It goes without saying that when it comes to With Confidence, you’d be in for a long night of pop punk madness. In the case of Manila, the party stretched out over the span of three days when the Sydney-based outfit took over SM North EDSA, Fairview, and Parañaque for their quick stint of a mall tour in the Philippines last year. Their energies were high and their excitement shined through smiles that couldn’t be pulled off their faces even if they wanted to. They’re doing something they love and are passionate about, hoping to deliver the same good vibes with anyone who listens to their tunes.
Currently supporting State Champs on their US tour, With Confidence will then join Set It Off in the UK to warm themselves up for their return to Manila for Bazooka Rocks: A Pop Punk Weekend this June.
Philippine-born guitarist Inigo Del Carmen is your guide around Sydney, Australia on this edition of BillboardPH’s Soundtrips and Joyrides. Let him take you around his favorite spots in the city–from his go-to venue for fresh tunes to the music store he runs to for his gear.
Where did you play your first local gig and is the venue still around today? Do you remember how it felt to be on stage for the first time?
Technically our first gig was a sold out 5SOS show at The Oxford Art Factory which is still around today. Playing that day was both the best and the worst thing, we were all so nervous but at the same time we loved every second of being on that stage.
What local venues do you frequent (or used to) for a fresh dose of the local music scene? Do you still have time to check it out?
Well, the Newtown Social is a great venue where we go a lot to get drunk and watch some great bands with our friends.
Where did you see your first major concert? What band/artist did you watch?
The first major concert I saw was Linkin Park and Chris Cornell opened the show and it was the best thing ever. It was the first time I had ringing in my ears.
Are there certain places in your Sydney where you feel songwriting flows the best? What songs did you write in those spots?
There’s this one secret spot I go that’s very special to me. I used to go there with my best friend all the time and I draw a lot of inspiration and emotion from that place. But normally I keep those moments or feelings in my head and write about it after. That’s how “Keys” came about.
What are your favorite music stores (for gear, records, merch) in Sydney?
Luke and I love going to The Guitar Factory, I bought my first proper amp from that store, we normally go there to get gear, get things fixed and try out guitars.
Could you give 7 places–from gig venues/clubs/bars, famous landmarks, busking areas, and museums people should visit if they go to your city? Why should they visit these places?
1. I think the Sydney Aquarium is pretty dope, I used to go there a whole bunch when I was a child and I still love going.
2. Walk around Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. To me Sydney is a very pretty city and I really enjoy walking through its streets.
3. Take the Ferry to Manly. It’s a really nice beach and not as crowded as Bondi, you can walk from the Wharf through The Corso and find a few bars or head straight for the beach.
4. As touristy as this sounds I still love going to Taronga Zoo, they have so many cool exhibits and you can feed the giraffes. That’s all that matters really.
5. On your walk around Circular Quay you can check out the Opera House as well as The Opera Bar which is a really nice place to grab drinks but it is a bit pricey.
6. Up from Circular Quay there’s a place called Bar Luca and they have some rad burgers there. My friends and I try to go at least once a month.
7. If you want a cool view of the city you can head to Luna Park. The rides aren’t great and the tickets are overpriced but you can get some fairy floss (cotton candy) and just admire the view. If you have someone special with you, take them on the Ferris wheel and get tickets for Coney Island because they can be kinda cute and fun.
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