is a Filipino alternative rock band founded in 2002 by the former vocalist of Rivermaya, Bamboo MaÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â±alac.Band Origin
MaÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â±alac serves as the band's frontman. Contrary to popular belief, the band is not named after him. According to Ira Cruz, the guitarist, the word bamboo relates to strength and durability with an island feel to it plus its also very Filipino and Asian at the same time. Their first priority for a band name during the 2000's was "Audio Barangay" which means "Audio Neighborhood" in english. However, they realized that its a bit hard to pronounce and it is not that catchy compared to just "Bamboo." They also dropped the name "Audio Baranggay" because Audioslave was formed roughly the same time during their band's formation, to avoid confusion.
Four years after their departure from Rivermaya, MaÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â±alac and Azarcon caught up again with each other, during which Azarcon introduced him to Ira Cruz and Vic Mercado. Two of its members, Bamboo MaÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â±alac and Nathan Azarcon (cousin of comedian Hyubs Azarcon), were formerly part of Rivermaya. The other two members, Ira Cruz (boyfriend of Phoemela Barranda) and Vic Mercado, were former instrumentalists of another band, Passage. Mercado was also the drummer of the band Kapatid, during that time.Music career
Bamboo released their debut album, As The Music Plays, in February 2004 where it received positive response from fans and critics alike. The album also won numerous awards at the AWIT Awards, NU107 Rock Awards, and MTV Pilipinas 2004.
Their second album, Light Peace Love, which was released in 2005, consists of ten songs with differing moods and subjects, and took only 3 months to record. This album has a softer sound with both its lyrics and delivery. For this album, the band added more strings and a variety of other instruments, including a trumpet. The band admitted that this album had a personal feel to it. They experimented with several new styles that may please new listeners, at the risk of disappointing fans of the more conventional rock of their first album.
Their third album, We Stand Alone Together, was released in 2007. It contains revived local songs such as Buklod's "Tatsulok" and international songs such as Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" from different generations. It also includes bonus tracks like unplugged versions of their hit songs from previous albums such as "Mr. Clay", "These Days", and "Hallelujah". Once again, opting to do away with the conventional rock image that was attached to them , they produced sounds which were more jazzy than expected.
Star Records--backed up by ABS-CBN TV Production and MYX--produced and created the official soundtrack for the tele-epiko "Rounin", wherein the title track ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œArgosÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â was performed by Bamboo. A new avenue was opened to the band, as ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œArgosÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â is said to be the bandÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s first venture to record a song for a primetime television show. It is also the first time for the multi-awarded band and Star Records to work together.
The band is also part of the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œDays of PeaceÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Campaign by UNICEF with Gary Valenciano.Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo_%28band%29