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The Freesouls

The Freesouls

The Freesouls


In 1997, the Pinoy-music scene saw a band that would garner a cult following that is still very much alive, 9 years after their disbandment in 2000. The band, unsung heroes indeed, was the first to re-introduce and re-utilize the 1960's style of music with their unique original songs. The sound was old, but the concept was new. And with their matching MOD clothes and Moptops, the Freesouls blazed into the scene for a only brief period of time, but their unseen influence is unmistakably present in today's Pinoy Rock. Read more on Last.fm
In 1997, the Pinoy-music scene saw a band that would garner a cult following that is still very much alive, 9 years after their disbandment in 2000. The band, unsung heroes indeed, was the first to re-introduce and re-utilize the 1960's style of music with their unique original songs. The sound was old, but the concept was new. And with their matching MOD clothes and Moptops, the Freesouls blazed into the scene for a only brief period of time, but their unseen influence is unmistakably present in today's Pinoy Rock. In August of 1997, the group launched their debut album "Shindig" under BMG Records Pilipinas, via a special spot at ABS-CBN's long running afternoon variety show, ASAP. Then radio caught on on their debut single, "Shindig". It became no.

1 for 3 months in the Cool 106 countdown and other radio countdowns across the nation. They graced-newspapers, songhits and TV programs, including, "SOP" and "Sa Linggo na Po Sila"; all in the marketing of their debut album. The group toured with their famous label mates, "The Eraserheads", and "Rivermaya", and managed to do their rounds in campuses and clubs. It was swell during the heyday of the first single until November of 1997, when tragedy struck.

Their second single, "Yatehan", which was posed to be the band's best single, was banned from all radio stations due to its alleged obscenity. "Yatehan", and the band never recovered. BMG replaced "Yatehan" with a ballad - "When October Comes", but it never materialized into anything. As the Shindig album drew its curtains, the label allowed the band to record a follow up album in late 1999. The band, with Rhanny Torres, again as producer, recorded at the Pink Noise Studios in Quezon City, what is to be known as "Flowers for the Soul" - The unreleased final album of The Freesouls.

The album contained 11 songs. From their start in 1995, to their disbandment in 2000, the Freesouls underwent several personnel changes throughout their short-lived stint in the Pinoy rock scene. The Freesouls from 1995-1997 were Ted Reyes, Jeff Antiporda, Noel Cabrera André Laurena. In 1998, Noel Cabrera left the group and Ronette Lopez filled the spot. In 1999, drummer André Laurena was briefly replaced by Jay Flores until 2000. That year, when André returned, the band recorded a 3-track EP, "Shake", which still remains under the vaults.

The Freesouls may have been long forgotten by now in the Pinoy music scene as a whole, but the image of fun and freedom that they radiated, and their catchy Pinoy pop songs remained etched in the souls of their few remaining followers. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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