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making hardcore, punk again

Updated: 2014-10-06T22:26:41.456-07:00


City of Thornz Wants You!


Down and Out has resurfaced from its long sleep and mistakenly heralded demise, and is now back to get shit together most particularly in the Davao City Hardcore scene. As what this blog’s original architect aspired in his grand design, the new set of moderators will carry on the same ideals and that is to strengthen City of Thornz Hardcore, and make it a prominent hardcore scene not only in the Philippines but also in the four corners of the planet.

What to expect

Since there are new moderators, fans and friends should expect different writing blurbs and styles. Reviews, reports, scenester interviews; and social, political or emotional rants will still be staple and supple nourishment for the inquisitive and progressive of minds. What is to expect as an additional offering on the table are contributors of shapes and sizes, from different scenes within and out Davao City to help in with the literature and the visual delights. We like to take the opportunity to address all of those concerned that Down and Out is no longer a one man show, it now involves the whole scene, and that means YOU!

We want you

We are looking for young (by age or by choice), energetic and passionate people who share their love for Hardcore and Punk music, culture and lifestyle to get involved, regardless of residence. This is your chance to make something out of your everyday and normal 9 to 5 life. Get involved in something vast which surpasses the physical barriers of self and geography that of which is brotherhood, and sisterhood for that matter. Share relevant information and insights about anything that is hardcore, punk, love, anarchy, non-conformity, inspiration and life in general.

How to make shit happen

Leave your e-mail on the message box if you have something to impart the hoards of kids that need inspiration or just want to be a smart ass. One of the moderators should reply to check your article, edit if it need be and soon enough, you can see your contribution posted on this very blog. It’s that fuckin’ simple.

A word of advice, because this is an organic and positive site, the moderators hold the right to scrutinize and decide the fate of hate-mails and post.

We have to put all our hands in to make not only the Davao City but the whole of Mindanao Hardcore scene make a noise in the international arena.

See you all at the pit!

Stay positive, stay nice.

P.S. I'll leave you with a gold find.


Only The Strong Survive (Hardcore Punk Fest) - A Gig Report


This gig review is awfully late, but as they say, better later than sorry. With some minor glitches and of course the usual monetary hanky-panky, the Only The Strong Survive – Hardcore Punk Fest last March 20, 2010 was an overall success. Scores of bands, from within the city and nearby came in attendance for the much awaited comeback gig after 3 months of COT's momentary hiatus. Yes! City of Thornz Hardcore is here to stay! The anticipation was suddenly greeted with the usual air of pinoy punctuality – as it is relevant to almost all scenes in the Phil. – it was past 7:00pm and there were no complete bands in sight; only a handful loyal scenesters who made sure that the instruments, particularly the drums, sound near to what it should sound like. As the crowd outside the venue was piling up and after a long time of waiting and waiting for the first lined-up band to show up complete for the gig to start, the organizers were confronted by a problem long believed to have halted existence; there wasn't an on-stage guitar! But this problem was quickly resolved by the dashing and deceptively astute organizers, and after having found the much needed instrument the show finally STARTED! Disclaimer : The reporter's capacity for storing and retrieving information is not that adept, and sincerely apologizes to those bands whose name he has forgotten, or even fail to mention for that matter. No worries though because, if the names of your bands should come up in his mental plate any time soon, shall be included on the succeeding posts! And the bands appearing on the review might not be in the order as they have appeared on that fine night. The first band, hmmmm, whose name didn't really register, played covers of notable and singable punk rock tunes which was all that it takes to get their crowd of mohawked and spiked crowd outside to start into a frenzy. This is were the funky memory starts to take its toll, so the bands appearing from here on, are not necessarily in correct order. It does not take a genius to guess what Kami Oi's delivery of the night. Even though they were nicely dressed for the occasion, kinda reminds you of your niece's christening day, with their long sleeves and suspenders, they haven't really given justice to the songs they were playing. Carrying a lyric sheet on stage for a cover song does not really appeal to me. Pains, Logs and Diaries from Kidapawan City played some intense progressive brand of hardcore, with emo-ish guitar blends, fast parts, some beatdowns here and there. What I personally like about this band is that they can craftily add their dub breakdowns after the brash of heavy parts. Direct from General Santos City is the .50 caliber which delivers heavy pounding metal-hardcore packed with grinding blast beats, beatdowns and slow moving sludge that draw the first blood of mad pit hysteria. If there is a prize for the overall most hardcore outfit of the night, these guys can snatch it without much of an effort.One of Davao City's prime bands played in your face hardcore, Iron Will, throwing a dash of metal overtones with fast and crazy adrenaline filled fast parts to spew some intense circle pits of the night. Another of COT's finest to have played for the night is Caitlyn Bailey. It seem a coincidence that their changing drummer has to do with their change of musical style. Regardless, dare I not say Math, but it's it's all math to me. They have refined they brand of progressive style of hardcore to exhaustion throwing in some crust-core parts in the i-got-lost-in-the-count speed. COT's beatdown kings, Roundhead, played a furious set with what else – no holds barred chugga-chugging. The crowd jostled in for another round of ground and pound slam pit frenzy. Straight from Polomolok City is Sacrifix. Delivering their angst filled spite of grueling heavy hardcore, reminiscent of early Earth Crisis. Hmmmm. This band from Panabo City brought in some sick hardcore a-la Blood for Blood. At this time cardiovascular [...]

catching up


No shows for a while huh, Well don’t worry we will set up a show this October. As of now I heard a lot of bands quite busy with the upcoming end of semester but the next show is on the works and definitely would be a blast being that we haven’t had one for a while..

Some good reads that I happen to read already but haven’t had the time to review it, again as I said if you are interested you could always borrow and re print my copies of zines that I featured here. Interest in zines lately here in the local diy community in dc is quite at a low point, unlike before as I could remember we would save our cigarette or recess money for school to pay for “Xerox” copies of zines ,both local and international. And it’s so fucking great, punk rock opened up a lot to me but when i read my first fanzine I was astounded. It opened up a whole new world to me and said this is how I want to write! It was even a local one, but man I remember the cut and paste art and remarkable article and views of everything I love and hated. Honestly straightforward, and brutally truthful. Unlike the books I read in school or magazines that my cousin have which doesn’t really say anything that meant to me. Best abour zines also is its all done for the love of it, totally nonprofit. You even tend to loose more than what you would earn but still the hell with it! Im writing this because I and a friend from the THINKING PERSONS LIBRARY here in Davao, is planning to make a zine convention or gathering or what ever the fuck you call it, just something to promote and reawaken a dying culture in Davao. So stay posted ayt? Again a show on October and a zine convention sometime after that!!

(image) I remember Halloween 3rd issue

Got this from the writer it self Mr. Dane Cortes, and again always a winner. A japans inspired cover along with a lot of japans stuffs like interviews with Jap bands Completed Exposition, Dudman, Dread Eye and a Japan scene report. But as he said is not necessarily called a Japan issue coz it also features interview crux interview, an aussie hardcore punk outfit. AxNxS ,a straight edge thrashcore band is also interviewed along with local heroes Bystorm. And if it’s still not enough, tons of music and zine reviews and a Holland and Malaysia scene report! Extremely a lot in 1 package, and as always with all the IRH issues, its flawless!! Great lay out, great questions and a great effort!! Galling….keep it up!!
(image) spinach lasagna from sbarros.great food , looking forward to make myself one.

ASAWHOLE would be playing a benefit show for the flood victims in luzon, this would be on Friday at 6pm to 9 pm at the Victory Chapel ( nice venue huh) as long as it is for a good cause…….

Be there and support the show or at least the cause, I think there is no entrance fee but donations such as rice, canned foods and noodles would be greatly appreciated.. so I guess that’s it! see you then..ciao
Currently listening to a lot of Verse, Killing the Dream, Blacklisted, Up Dharma Down (yes so what)



The thought of being alone haunts us except maybe for some, as for me I want to experience it and it was pretty much what I did the time I was gone. The idea of goodbye disturbs me a lot. Mainly because I hate it and attachment is always so hard to break. Now question is how much people would you lose in a life time? I am in a stage of constant departure and all I get is a nod, Not that it’s not enough but don’t we miss the physical communication? Why is it more normal to say good morning in text messages rather than saying it right in front. He he exactly! That’s what I love about Hc shows that I don’t see in the street or at school or at home. In celebration of living I go to shows and organize some, sing in a band, write, travel and breathe. Time for our community to grow, and grow with us! Not to grow out of. Let’s keep this real and intimate. It saddens me to see friends from this community that are so cool that they suddenly have to play in shows that has corporate sponsorship where in they could be all that the status quo wants them to be, how long would it take you to understand that your words are not becoming dependable rather SELLable. Don’t get me wrong friends, there is nothing wrong with making an honest money out of playing shows but its sad to jump to the point were in you play your music to promote products or even names that is owned by people who don’t give a shit about you and your music and what your music has to say for that matter. This corporation has nothing in mind but to earn money and use every little resource they have to turn everything into profit. This is sad to think that generations before us that had been there to create a circle that for ones, never cared about how much money they are going to get. They would rather have a room of people gathered to create a voice that connects every single breathing human there is inside. It’s a chaotic approach to reality but it is REAL! You cannot hide the fact that the glass house of humanity that hides between proper and correct have failed to let us experience our lives first hand. We are the machinery of civilization aiming to prosper the luxurious world of the elite while we forget to play just to buy the cell phone we need to fit in and not get left behind, Classism justified! There is a marathon of technology that we will never win. But still humanity had been dumb and thinking for yourself had become radical and grass rooted. But still we play the game and we should play it right, coz we have a choice. This is not the choice you see between brand A or B but the choice of not choosing between the 2! The choice of living life and choking it with your own fist, not the choice you get in an election were you choose between elite suited jerks to rule you, that’s not a choice. It’s a cheap delusion of choice, role playing to tell you that the system works for you, well its not and it doesn’t and it will never will. In the books of human race we are NOTHING but numbers and statistics! So please let’s enjoy this community while it is still real, speak up and do something!! Live life, write a song, cut a class or simply cover your ears. Its real and intimate, think for your own and love life, coz if you don’t have a life to live, well you aint got love to give.
Keep hardcore away from greedy corporate business man and wanna be actors and keep it on the streets where it belongs!!
You don’t get it and buy it, you live it…….



i got to scan this old article i did a year ago,but still worth reading hehe judt something to "update".. update this tomorrow!!!Just last month i visited MAnila. Pretty excited to see long time friends, buy some shit that we dont have here in Mindanao like some lokal UG cds some cheap stuffsand sweet papers. The last time I went there was 2 years ago. We went there through hitch hiking (yeah I know. its so punk rock!) That 3 day journey riding at least 20 different cargo trucks, 3 days of striking heat and cold pretty much prepared to get to MANILA. But this December we rode a plane. So the changes were too soon. Like an hour and 45 min kind of soon. As I walk around Quiapo and other rural places I had a complete apparition of what poverty is. Don’t get me wrong, we are not rich but what I saw in Manila is a disturbing and sad portrait of a rotten society. And I know that sooner or later other places in my home town would also be reminiscent of that. And it scared the shit out of me.....Visions like this only hardened my question about poverty; living in a 3rd world country must have at least shaken your senses about the question of where we are actually headed. Marketed society of unfulfilled dreams is usual scenery. Best export products of people had left us dumbfounded because the idea and eagerness to earn. Earning not to make our lives easier but rather, just to have enough money to buy the rice that we need for the day. Its surely is a long road out to prosperity.Roughly 4.7 million Filipino families, comprising about 41% of the population, currently have annual incomes below the poverty line. That cut point is set at something around a dollar per person per day. Smaller than uncle sams nephews school allowance in 3rd grade... This makes us more valid to work for anything. Whether it’s hard or degrading, we oddly forget it. Which is pretty devastating coz we got the man power, we got the resources and we got the needs but we aint got the economic wealth.There is tremendous geographic variation, ranging from 8% of the population in Metro Manila to 60% in some of the Muslim areas of Mindanao, from 11.6% in the province of Cavite to 79.5% in the province of Romblon.We're not just talking about absolute poverty here; we're talking about relative poverty - and structural inequality. The bottom 40% of families account for only 13.7% of total family income, while the top 10% account for 35.5%. In economic lingo, the country has a Gini coefficient of 0.4507, which represents a high level of inequality indeed.When discussing poverty in developing countries, it is essential to avoid the many pervasive stereotypes - the poor are lazy, the poor don't take advantage of opportunities, they just don't care, and on and on But the question is what do we have left? Are we still really so numbingly innocent to think that if we just try our best we will also be at the top. NO!! We will be working for all of this elites or capitalist monsters for the rest of our lives. Maybe we could save a bit but sooner or later the pattern or cycle of a world provided for them will bite you in the neck. One of us will get sick, be in an accident of some sort and will all go back to zero and come running back to them which are unfair because this elite empowered people are unsurprisingly the minority. The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the poorest 48 nations (i.e. a quarter of the world’s countries) is less than the wealth of the world’s three richest people combined. And 20% of the population in the developed nations consumes 86% of the world’s goods and resources. This situation could also be compared to the rural places also in the Philippine provinces. In Negros Occidental, for example, over 85% of the people live below the poverty line. Most available land is devoted to sugar cane, which is not competitive on the global market and is often sold at very low price in the world market. Not to mention the wage payment[...]

zines zines zines




I st issue of many to come I hope, a fanzine dedicated to hardcore and straight edge. I got a copy of it from the maker itself, DAN whom I met while touring Laguna. Well I must say that this is a great job. A lot of show reviews; I think it’s pretty consistent. Looks like our man right here never failed to come to a lot of shows. With interviews of my local favorite acts BYSTORM and HTB! And also with a SxE band from Boston called THE EFFORT. An article about 7’vinyls and an obvious liking for football, a good zine but I must say that I need more. I finished it in one sitting and hungry for more!! Great job bro, keep it up…looking forward for issue number 2..

Contact TIGHT END @



A nice full format zine, another of his many from GRANPELIGROZINE, according to him “this project is one of those tiny particles floating out of my mind at some stage of recurrent daydreams” . a small issue with 2 interviews, With ASAWHOLE and RADIKAL PRIMATES ( a long running diy zine which I’m so eager to get a copy of) . another great job KJ!!

Im handing out copies of this so if your interested just hit me up ok?

Contact kj :




a pan of baked vegie macaroni with 3 cheese Well its been a while. I’m sorry if I haven’t updated this as often as I used too. My head has been up to a lot of shit and also been quite disappointed with some stuffs.. Asawhole is supposed to be in a Euro tour and everything has been ok. The paper was done, the shows were booked and we were all set for a chance of a lifetime. The impossible had appeared it self and thinking it was ok. A year of preparation is ended by a 5 minute interview, DENIED! It sucks but life goes on. Reapplication next year! Enough of that.. with t4 crew outside our house The activities of the past weeks had been an overload. From the AAW Luzon tour to the Luzon people coming over. I myself could say that I was privileged to witness a lot of great bands, meet a lot of people and learn a lot of stuffs. By now I guess it safe to say that in the midst of all this shit I had been enjoying Pinas diy hardcore, at its finest! with good friend sak of roundhead and iron will You could see a lot of enthusiasm and passion in every people that you meet and you can’t help but be inspired. A lot of talented song writers, zine makers, organizers that are all up to make a change maybe not in the world but in their lives and the community they are living in. none the less awesome!! Well I got a hand of a lot of new and cool shit so maybe I could share it with you in the coming issues so watch out!! chain of strength inspired staid shirt list of good stuffs that makes/made me smile -ASAWHOLE full length cd (out very soon!) -STAID and HTB demos samplers - Goerge Carlin tribute cd ( a collection of performance and interviews of the person who I think is the most intelligent comedian and person who ever lived ,in my own opinion) -I.R.H issue 3 , Tight End issue 1 and Gran Peligro ( with interview of Asawhole by the way. If you’re interested I still got some copy to pass around) -Pizza eating frenzy with Bystorm -krings despedida party (this is how cot do it) -Carlyn’s steaks (great food great service, big meat) - HTB’s An exercise in free will – “we were given a mind, lets use it and question why! TAKE CONTROL of your reason for living , UTILIZE the mind you’ve been given TAKE CONTROL make your own choices UTILIZE your mind and say, I WONT BE YOUR MACHINE!” More to follow from now on I promise, vacations back!!! Listening to: JESU ‘CONQUEROR , MIND SET ‘EP, MORRISEY ‘MY EARLY BURGLARY YEARS [...]




Davao city is back in its normal day. But still haven't gone over the show last Friday. The show was a long one. In fact it is by far the longest, as usual I dont have the show report. But I must tell you that all the visiting bands was awesome.

(image) Staid and Bystorm blew our heads off and so did Mchc crew and Sacrifix. Thanks a lot to those bands who came. And to Bystorm and Staid , a lot of good times and good memories guys. Hope you enjoyed your stay as much as we did..

look nowhere far if you want to rebel against something, in our mind alone its rather interesting ”


tour diary by me lazy version..


After short notices to the organizers the tour finally happened. I was stoked to know that we would be able to play with 3 productions. And everyone was so fucking great!! But as much excitement as I have, I am also nervous as shit. But the hell with it, posters up so everything is a go!!! Day 1( Pasig Leg)First things first, we need to fix our business first before concentrating on the shows. So we woke up as early as 530 to get dress and ready for important thing ahead. As we got there we found out that what were getting to isn’t easy but as we pushed ahead with all the drama. We got out that hell hole of an office and officially the “TOUR” begun. We went outside to get something to eat and stroll around. It was raining so hard so we decide to go back to where we stay and get some much needed rest. Afternoon I received a txt message from Mic (bystorm) and led ( xstaidx) saying we would meet them at sm mega mall at around 8. At 6 pm after a loooong preparation with Von, the journey had started. And man, Manila traffic never fails to bring out the monster in me. Then we hopped in the mrt so it was kind of fun, coz it’s the first time for Maui and Piox so we were all laughing and get pictures taken. (promdi attitude represent) we got to the said place a little later than agreed but it was fine. Then we met Mic and Led with Dangie. Finally met this guys after a lot of talking in the internet. We grabbed something to eat at Bohdhi and head of to the show. We got to Cuerdas and met a lot of old friends. Actually more than I expected, Old friends who I’ve met over the years, and it was a great time catching up. Also met Odessa, Aleg and Zepol and thanked them for setting up the show. These guys live a lot further than most of the people there so I was very thankful for the effort. The show kicked off with Just in Case ands guess what, they are from Davao. It was unexpected but a very nice surprise. After them was Rush Id and was great to finally saw them. Great set!! Actually I cant remember the line up coz I was tired as hell. But I know that Bystorm, Play and Sister Bastard played before us. All this bands was awesome , and added to my over flowing nervousness. Then it was our set. We played a 9 song set and I think we did a pretty clean set, hopefully. I remember people singing along with us while doing a cover from trial. I was shocked to the support given to us by this people who I myself look up to in terms of communication, song writing and fucking awesome sets. And we also got to see our tour shirts courtesy of sir Dyey of Northern Territory. Awesome so thanks a lot bro!!! After us I remember seeing NXCXP which is also an old friend. KillRatio send me shivers to our spines. Thanks Dane for the IRH copy!!! Always a joy reading your stuffs. After this I went outside already to have some chat to the people who was there. Met Raymond from Feud and Staid and its always a pleasure chatting with him. I don’t know anymore who was the bands playing. I just remember going inside again to watch one of my faves of all time, BEAUTY OF DOUBT. Apparently it was their last show for this year coz Ronald is goin outside the country again. After some chat with the NCI crew and a lot of laughs with Play, plus my band mates were drunk as hell, We need to go home to Tateng( Sangkay) along with Archie (Guerra Mundial). So exhausted, so just a couple of hellos and goodnight and bang, were dead! Day 2 (Laguna Leg)Woke up at around 9 pm and immediately had breakfast. We were hanngin out with Tateng and his brother and preparing ourselves for the long day ahead. At noon we had lunch at a mall in recto and just walk around and looked at the punk shops there buy some stuffs. Afternoon we met up with our long friend Dha (standfast). It was great to see this girl again. A lot of chit chats, then hop in the first bus to L[...]

take4 takeover


(image) posters up!!! please spread and support this event.. partey!!!!







(image) One of my favorite bands existing is XSTAIDX . Thought provoking, fast and down right awesome. With breakdowns that would make you want to stand up and do something.
This posi machine is fronted by Raymond formerly from the legendary Feud. One of the front man that never fail to amaze me with his song writing.. he is joined by members from bands like Half The Battle, The Weapon and Chokecocoi.

(image) Make sure you catch them on august 21 here in for the mean while enjoy this demo and know what I’m talking about.

contact them at



(image) well the week turned out to be quite dissapointing. The proposed planned feeding did not happened due to the heavy rains that had been with us lately. But rest assured that within this week, were going to have our feeding again. (image) faces of disapointment

Up now is a poster for the planed ASAWHOLE tour this august. Watch out for the individual poster later.

(image) Sunday again and spent with the family of course. Trying to be physically prepared for the vocal recording. Hope this god damn stitch would stop giving me a hard time, daym!
We are having trouble looking for a venue for the upcoming t4 show because of the events for kadayawan. but I have a list in mind and be taking care of it tommorow.

(image) Best part of being home
To all cot crew bands. We are planning to release a cot compilation so better prepare your songs. I had a meeting with our friends who are willing to help us out with this project and the skeletons had been shaped. COT records would be here soon so get ready.. ..aarggh!!!
(image) Vegan spaghetti with eggplant, mushroom and olives. Spiced up with cilantro, parsley and basil. Home made with lotta love..

Cot crew represent and representing it right!!!! ciao



(image) The last steps of the recording of ASAWHOLE recording is in sight and would hopefully be released in at least 2 weeks from now. This would be a track record mixed by sound master Paeng Bailey. So stay tuned ayt..

(image) I’m quite excited in the tour on manila. We would be playing shows there and be playing with a lot of great bands. The schedule and poster would be up soon but we definitely be playing in Manila, Laguna and maybe Cavite. But for sure this would be one fun experience.
HEY COT CREW, vegetable collection this afternoon, ayt? And if you’re not doing anything tomorrow and you’re within Davao area, you are more than welcome to help out.
Saydee’s Kitchen feeding would be on the afternoon at Rizal Park at 430 pm.
Cooking and slicing starts at 1030 am at my place.
Your help would be deeply appreciated. See yah!!





Hey.. up now is something that I came across at the end of this week..

I got here a zine that I enjoyed reading so much. A friend from the US sent this to me and a short read but undeniably fun...

We got here ROCKET QUEEN an accurate and cleverly honest take on her life being a stripper. All doors opened and all secrets told. About the life inside this strip bars, “marketing” strategies and benefits of their independent and tax free occupation. With chapters that would take you step by step. This is very cool, written on a first person account. The name of the writer is not told but she is some one that surely didn’t fail to impress me. Very empowering to women who are not stuck in the confines of the world wide” good girl” perception. Honest, intelligent and practical, recommended to our womyn friends. If you want a copy ill let you copy mine or we could trade just give me a message.


July 19, Sunday is my daughter Saydee’s birthday, if you didn’t know my daughter saydee died because of a lung illness. So we got to visit her on the cemetery and lit a candle.THE 19TH OF JULY 2 years ago, This day is considered to be one of the best days of my life. Everything I do is dedicated to you Saydee, I could have lost you but you’ll always be in my heart for ever and ever…



Hey Davao City. Well this site has been really still for the past weeks. Because of all the hiatus that happened but hopefully things will change in the coming days.
So what’s new? Asawhole lost a little time but we are now on the few last steps of recording. Kind of excited and hopefully a tour would push through after this. So better keep moving… another thing to be excited is the anticipated Take 4 Takeover of the South.
Need I say more?

Im only going to finalize the venue and posters would be posted!!!

Ialso heard that one of the finest Cot metallic 90s influenced Hardcore Act Anxiety To Hysteria had just recorded a 6 song ep.
(image) I don’t know how far it’s done but its going to come out sooooon!!! So watch out for it and make sure we support them.

Its about time we here this motherfckers at the player.

August is looking up and its gonna be a blast!!!

Up now is a pizza from a great Italian resto here in Davao City. I tried to stop myself from doing a la Cosa nuestro inspired food review but cant help it.

(image) Pizza dell’ortollano, capriciosa,Al preschutto, peperoni

Picobello serves the best pizzas in Davao, straight from their own brick oven - cooked, the authentic Italian way.

You might think this place is fancy but I think the price is not bad. Infact it’s a great bargain thinking you could get 2 8slice pizzas for the price of one.
And prices of pizza ranges from 220 to 280,cool eh!! ASAWHOLE finished 4!!
For Davao kids I still got some of the ovc stuffs if you’re interested give me a message.

Updates would be posted!! Till then…..

experience is the worst teacher, it gives the test before presenting the lesson




Yo! up now we got ROUNDHEAD. A band that’s been playing with Cot crew for quite sometime already, And never failed to give us an in your face hardcore approach, Singing about the society their living to their surroundings and friendship.

This is their demo and they are kind enough to share us their music. So grab it now..
Watch out for future releases from this dudes, future projects.

Contact them @

One of the best bands there is now here in Durian City so check it out!! Enjoy

im back!!! feeding plus show = hardcore!!!


Well i'm finally back. For those who didn't know i was hospitalized and had an operation. My f*ng intestines got twisted. And boy was i f*cked.But its over now and im now in a stage of recovering. The weekend was a blast althou i could barely walk. The feeding was great and we had a great time. im pretty sure the kids enjoyed the Ratatouille, Pancit and rice we prepared. did like a hundred meals and off we go. Anis from Singapore and Ali from Malaysia visited Davao to participate in the event. Thanks guys!!!! After the feeding was a show and it tuned out great as expected. With our lokal Hc Acts , who never failed to bring the house down... Sorry but Mr sicko cant make a show review !!! thanks to everyone who participated and did their part!!!!

Over all, an awesome day and a day to remember!!!

im having trouble with this blog i cant copy paste anything so please if anybody knows how to deal with this please hit me back. cant do shit!!!! aaaarggghhh!!!

Kudos to my Cot family and all our supporters!! you know who you are!!!
Expect more this coming days!!!

diy lives, look around we are everywhere

goodshit playlist: The Smiths' Hatfull of Hollow, Vitamin X ' Full Scale Assault, Mazzy Star' All, Nations On Fire' Burn Again, Amy Whinehouse ' I told You i Was Trouble, Sonic Youth ' Murray Street









Yesterday, Sunday to be precise was spent with the expected family day. Yeah, anybody who has one knows the drill knows what im talking about, Its good food, quality time and no showers, and of course the inevitable movie marathon. After watching an agonizing marathon of Dr Do little with my kid I got to see one guy I like. No, definitely not Eddie Murphy! Instead I saw Paul Giammatti which leads me to my little note today about one of my favourite movie AMERICAN SPLENDOR If anyone of you don’t know and gives a shit, American Splendor is a 2003 biopic about the amazing and somewhat weird Harvey Pekar, an author of a comic book series American Splendor. Yes! The film an adaptation of the comics, which dramatize Pekar's day to day life. It was written and directed by documentarians Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, but still shares credit to Pekar and his wife, Joyce Brabner. As I said Paul Giamatti takes the role of Pekar. You might have seen him in a lot of big films and im a fan of his acting although he also takes a lot of stupid roles like the movie he did that lead me to this article. Anyway enough of that, this film even actually has appearances from Pekar and Brabner themselves (along with Toby Radloff, a border line autistic dude who became an “Mtv” vj . guess then need to market on nerds was at its peak that year)., who discuss their lives, the comic books, and how it feels to be depicted onscreen by actors.“-Can't explain it but America seems to be fixated on watching other people's life. be it the MTV smash "Real World" or the video game "the Sims" and now comic books. Pretty soon someone will release a CD featuring the sounds they make as they move on with their everyday life.”-Guy from the internet-The story goes about Pekar who is an everyday anti social man whose life has been turned into a comic. he is a very careful man, works the same job day in day out, and is happy with any girl that he gets be it she's his type or not. He is not happy with his body and face and refers to it as a reliable disappointment. The movie kicks of with his 2nd wife leaving our man Pekar, he has lost his voice and has a very healthy obsession with jazz records. Can’t blame him. He meets a man at a yard sale who he later on convinces to publish his comic book. He agrees and the comic becomes a smash. He becomes an instant celebrity in his own right and meets his 3rd wife through that process. He appears on Dave Letterman and has merchandise from his comic. And gave him a hard time! You just got to see it. The movie is told with great visual style where sometimes we see the real Pekar next to Giamatti and sometimes we see it as a comic strip.Anyway watch it and see for your self. I don’t know if you’re from other places, Pero chuy if you’re from Davao City you could rent it in some movie rental shops, preferably the old ones. And if it’s for sale then much better. Or you could even rent it and not return it if the place is closing anyway. it would just go to places were it aint worth shit. Just don’t tell them I told you that!! Enjoy!!!!Goodshit playlist: Morning Again ‘As Tradition Runs Slowly’, V/A Its All In Our Hands (FEUD, HTB AND PLAY) , Sonic Youth ‘Murray Street’ ,[...]



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Hey Everyone, Again it’s been days since I updated these well things had been a little rough but it’s ok. Good news to those who are interested. Finally ASAWHOLE will be in the studio. We would be recording around 10 to 11 songs to release a cd. Hopefully things work out. It’s about time. Nothing much this past few days just a lot of writing Lyrics and stuffs, and I got an interview from Gran Peligro zine so watch out for it. Ive been trying to do zines and inties and I could say that KJ is doing a great job. Support it ayt? On July 4 there would be a show, but due to maybe the lack of interest of the prospected venue to our proposal , we would again try to find a place tomorrow or the next for the final venue. but surely this week the final place would be done don’t worry. For the mean time, try to check out the line up for the show with this teaser.
We got friends from OVC family that would be visiting us.Plus some bands From Malaybalay Bukidnon!!!

(image) So here is the plan ayt? Mass feeding 4pm to 6pm sharp at Rizal Park!! Then 7 pm to 1 pm hardcore show!! So if you are in the area and not doing anything with your f*cking life then hope to see you there.. Volunteers for the food collection and cooking team try to contact me ayt? you know how to reach me. More people, more food, more fun!!

Speaking of One voice Asia Records, they had done it again and released a worldwide compilation. Check out this flyer for detail and kip in touch with them. Support! Don’t worry, Anis won’t bite!!

Oh yeah... the rumours are true, T4 crew is coming over and will be invading Visayas and Mindanao. No fixed places and stuff yet but the targeted plan is BYSTORM, HALF THE BATTLE and STAID would be coming over around august but better watch out for more details. And im doing and interview with Raymond, front man of Staid plus a link were we could download their demo. So watch out for it on the next days.3 great bands coming over at our side of the planet, so fucking cool... don’t worry you’ll hear more about this. Check out there my space pages!!


"everything must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration, we are the ones weve been waiting for"

june 2006 - at least not yet


Why the fuck do I love d.i.y? Coz I could do things I want. I could be in a band even thou I don’t really know how to sing a note. When I was little I remembered liking books so much and dreamed of being a writer, as I grew up I recognize that I can’t be 1, why? Coz they said you need a degree to write, and aside from being lazy I was broke and can’t afford to go to college. Yep boohoo, if you’re thinking middle class suburban HC kid who could buy anything they want, I am not one of them!! I’m one of them dudes whose lucky to have a good meal for the day and at least buy a tape in a month. So I was always kinda frustrated till I met hardcore and punk and find out I could do what I want and who gives a flying f*ck. I remember the feeling of listening to first punk rock records but I could never forget the feeling I got the when I read my first fanzine. It was like a push button opened my brain to a whole new world of expression, freedom, and reality and of course hardcore! But enough about music, as I always say I love music so much more than anything. I have my soundtrack of every scene in the story of my life. But writing about it is not really my talent. I respect music so much that I don’t want to, by any chance ruin it from time to time. Just the occasional “love this record listen to it” but it doesn’t go further than that. Anyway back to what I was talking about, I always dreamed of being able to write and talk about things a like, which is pretty much what im doing right now. But my biggest dream was a Centre where we could do great things and do things we wished other people would do to us. Which are a centre maybe for free basic education like writing, reading and art, and a space for people who wants to read books and literature that is not from the didactic eyes of school and society. I had spark to move it with the inspiration given to me by my better half. So we move from one city to another, I remember collecting books, reading materials from friends and other donations. And even stealing some from bookstores, which we got away obviously, this dates June something when we got back to Davao and literally started to make our library!! As we all know im from a shitty hardcore band called ASAWHOLE , same people in the band are the once working with me so we decided to call it the same name, giving it a unity and ONE vibe. So we had book activities and Saturday classes and twice a month feeding projects. I remember doing a lot of things which surely heart was warming. Unfortunately our dreams of utopian love(haha) was put to rest due to some tragic experiences which lead to the downfall of the shop with regards to sustainability. Anyway enough of this crap. I don’t want you guys to remember it in a bad way. Now Cot Crew is getting stronger than ever and I am so proud of this family! Saydees kitchen is getting better and the bands and shows are obvious progress. Our next COT library is at work and would be starting again in no time. But as of now lets support Cot activities coz we’ve got a lot coming this months so move up!!! Working together haven’t been better!!Imagine our number now compared before, that gives us more possibilitiesPossi up!!!!Goodshit playlist: Trial ‘ Through the Darkest Days’ Verse ‘Aggression’ Feud ‘Battling Bastards of Freedom’ Immortal Technique ‘Revolutionary Volume 1 and 2Morcheeba ‘Charanggo[...]



If you guys don’t know, I was doing Down And Out as a zine. I released an issue of it with 40 pages. The issue contained interviews with the now defunct Feud, Mihara and Queen City Crew and some articles. Not I have a hard time conituneing it because maybe of luck of time and money. But still when the time is right ill release another issue of it. A year ago I was given a chance to interview one of the best bands representing the Laguna hardcore scene. I’m talking about PILEDRIVER mother f”kcer!!! It’s a shame that I couldn’t release this so I decided to put this here. This was before they Treb left the band, and for those who still doesnt know they are now ripping it with their new front man Carlo Boy from old Legendary Cebu bands Mea Culpa and Maximum they ar in the studio finishing their new record SouthSide Kings under Railroad and One Voice Records. Enjoy!!!1. First and foremost, how’s life treating you guys? What have you been up to these past few days?Howell – being alive is such a sweet thing. Its all great and well with us here. Thanx for asking bro. We are busy preparing for the HONGKONG’S HARDEST SHOW. This will be a blast!Johner - life has been great to us. We have our own respective things go in on that actually fuel the drive that we need to do the shows and be able to finance the band. Its been awesome to play a lot of shows and the most glorious thing would be that we overcame some of the major roadblocks the prevented us from going to tour and record our stuff.Reggie - WORK...PREPARING FOR THE HONGKONG'S HARDEST GIG...FAMILY...2. Could you tell us little something on how PILEDRIVER was born? Reggie - PD IS JUST A SIDE BAND...BLAH BLAH BLAH...Howell – Yeah, PD was just a sideband before from the guys of Children of the damned and Homecide who loved to play Madball covers. It all started over there.. a very tragic incident happened in 1999 while we are skating we became a victim of a drive-by shooting and Gerrymar Yap (Children of the damned / Piledriver guitarist) was hit badly and he didn’t make it. That was the saddest day in my life, loosing a friend in a very non-sense way was so hard to accept. 2 bands was left by Gerrymar Yap, around year 2000 Treb gave me a call he wanted to continue Piledriver full time and he asked me if I’m cool with the idea, I said “let’s give it a try” and the rest was history..Johner - as you all know the band is a living tribute to former guitarist, Gerrymar yap who was stolen to us by a senseless violent killing spree. On my part, I joined the crew on 2003 and the crew was already an established outfit by that time. they just needed a little nudge coming from a dedicated guitar player ... ahem* ahem* ahem* but seriously, those days were more of the carefree days of the group to a point they managed to not really delve in to making the unit into a fervored hardcore band. I got in and made it much more "steadier"3. I know that you may have a lot of influences musically but could you tell us some?Howell – Biofeedback and Tame The Tikbalang was the bands that really get me into hardcore. From the first time I saw them live I said to myself this is where I want to be and be involved with. Then I start listen to Sick of it all, Madball, Agnostic Front, IGNITE, H20, and tons of other New York Hardcore bands.Johner - on a nostalgic standpoint, I listened to a lot of the alternative rock stuff and grunge in HighSkool unti[...]



Hello.. I haven’t updated this blog for some days, I had problem with my connection but luckily I got it back the other day and now im back on track, Too busy with a lot of things. Heres some books that I like that had helped me past time. Some good reads maybe you’re interested. If not well sorry its my zine anyway. Kidding!! A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHINGFor the first time, my aunt gave me a book that I actually liked! This is a science book, but don’t worry, its not textbook boring. Its in fact a fun book coz the author actually has humour. Bill Bryson describes graphically and in simple terms the size of the universe, and that of atoms and subatomic particles. He then explores the history of geology and biology, and traces life from its first appearance to today's modern humans, placing emphasis on the development of the modern Homo sapiens. Furthermore, he discusses the possibility of the Earth being struck by a meteor! Yeah its kinda nerdy but believe me its good! Borrow my copy and read it! A fun way of knowing about the evolution of human, the real one! NICO SONGS THEY DONT PLAY ON THE RADIOTechnically this is not really my book, It’s my wife’s. I wasn’t really a big fan of Velvet Underground but I could admit that this band in the long run caught my ears and could sing along from some song to the others. This is a biography of the woman who fronted Velvet Underground and considered to be one of the most influential minimalist artist of their time NICO, Or maybe until now. She’s first and foremost a junkie, As soon as she gets a video player, she watches endless cut-ups of open heart surgery and Apocalypse Now. She knows no jokes. While reading this you would immediately recognize James Young’s (the author) fondness of her. He was travleing with her so he has this day to day familiarity. Besides the highly noticeable lyrical disaster, this book is often hilarious. I love the idea of reading a book or account about a infamous and almost unheard band and their unheard tours. Drug tragedies, song and tour disasters and a lot of mishaps, which results to this funny and great piece of literature. It’s not as positive as it is more cynical this is a great little anti-tribute to a fascinating and compared to the Barbie doll inspired women of today, a more human icon of doom!! Two thumbs up!!! URBAN RECORDINGSGot this from friends from Zurich, this book is done by Ingo Giezendanner alias GRRRR. Its as simple as this, he illustrates all the urban spaces he goes to and doesn’t write about it . Instead he draws it by simply using a pen and a paper. All illustrations of places from Zurich via Nairobi, New York and Karachi to Cairo and New Orleans an even Manila, a unique approach to visualise the vision and feel of the artist/author, It contains drawings from the years 1998 to 2006 which provide insight into Giezendanner's entire work and places. Awarded Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2006, amazing!!! STICK THIS IN YOUR MEMORY HOLEA friend from Australia gave this to me and took some time before having the chance to read it. I was a bit worried because it concentrates on Australian politics which I don’t have any clue about. But I was proved wrong. It’s a book of critic and the best part is I love the authors foul mouthed approach on everything this guy dislikes. Which relates not only to the aussies but through out the world that’s surrounded by issues[...]