Hello Again, Cambio
by Jace Amodo, September 18, 2019 3:50pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
In this era of Ben&Ben, Autotelic, The Ransom Collective, IV of Spades, Munimuni, and many more, you'd think the past generations of OPM bands is just that: the past. But today’s rising bands, with the help of mainstays like the members of Cambio, continue the legacy that their predecessors left. In a way, it reminds us that no matter how the local music scene develops and evolves, the influence of the OG bands are eternal.
Cambio's story is like an Avengers film fulfilled after their solo films, with Eraserheads disbandment in 2002 serving as the origin story. Rock band Eraserheads, as we know it, is one of the most influential bands in the OPM scene; Indeed, the breakup came as a surprise. However, this disbandment opened doors for many more astounding bands to shine—Cambio among them.
With much dedication to their craft and passion, former Eraserheads members Buddy Zabala (bass) and Raimund Marasigan (drums) pursued individual careers, leaving behind a trail of a well-respected portfolio.
Buddy became the bassist for several rock bands: Twisted Halo, Hilera, Moonstar, and The Dawn. Meanwhile, Raimund is now frontman for alternative rock band Sandwich, keyboard player for electronic rock band Pedicab, and the man behind hip-hop outfit Squid9. But with Eraserheads blood running in their veins, leaving behind its legacy seems far-fetched.
Lo and behold, Buddy and Raimund formed Cambio in 2003, along with female singer-guitarist Kris Gorra-Dancel of band Fatal Posporos, Diego Mapa of Monsterbot and Pedicab, and Ebe Dancel of Sugarfree; together, they released two albums, Derby Light(2004) and Matic(2007).
Crossing Over Again
Cambio hasn't released any songs since the ‘07, much less participated in gigs. The supergroup has been on hiatus for more than a decade, which is why their comeback would be a huge deal, especially to their loyal fans. Kris even mentioned that anyone wanting to book Cambio for a gig or just about any event would have to whisper a silent prayer.
“Reconciling members’ schedules has likely caused your old calendar apps to hang, but now it seems we were booked way ahead of time and advances in technology have made it possible for us to be together for one night," Kris said.
Cambio is set to return for a reunion stage at All of the Noise 2019, slated on November 22 to 24 at Century City Mall Events Hall, Makati City. The band will be headlining the show alongside #AOTN2019 internationals acts, Grammy-nominated American shoegaze/post-metal group Deafheaven, British math-rock icons Delta Sleep, and Singapore-based indie rock band M1ldl1fe.