"If you've never heard of Bacolod City's b(r)e(a)st-kept secret (not the chicken dish, though that is equally awesome), then you must be living under a rock. FoodShelterAndClothing has outlasted every self-proclaimed indie band out there. They may not have sold as many records as the Eraserheads, but they have been as influential if not more to many bands who have chosen the road-less-taken DIY way. Their innovative and makeshift recording techniques have earned them the admiration of other musicians who utilize home recording to keep their music free from major label fluff. They have transcended genres, but still maintain the classic spirit of rock and roll, which is all about giving the established status quo and trend the musical equivalent of a raised middle finger. This compilation marks their years of continuing achievement, when other underrated Filipino bands have all but broken and given up. These guys deserve to be the called the heavyweights of the Pinoy indie scene solely by sheer longevity and for being the most prolific even with the least of resources. (I'm sure Bong will crack a joke about his, um, weight.)"
If you were stranded in an island with little shelter, no food, and clothing is sparse then this is the album that I wouldn't want to part with as it embraced all genres of music giving it fsc's twist and personality taking the music to a higher definition on the realities of life that people just refuse to accept. The songs in its entirety gives sanity to a demented perspective with the moving lyrics of PABRIKA, DRUGSTAR, THE PHARMACY, and OKAY.
If you seek something commercially glamorous or some sense of eargasmic fantasy then maybe...you would consider their raw and deep sensibility as far all stages of music are combined.
Dare to believe in the honesty of their music and those beats that pump like a churning machine. It's not all about the drums and the bass but in the power and raw manifesto that they have to release this.
The very breast, the heart that beats indeed!
I came to know FoodShelterAndClothing through the local compilation 8 Track that I, as names are for tombstones, was also a part of. We were the only electronic acts in the compilation and I was happy to discover another project sharing a similar background and taste in music.
I want to believe they are a bunch of cool dudes (LOL!) since I have not met them yet. But exchanges through the years have indicated so (them being cool and fun loving guys) and we have collaborated a couple of times already through their remix/cover of NAFT's song Watari's Machine and my remix/rearrangement of their song Meet The Dead.
Looking forward to hearing and working more with these prolific and resilient (since late 80's!) guys.
electronic musician/ producer, Names Are For Tombstones
Track 12, coda lyrics from
"Crushed by the Wheels of Industry" by Heaven 17
Later on in 2006, I got an email asking us if we could produce a track for an online compilation which features a host of international indie acts of various genres to help give focus to the non-profit organization, Food Not Bombs (yeah, hence the song!). The album was released around 2007, dubbed as “Escape Into Oblivion”.
Now, if there is one song that came by accident on this compilation, it's Tokers Now! Recorded in under an hour, one lazy Saturday afternoon, while chillin’ with one of Sugar City's finest hip hop son Aero. Take note, it was actually the first time we met!!! Though I've heard from sources that he is one helluva freestyler, and apparently he proved that fact (his rap was a one take wonder yo!). We consider it as the sequel to our 1993 song, Tokers Inc.. Ah the mindboggling delights of beer and weed.
As for Drugstar, perhaps it’s one of our most popular track here in Sugar City based on the number of months (yes, months!) it stayed on Killer Bee FM’s Indie Charts. It’s quite amusing having a pro-drugs song being aired on mainstream radio!
Now, you might be wondrin’ how much lazier one can get having only these handful of tracks released over the past 5 years? On the contrary, it’s the busiest time of our entire musical existence ever! All throughout that time period, we did the FFF project, and our collaboration with Las Vegas-based Drum n Bass artist Trihexy, dubbed as StripStrip. While on a personal level, as The Roadside Bums, I was doing loads of remastering and remixing work for almost all SSS releases
(and managing the label too!), as well as doing post-production work for the entire FS&C back catalogue which were subsequently released online. I also did some songwriting and production stints for Joyce Agacer, The Colloidal Mixtures, Light$leep3r, Moaner Lisa, El Kiko's Way, Hardwater (a full-length endeavor called The Prophecy), The Ministry of Truth and most recently, doing post-production duties for L1nt3ch. I also still have pending collaborations with Dhubbly and Cycosis. And don’t forget, I even had the time to do The PodCraSSSh! I guess, we’re too lazy to do anything else but music! Hell, I can’t wait for 2011 to do more of the same shit! Which reminds me, I have to sincerely thank all the lovely peeps mentioned here, for letting me mess with their ouvres, and also to everyone who gave us the opportunity to let us do what we always wanted to do. Y’all been such a blessing and an inspiration.