Words by Cris O. Ramos Jr.

Due to insistent public demand from their fans, electronic trio Tandems ’91 finally launched their first album at Dulo MNL, Makati last Saturday, September 30. The Crowdfunding Sessions: Tandems ’91 was organized by The Polaris Project.

Entitled First and Last, the album is a collection of the band’s modern disco and retro-funk influenced originals. Originally a side project when their original band Run Manila was in hiatus, the trio of JR Jader, Nacho Cuyegkeng, and Aaron David Cruz has emerged as one of the most notable progenitors of local independent music.

Tandems ’91 at The Crowdfunding Sessions by The Polaris Project | Photo by Samantha Gonzales

The warehouse setup of Dulo MNL was the perfect setting for the darkened lights and the colorful wall screen projectors. Pillow Talk a.k.a. Anton Salvador opened the show with his brand of “IDM–Introverted Dance Music”. Asch then brought his soul and hip-hop influenced electronic music, dishing out a set peppered with instrumental jams, rap tracks, and R&B songs. Moonwlk got the crowd standing up and dancing just in time for the main act of the night (including a clever reinterpretation of the Coldplay hit “The Scientist”. Tandems’91 then took the stage, performing songs from the album, with Cruz going the extra mile, adding an electric guitar to the mix. The troika was definitely in a party mood, especially because they ran out of the copies long before they even started their set!

With the successful event, Tandems ’91 has further validated their place in the local indie music scene.