Text and photos by Charms Tianzon
“Jopay, kamusta ka na?” Probably one of the most heard words in the history of the local music scene from 2002 and at present, this lyric quote is penned by Monty Macalino: the main man of the band Mayonnaise. It had been 17 years since the band started and for Mayonnaise, having a first ever solo concert at the Music Museum feels surreal. Thus, the gig is billed “Akalain Mo ‘Yun: Mayonnaise Live at the Music Museum.” This upcoming concert is set on June 29, Saturday, 7:30 PM.
During the press conference held last Thursday (May 23) at El Calle Food and Music Hall in Resorts World Manila, everyone in the band showed enthusiasm. As a hard-working band who, in years, would put up their own events for the sake of music, Mayonnaise is not one of your “we-got-popular-overnight” acts. This five-piece Filipino alternative rock band got lucky for winning the renowned “Red Horse Muziklaban” in 2004, yes, but it is their diligence and consistency in making music that got them to this big break.
True enough, their concert wouldn’t be including the Foo Fighters as guests (a dismaying realization for Monty who wanted them there), however, the band will have a very interesting repertoire with The Manila String Machine. One Music PH is bringing together a collaboration of these two acts to create a night they hope everyone would remember. It is a different take on the kind of sound Mayonnaise has always given their audience but for the most part, imagining a quartet classically meshed with their guitar rock vibe via pop sensibilities could stir up the stage.
Mayonnaise has been active in the Pinoy Rock Music scene since 2002. They have released records under Sony Music / Vamp Records (2003–2007); Viva Records (2008–2011); Yellow Room Music Philippines (2011–present); and Warner Music Philippines (2016–present). They have grazed various festivals and school fairs, then and now, mostly tediously waiting out the trip inside the van. They have adjusted the scheme of things in their music career because of several changes within the members of the band and even ended up with their former roadie taking up the guitarist slot. They have helped other artists to bring their music out into the world because as Monty would put it, “I felt how it was to be rejected.” They have played for the sake of passion, mostly. Now, they are ready for their first solo concert.
So, catch Monty Macalino (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, keyboard synthesizer), Shan Regalado (drums, percussion), Carlo Servano (lead and rhythm guitar with backing vocals), Nikki Tirona (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Keano Swing (rhythm guitar, backing vocals) in this momentous event in the history of Mayonnaise. It isn’t a night of condiment eating but a night of music listening; as the Smashing Pumpkins would put it, in their hit song “Mayonnaise” (where the band took their name), for years the music made was “out of love and out of feeling.”