Monday 25th Jan
|RiverMaya album launch|
|This album launch was
held, appropriately enough, in the Hard Rock cafe in Makati. We arrived early, and were
stamped on the wrist to indicate that we could go and stuff our faces with the buffet
provided (which, of course, I did ;)
My knowledge of Filipino bands was quite limited. I had seen The Jerks playing live the previous year so I knew the kind of music to expect (although I never took any photos of them sadly. It was my first evening out in the Philippines and I guess I was just too busy getting used to the place).
The icon being used to promote the album is a small green alien, a little more than loosely based on the children's TV characters the Tellytubbies. A large cardboard cut out was all that signalled the band's album artwork, positioned behind where they would sit.
After seeing Jolina's album launch I was expecting RiverMaya to perform too, but sadly this wasn't to be. From where I was sitting while we ate I didn't have a great view of things, but as they didn't perform I didn't miss much. They simply answered the usual questions from the press for a while. I had already worked out that they had got their album title "It's Not Easy Being Green" from the song performed by Kermit of the Muppets, and other than this revelation being stated during their press conference I didn't really learn much about them. I also failed to bring the review copy of their album back to England with me so I still don't really know what their music is like, even though I did hear a few snatches.
Eventually it was time for Pilar's interview for Showbiz Lingo Plus, and I tried to find a good place to take pictures while it went on. Unfortunately another photographer was trying to do the same, so I had a silent battle with him to try and get the best shots without overtly getting in the way ;)
I didn't follow much of the interview, but they seemed a nice enough bunch and didn't feel the need to act 'smart' on camera as so many bands seem to. The interview seemed to be quite long too, giving me chance to take quite a few shots.
A number of times during the events I attended things seemed to fizzle out rather than end, and this was one such occasion.
Once we left however, I made sure I followed the cliché of buying some Hard Rock cafe merchandise boldly stating the exotic branch I had visited (well, Makati is exotic to Westerners anyway ;)