A handful of musicians in the indie and rock circles are passing the hat in exchange for some fine, fine tunes. This is their own brand of relief effort for the flood-ravaged multitudes who suffered last week. Leading the pack is The Camerawalls, whose current digital single via Lilystars Records, “Wanderlust,” is now up for grabs here at $1 per download, though the donor may opt to pledge more. Seventy-five percent of the single’s proceeds between August and September will directly go to aid drives organized by Dakila and Ride & Rock Relief. The song, which also heralds the start of their similarly-titled first regional tour, is the band’s “empathic response to the devastation wrought on their countrymen by this most recent calamity,” said a statement from the group, which also cited their own guitarist, George Carillo, as one of the victims of the torrential downpour.
Meanwhile, Arigato, Hato!, whose well-loved electro-dream-pop EP Heartsongs for Humans turns a year old this month, is also pledging their online sales to relief efforts. “[Floods] don’t disappear overnight and there’s a lot left to be done,” the band says on their Facebook page, promising that from August 13 to 27, all the digital sales from their EP will go straight to Red Cross. Those interested may buy this exquisitely tender and heartwarming release here.
The guys at Artiste Connect, meanwhile, are up to something pretty novel: an updatable online folder of rare music from some of the country’s most imaginative musical minds. The project is called Habagat Sounds, where, for P100, P500, or P1,000 (your pick), the donor will have access to said folder and will be updated each time a new musician or track is added onto it. All proceeds will go to Rock Ed Philippines’ relief drive. As it stands, there are already—not kidding you—68 tracks in the collection, featuring artists as diverse as Ely Buendia, Kjwan, Pedicab, Ang Bandang Shirley, Gaijin, Modulogeek, and Hannah + Gabi, among several others. Bank details and other pertinent details may be found here.
And, of course, there’s Pinoytuner Live this Wednesday, August 15, at saGuijo, which features General Luna, Ebe Dancel, Sandwich, Top Junk, and Acel Van Ommen, among others. All proceeds from the gate will go to aid, and donations in kind are also welcome. In two weeks, meanwhile, all revenue that would be earned on the night of tide/edit’s August 31 launch for their ideas EP will also, similarly, be pooled for donations.
The Camerawalls photo by Joser Dumbrique, with clothes and styling by Jane Cometa, shot on location at the Manila Yacht Club. The band sends special thanks to Pen & Ink Manila, Requiem Rising SG, Milano, and i2i. Arigato, Hato! album art via their Facebook. Habagat Sounds album art via Artiste Connect. Please visit pertinent links to transact with the concerned artists of your choice.