Just like a kid: Hijo

Live goes on after the Bamboo and his band broke up. Today, Nathan Azarcon, Ira Cruz and Vic Mercado formed a band called 'Hijo.'


Since I got confused on the band's arrangements, here it is: Nathan is also doing the vocals (aside from playing bass), Ira and Vic will do the same thing (guitars and drums). Adding up to the spice are Radioactive Sago Project's Junji Lerma on guitars and Wowee Posadas on keyboards.

Hijo released an EP entitled "Slow Rock Vol 1/2" which they tag as "Kung Fu Rock"

“It is slow rock... and we wanted a funny title for it. It’s so dark as it is,” Nathan said.

Compared to their previous experience with their former bands, it was a different recording process for the group especially for Nathan, Ira and Vic.

“Working with the band is just amazing. This is the first time the three of us recorded most of our parts separately. We already had a formula for laying down tracks but this time we pushed ourselves and went the opposite way. I love how it all turned out. It’s still us. Plus, of course, with the addition of Junji and Wowee, it sounded fresh. Working with Shinji Tanaka and Eric Perlas was pretty cool,” Nathan said.

“Slow Rock Vol. ½” contains four tracks like “Tamalee” which is about insatiable greed; “Di Mo Na Kaya”- a song on separation and loss; “Torquemada”- about pain and torture and “Dahil Sa Iyo” which speaks about love. The videos for “Tamalee” and “Di Mo Na Kaya” are currently playing on top music channels in the country.

“The music videos are amazing. Direk Jason Tan and Erwin Romulo is the shiz. We have a good team,” Nathan said.

Though a lot of bands have been mushrooming left and right, Hijo belies they have the traits that differentiate them from others.

“We are in our prime. Kung baga sa modern warfare, veteran. We pack light, hit hard, retreat, regroup, we adjust and then we attack again. Such is the nature of the pride,” Nathan said.

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