American dreampop/indietronica band The Bilinda Butchers are returning to Manila for a show at Tono in Kapitolyo, Pasig this December 6.
The quartet first performed in Manila last May 18, 2018 as over 250 people packed the 20:20 Bar in Makati.
Indie promotions outfit Record Parade Mob, the brainchild of Dino Domingo Mendoza, is bringing the Bilinda Butchers back a second time with the band gaining more awareness if not popularity.
“I suppose that’s what happens when you name yourself after someone like Bilinda Butcher, surmised The Bilinda Butchers’ creative force, Michael Palmer. “I’m certain any visibility we’ve received is attributed to her and her contributions to My Bloody Valentine so of course we’re very grateful and fortunate that she gave us her blessing to use it for our project.
“There is a stereotype in America that everyone in the Philippines is incredibly kind which I was pleased to find out to be true,” said Palmer. “It’s like visiting family; a warm welcome with good conversation over great food with a sense of comfort and security.”
“Dino and all his friends are both amazingly talented and very passionate about art and music. What in life is better than being around passionate people? No doubt that is a huge factor in why we feel so comfortable. Of course, we’ve loved all the countries we’ve traveled to but what makes our time in Manila memorable is how quickly we felt at home. It isn’t easy to find that sense and comfort in place when you’ve only been around for a few days.”
The Bilinda Butchers, named after My Bloody Valentine’s guitarist and vocalist Bilinda Butcher, will be performing songs from their debut mini-album Regret, Love, Guilt, Dreams that was released back in 2011, their album Heaven that came out in 2014, and their most recent effort, Night and Blur that was released in 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown.
“Like Heaven, Night and Blur was designed as a conceptual album based around a story I wanted to tell,” bared Palmer. “Beyond piecing compositions together from song ideas I was writing, I took a lot of time – probably too much time – fitting each song into each part of the story and subsequently changing the instrumentation, lyrics, and sometimes the overall mood in order to fit that story.”
Night and Blur, drifted somewhat from the band’s dream pop sound and ventured into electronica.
“In terms of influences for Night and Blur, the most notable are the records Temperamental and Walking Wounded by Everything But the Girl. It was Justin from Craft Spells who showed me those records and I remember being so impressed with how elegantly EBTG were able to fuse that sort of indie style songwriting and heartfelt lyrics they are known for with the excitement of electronic music production. To this day I still haven’t heard anything quite like it.”
“I never thought we were a particularly exciting band to see live. I started, and continued for a long time, writing songs in a way that made it difficult to translate to a four-piece live band. But over the years we’ve slowly augmented the earlier compositions to suit a live setting and I think this tour specifically will finally be the best reflection of all that work.”
From Night and Blur, the songs that best translate into a live setting and are well received by fans are the title track and “Last Train” (the final track of the album).
“The song ‘Night and Blur’ in my opinion at least, works quite well. It’s a pretty conventional ‘rock’ song which required very few alterations to fit in with the rest.”
“’Last Train’ we rebuilt considerably only because so much of what we like about drum and bass music has to do with the sound of electronic drums. For this song at least It doesn’t quite have the same feel when played on a drum set.”
The Bilinda Butchers are Michael Thomas Palmer, Adam Honingford, Lukas Unterstenier, and Brock Lowry.
Tickets to The Bilinda Butchers show at Tono this March 6 can be purchased at https://rpm.helixpay.ph
The album Night and Blur have been available since its release in various indie shops in the metropolis.