The Winnipeg Filipino band music scene is progressing slowly but surely. After years of local bands’ covering only songs of their favorite bands, the scene has seen a number of envelope-pushing groups that started to write and release their own materials. These include Immortal Sacrament, Lykosa, Alas, and The 12/21.
Now, another band has joined the league of ensuring there are records to represent the local Filipino-Canadian band community. They call themselves Humous.
Formed in 2013, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Humous is comprised by Julius Cesar Eugenio (bass/vocals), Ross Soriano (guitars), and Junar Maglalang (drums). They describe their music as Indie Lo-Fi Rock, which recalls foreign bands such as Guided by Voices, Pavement, and Young Marble Giants. According to Humous’s leader Eugenio, they were also collectively influenced by bands like The Cure (“Boys Don’t Cry”), Foo Fighters (“Monkey Wrench”), Incubus (“”Black Heart Inertia”), Morphine (“Cure for Pain”), Eraserheads (“Pare Ko”), and Kwerpo Liberacion. He added that, he and the rest Humous hoped for their music to reach as many prospective followers and listeners as possible, so they can imbibe on others their sense of spiritual and social awareness.
Since forming, Humous has already played at a number of events that included a show produced by Pinoy Tribe Entertainment, held at the old Jimel’s Restaurant; an anniversary show of the local musicians’ group FAMOUS (led by local artist and producer Jhayzon Paredes), held at the same venue; and as one of the opening acts for the show of the visiting Philippine bands Siakol and Grin Dept. show at Canton Food Gallery and for Heber Bartolome at the same place.
At the moment, Humous is recording their first full-length album, hoping to have it ready for release and launching this October.
So, watch out for that! Let us support another budding Filipino-Canadian band of Winnipeg by attending their gigs and purchasing copies of their recorded music.