sure it was memorable and reflective of their influences. The name was derived from the word "MANY," which aptly represents the band's diverse range of musical inspirations that come together to create their unique sound.

The story behind the band's name is rooted in a chance moment on EDSA, when the vocalist was searching for an iconic name. The MNY. was born and quickly became the moniker of a group of friends and church musicians who wanted to make music together.
 

The band consists of Christian Paul Maris as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Jonathan Garcia on backup vocals and lead guitar, Dan Jacob Manangan on bass, and Christian Vallejo on drums. The MNY. was formed in 2020, and since then, they have been creating music that is a combination of synth pop and rock.

The MNY.'s music can best be described as a fusion of catchy, upbeat pop and edgy rock, with a strong emphasis on the use of electronic sounds. Their debut single "Dahilan" gives listeners a taste of their style and is available on Spotify for anyone who wants to experience their synth-pop rock sound.

When asked about their future aspirations, The MNY. envisions themselves performing on bigger stages, such as the UP Fair and other music festivals in the country. The band is also keen on collaborating with other artists, expanding their audience and spreading their music to more people.
 


For fans of The MNY., there's a lot to look forward to. The band promises new song releases, music videos, and quality YouTube content. They're also active in performing live shows and gigs, with their schedule posted regularly on their social media accounts and Spotify. With their unique sound and commitment to producing high-quality music, it's no wonder that they're quickly becoming one of the country's most promising up-and-coming bands.

Satellite Daydream


Satellite Daydream, an alternative/OPM/Indie band based in Metro Manila, was formed by batchmates from Lourdes School of Mandaluyong. The band's name was inspired by the idea of creating a pleasant distraction from reality, like a series of daydreams that transport both themselves and their listeners to a different world. They started playing together as a cover band in 2018 and later began writing their own music during the pandemic, leading to their decision to shift from covers to original songs in 2022.
 

As of now, the band has released several singles and is planning to release more soon, including an EP. They also plan to play more gigs in and out of Metro Manila in the next five to ten years, with the goal of building a strong following and releasing an album. Their music is inspired by Alternative, OPM, and Indie bands, making their sound a unique blend of different genres.
 

In essence, Satellite Daydream is a group of musicians who never thought they would actually make their own music. Now that they are, they aim to share their music and be a part of their listeners' lives by providing a pleasant escape from reality. Fans can expect to hear more from them and see them perform at various bars around Metro Manila. With their passion for music and unique sound, Satellite Daydream is a band to watch out for in the Philippine music scene.

Ashen Intrepid


Ashen Intrepid is a seven-member band that was formed in a music organization of their university. The band's name was suggested by their vocalist, Pauline, and it came from the words "faded" and "fearless", which collectively represents being 'lowkey undaunted'.
 

The band plays indie pop with elements from psychedelic music, funk, alternative rock, soul, and ballad. They take references from Paramore, Taylor Swift, The Beatles, OPM acts such as IV of Spades, One Click Straight, and Up Dharma Down.
 

The band hopes to still be playing and enjoying music together, while being relevant to the local scene and known for their signature sound. Fans can expect an album that the band has been working on, which contains their memories and stories from their first 2 years as a band. The band is excited to release the album and hopes to tour it around Metro Manila and reach out to their fans beyond their hometown.

Viceroy

When it comes to band names, inspiration can come from the most unexpected sources. For the band Viceroy, their name originates from a cigarette brand, which happened to be a favorite of one of their main influences. Although the band won't reveal who that influence is, fans of the indie scene may have a guess.
 

Viceroy was formed by Geo and Gavin, two high school friends with polar opposite personalities but a mutual love for music. Along with their friends Enzo, Edson, and Iggy, they began composing and performing alternative pop, rock, and surf music, drawing inspiration from a diverse range of indie scene musicians such as Mac DeMarco, The Smiths, and boy pablo. In just under two months, Viceroy has already garnered a considerable number of streams and fans, and they have ambitious plans for the future. The band dreams of touring the world and headlining concerts for their devoted listeners. Fans can expect music that makes them want to bang their heads and reminisce, as well as the goofy personalities that come from the simple lives of the band members.
 

Viceroy is a band that represents the boundless creativity and innovation of the indie music scene. Their unique name, diverse influences, and commitment to producing high-quality music are just some of the reasons why they're quickly becoming one of the most promising up-and-coming bands today. With their eyes set on touring the world and bringing their music to more people, it's clear that Viceroy is a band to watch out for in the years to come.

Nemic


Looking for a fresh new sound to add to your music playlist? Look no further than Nemic, an up-and-coming band hailing from Cavite in the Philippines. This talented group of musicians creates electronic-infused tunes that are sure to satisfy your craving for funky beats and groovy guitar riffs.
 

Comprised of Jheirish Morabe on drums and vocals, Vince Layog on bass and vocals, Allen Arciaga on rhythm guitar, Rheimar Daquis on guitar and vocals, and John Cedrich Aguila on lead vocals, synths, and backup vocals, Nemic has a unique sound that's all their own. The band draws inspiration from synthwave and alternative genres, blending catchy synth melodies with groovy guitar riffs to create a sound that's equal parts nostalgic and modern.
 


When you listen to Nemic's music, you can't help but be transported to another time and place. Their tunes are designed to hit you in the feels, evoking a sense of nostalgia that's hard to shake. So if you're looking for a band that's both fun and informative, be sure to check out Nemic and their unique blend of electronic and funk music.

ForNevermore


Introducing ForNevermore, an emo/posthardcore band hailing from the Philippines. The band's unique name was inspired by the character Nevermore in the popular video game DOTA, with a play on the contradiction of "Forevermore." 



Formed in 2006 during the height of the emo genre's popularity, ForNevermore started as a 5-piece band, covering songs from bands like Alesana, Escape The Fate, and From First To Last. As they evolved, the band started experimenting with metal and began covering songs from As Blood Runs Black.
   
 Now, ForNevermore focuses on performing their own original songs and are available on all major streaming platforms. With aspirations to perform at major music festivals in the Philippines and release a full-length album, ForNevermore continues to create music that fans can relate to, no matter who they are.


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