Filipino post-punk rock band The Black Vomits — composed of Joyen Santos (vocals), Bryan Escueta (guitars), Julius Sanvictores (drums), and Igan D’Bayan (bass) — is launching its self-titled vinyl record of all-original songs with an operetta, written by D’Bayan, which will be staged on May 20, Friday, 8 p.m., at the Power Mac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati.
The Gray Ground features actors from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts, DJ Mia Ayesa, as well as performers from Ballet Philippines.
The work focuses on Jan, a writer who, as D’Bayan describes, “wakes up every day and wonders whether he will get the inspiration to write his first literary work, and be like Pynchon or The Bard… but he gets sucked into the vortex of dead-end jobs.” Interwoven with his story is the music to be performed live by The Black Vomits.
He explains, “The protagonist wants to be like Burroughs, Borges and other greats, despite existing in a futuristic age inhabited by well-dressed shadowy figures and robot careerists all smelling of apps and money. An anachronistic dream, perhaps. But, you know, dreaming of transcendence is timeless.Plus, it’s a metaphor for the band’s own struggle.”
D’Bayan explains that The Gray Ground is the band’s love letter to the rock opera and the concept album. “It’s an attempt to approximate vinyl records you put on, trip to and get euphoric by. We wanted it to be glorious, loud, cosmological, epic, Kafkaesque, Floydian, anachronistic and risky.”
The Gray Ground — directed by Bianka Bernabe, with stage design by Marco Ortiga and The Working Animals (TWA) — is presented in partnership with GIST.PH, Circuit Makati, Saint Benilde SDA Arts Management Batch 114, and supported by Wrangler, Doc Martens, Res | Toe | Run, John Robert Powers, Bomberg, JB Music, Audiophile, MAC Cosmetics, and Herbalife.
Tickets are available at P1,000 each. For inquiries and reservations, call or SMS 0917-8017304, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.