Apologies for the delays. Been deliberating the way to go about this lengthy story that covers simply 10 brief months, however we’re gonna do it The Final Dance-style, going ahead. Two new installments per week.
Additionally, sorry if this collection gained’t have too many footage going ahead. Nonetheless making an attempt to dig ’em out, although with no less than 11 days remaining on lockdown, there’s nonetheless a number of time for that…I hope.
ICYMI, the hyperlink to the primary a part of the Pest Management System story could be discovered beneath.
What ought to have been our first face-to-face assembly as a band in October 1999 by no means got here to move, as torrential rains and large flooding stored me stranded for 3 hours in my residence province of Cavite whereas Ben was in a position to meet up with Paolo and Claire within the Makati space as scheduled. We did, nonetheless, efficiently reschedule issues for the next Saturday, with Goey displaying up first among the many band’s recruits, as would typically be the case going ahead. Credit score the place credit score was due, he was at all times the one sane man within the band, the one “grownup” presence — even if I had simply turned 21 — and arguably, the chief of our humble group at the same time as early as then.
Subsequent to reach was Ben, who, regardless of being the infant of the band, towered over the remainder of us, standing round 5-foot-9, 5-foot-10, even on the tender age of 14. He was VERY soft-spoken and barely spoke a phrase of Tagalog at the moment, although as we’d quickly discover out, he positively knew the way to swear within the native tongue, awkward because it sounded again then. And eventually, arriving about an hour after the scheduled assembly time, we received to satisfy Anton, who, being a highschool sophomore like Ben, was nonetheless just a few years away from getting inked and finishing his “rap steel famous person” look. (As I used to tease him.) However he was getting there, man, with the chains and the elephant pants and the shirts to match. He had way more rock ’n’ roll in him than the three of us mixed, boasting an plain charisma and a great deal of untapped expertise as a frontman and songwriter.
A lot as I can’t bear in mind for the lifetime of me the place we had met, I do do not forget that Goey’s position was unanimously determined from the beginning — he’d be our lead guitarist. Ditto my position because the band’s drummer. My reminiscence will get a bit foggy with regards to who performed rhythm guitar and who performed bass throughout our early rehearsals, however I additionally do not forget that all of us received an opportunity to sing lead on our respective compositions. Which mainly meant everybody had their time to shine as a frontman — besides me, that’s.
The very first band rehearsals happened in what was then referred to as Quad in Makati. Again then, Excellent Pitch was the Cadillac of native rehearsal studios, the creme de la creme when it comes to sound and instrument high quality. It rightfully fetched a hefty value of 250 PHP per hour, and whereas that price didn’t change once I returned to the identical studio years later with one other band, the sound/instrument high quality had likewise turned to shit. However again then, Excellent Pitch was the studio you needed to do enterprise with if you happen to needed the very best.
As we continued working towards within the Saturdays that adopted, we added yet one more to our repertoire. Anton contributed a music sort-of impressed musically by Blink-182’s “What’s My Age Once more,” however with much less juvenile humor and extra juvenile angst. Initially entitled “Fuckin’ Dazed,” I had the genius concept of renaming it as a tribute to my then-crush from a Manila-based mIRC Undernet chatroom. Let’s simply name it “Pabili Ng ____” on this story to guard the harmless, lets?
At this level, Paolo and Claire had just about turn out to be our de facto managers, with Paolo doing many of the legwork to unfold the phrase about this ragtag bunch of misfits and discover us some alternatives to play. However whereas ready for gigs to return by, we oftentimes frolicked rather a lot after rehearsal and bonded as a band, talking virtually completely in English and chain-smoking cigarettes (West Ice was a specific favourite) whereas speaking about typical teenage subjects — college life (no less than for them), ladies, our favourite native and overseas bands, and no matter random shit we’d take into consideration. Owing to our ADHD, Anton and myself (particularly Anton) have been as random as fuck. And although our discussions may get fairly bawdy, as is commonly the case with a band of men aged 14 to 21, we’d, in fact, maintain it (barely) cleaner every time Goey’s feminine pal (identical one I discussed in Half 1) would be a part of us to look at our rehearsals.
Generally, we’d drink after rehearsal — whereas ensuring Ben didn’t odor like booze in the course of the uncommon occasions he’d even have a beer — although these moments have been uncommon. Anton and myself had separate night time lives of our personal, Ben was principally a squeaky-clean 14-year-old who needed to be residence at a sure hour, and Goey wasn’t a lot for partying.
Nevertheless, it was throughout a kind of uncommon nights out as a band that we lastly, THANKFULLY, got here up with a reputation. Now I don’t fairly recall who was driving — Paolo’s trusty driver Gardo (so nicknamed due to his resemblance to Mr. Versoza), or maybe we have been in Goey’s automotive and he was behind the wheel. However it was a totally random sighting as we had the home windows rolled down so we may smoke — the phrases “PEST CONTROL” on a, nicely, pest management firm’s truck.
I’m certain I used to be in all probability like, “hey, Pest Management Company sounds good, ’trigger that’s what Inexperienced River’s ‘PCC’ stands for.” However another person — Goey, Ben, or Anton — mentioned “system,” and all of us agreed that it sounded excellent with “pest management.” Therefore, we have been, from that late October 1999 day ahead, referred to as PEST CONTROL SYSTEM, or PCS for brief.
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