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"I didn't like the name but it doesn't matter. They played great band music."
- Nina Araknida
Sunstar, Flip / September 15, 2002

"Few rock bands in town could stand at the crossroads of a dynamic and evolving music scene and knock down the high walls that divide music genres and audiences with as much success as Sheila and the Insects. "
- Ronald P. Villavelez
Yup!, Issue 1.03 / November 2001

"Sheila & The Insects’ music is new wave-influenced post-punk rock music that is considerably heavy yet still melodic "
- Cris O. Ramos Jr.
The Manila Times / May 31, 2003

"What does an indie band do with the oft-maligned mix of rock and new wave? In the case of Cebu-based Sheila and the Insects, plenty."
- Ganns Deen
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Softly
Sheila and the Insects
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Softly, as the morning sun
Comes through my window pane
Thoughts come to me
Memories of you fill my mind and I smile

So gently, and my world transforms
Into a merry carousel
Turning me round
Bringing me back to the place where I found ...

You there, time could have stood still and then
We'd spend all our moments to share
The dreams that we've known sometime, somewhere

And as, we go through the days
Remembering the love we made
I know that you'll stay
Bringing me more than what mere words can say

I know, that time can stand still and then
We'd spend all our moments to share
The dreams that we've known sometime, somewhere.

I know, that time can stand still and then
We'd spend all our moments to share
The dreams that we've known sometime, somewhere.

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This song appears in the album The Best of Kami nAPO Muna 2CD+DVD.



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Wednesday, November 24, 2004
The death of indie

It has been said that money is antithetical to indie rock. Well, its been observed than when an indie band becomes even mildly successful, the band's coolness factor degrades in direct proportion to the number of noontime-show appearances. So there’s probably some truth to that.

Then there's the proposition that indie rockers are supposed to be clever cynics with little regard for hair hygiene and authority figures. I know a few who are like that, only their cynicism is more from stupidity than cleverness and their unruly hair only appears so by meticulous minutes of styling in front of the mirror. Which makes them not just poseurs but stupid poseurs. The worst type. Which probably explains their disdain for authority being obvious targets of their contempt what with their attitude and issues.

Its also been said that indie rockers are musical snobs. I know a few people who are like that. The more obscure the bands they claim to worship the cooler they think they are. The more useless trivia they can blabber about bands with the weirdest names like Hüsker Dü or The Elephant 6 Collective or The Flower Fish Syndicate (okay, that last one I made up), the more impressive they think they are.

The way these perverted musical elitists talk, you’d think that the coolest indie band is the one you’ve never heard of. If such where true, maybe Sheila and the Insects should move to Alaska. Nobody’s ever heard of us there. Would that make us the coolest? Probably the coldest, yes, especially this time of the year.

When I joined the band, indie wasn’t the cool word then. I think back then it was post-punk. I never really understood the rationale behind such a label. I keep mistaking post-punk for outgrowing Mohawks, leather pants and metal studs.

Later on, the cool name became alternative. Alternative to the pop drone we were getting from the radio, that was the idea then but when alternative became mainstream – blame it on Nirvana’s Nevermind – indie sprang to life.

Indie - a label borne of the need to label music that doesn't sell as much as R&B.

To hell with R&B. We’re R&R – Rock ‘n Roll. The third element in the sacrosanct triumvirate next to sex and drugs. Ok, so I exaggerate sometimes – we’re hardly the stereotype perennially stoned-out junkies much less S & M sex maniacs. In fact we’re pretty normal. And we look normal. Most indie rockers actually do blend in the crowd as much as the nerd who frequents the library. In fact, some bands do actually take pains to look like nerds, but that’s another story.

Okay, so what is indie but just another name that will run its course and become passé with the eventual coming of an indie band breaking into the mainstream? Hey, it is bound to happen. History reminds us of that and statistical probability makes sure that it does.

So if us indie bands want to keep the ‘indie’ name cool, we best avoid getting hot. The day indie becomes ‘in’ is the day indie dies. But don’t despair on my morose predictions. We can always invent another name to call ourselves.

Posted at 02:22 pm by bisoy

jammerall
August 27, 2011   03:56 PM PDT
 
Cool post as for me. I’d like to read something more concerning this topic.
sis
December 7, 2004   01:04 PM PST
 
WELL DONE! WELL DONE! congrats on the good review! very much deserved!
bisoy
December 7, 2004   10:30 AM PST
 
Well for indie's sake, I do hope you're right and I'm wrong. Hopefully, indie does not die a slow death. I'm talking about indie as a name. The indie spirit will of course continue. We've been doing it this way since indie wasn't even commonly used yet.
Sis, check out the review http://featuredblog.blogdrive.com/
hehe.
sis
December 2, 2004   03:22 AM PST
 
i like "indie" bec of what it stands for--FREEDOM from the strings of some corporate giant.

in a sense, i do not quite agree with your viewpoint here. indie is not so much as whether it is "hot" or "in" at the moment. INDIE IS A STATEMENT. it is all of our hands together beating down corporate monopoly.

CREATIVE FREEDOM--now that IS ALWAYS HIP. :)
 

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