The Very Breast of FoodShelterAndClothing

“FoodShelterAndClothing are prolific!
Finally, the boys from Bacolod are curating an exhibit of their classics and all time favorites
for fans and first timers wanting a taste of their demented sweetness.”

Writer/Blogger/Philippine Goth Icon

"I heard Cybersong during the 90's and i was surprised to hear that a band from Bacolod did this?!
I was totally blown away and became an instant and forever be a fan of fs&c.
Thanks for the influence mates."

Keyboardist, Tanya Markova

"They're best thing that ever happened to music since groupies!"

Hip hop artist/ producer/ AMPON member

"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.)"

electronic musician/producer, CERUMENTRIC

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 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!

music correspondent/blogger/events producer, Skyray is Love

What? Another compilation? Haha.

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.

Noel Acosta
electronic musician/ producer, Names Are For Tombstones

Side One:
1.     Okay (Another Mix) +
2.     The Pharmacy (Prescription Mix) +
3.     FoodNotBombs (Carlin’s World)
4.     Bum Baby (Nite Version) +
5.     Krafty (Brutal Mix) +
6.     The Manifest (Full Length Version)
7.     Meet The Dead (Zombiefied Mix) +
8.     Tokers Now! Feat. Aero (Water Pipe Mix)
9.     Communique (Outbox Mix)
10. Drugstar (Pusherman’s Video Mix)
11. Hate (Aggravated Assault Mix) +
12. Pabrika (Industriyalisasyon) Feat. Elemento

Side Two:
13. Okay (Original ’05 Version)
14. The Pharmacy (Original ‘05 Version)
15. FoodNotBombs (A Safer World) +
16. Bum Baby (Club Nowhere Mix) +
17. Krafty (Blitz Mix)
18. The Manifest (Demo Version)
19. Tokers Now! Feat. Aero (Original Version)
20. Meet The Dead (NAFT’s Reanimation Mix)
21. Communique (Original Inbox Version)
22. Drugstar (Original Version)
23. Theme From Dungeons and Drugwhores
24. Pornitude (Bitch House Mix) +

(+) Previously unreleased track, exclusive to this album.
All tracks produced and arranged by fs&c, except where indicated.
All words and music by fs&c, except where indicated.
This compilation remixed and remastered from the original .wav files
by the roadside bums for stickysweetsounds.
P and C SSS Records 2010

Main credits:
Bong – vocals, over-all programming, digi-drums/percussions, samples, keyboards
Jem – bass, sequencer programming on trk. 1, 2, 13, 14, vocals on 3, 7, 15, 20
Chris – guitar on 21, 22
Roland – lead guitar on 6
Aero – rap on 8, 19
Elemento – spoken word sampled from their original track, “Industriyalisasyon”
NAFT – remix and additional music on 20

Extra credits:
Track 3 contains a spoken word sample from George Carlin (R.I.P.)
Track 4 contains samples from “Nite Runner” by Duran Duran and Timbaland
Track 5 and 17, original words & music by New Order, with samples from their
song “Crystal”. Coda lyrics on trk. 5 are from “Love Vigilantes”.
Track 12, coda lyrics from 
"Crushed by the Wheels of Industry" by Heaven 17
Track 24 contains samples from “Spiritualized” by K Klass

The Greatest Tits (2005-2010)

This anthology chronicles our full-on foray into computer-based recording and production. For the luddites that we are, we only managed to start doing such back in 2005 (I finally got to own a workable desktop pc in late 2004). The same year when we were invited to play the Bacolod leg of the (now defunct) concert series. Being reduced to a 2 man band, we crammed and began producing music (using a hardware sequencer patched to the pc’s soundcard via our trusty 4 track cassette recorder circa 1993, then mixed down to a mini-disc, remember those?) that became the backing tracks for our 15 minute set (as documented on the DVD “BADACIDFLICKS”). One of the songs, was the revamped version of our 1995 single, The Pharmacy which ended up on Fiestamundo's site.  We reckon, the original ’95 version was pretty much the definitive one, which can be true. But perhaps, this version made a decade later, is just as valid, and apparently a different specie altogether, with a certain menace and a sonic wallop that we thought was missing from the first version. I reckon, if the original was inspired by LSD and codeine, this version is more like a line of coke with a tab of E! The Pharmacy was also featured in one of the Overtune Project online compilation albums in 2006.  Also, in the same year, we were asked by Sleepyheads' frontman Erick Encinares to contribute a song for an album, the very limited edition "8 Track" CD (now a collectors item), which we did with the then newly re-recorded version of Okay. FYI, it was one of the earliest songs we put on tape (1993), and since the original cassette recording was deemed as unplayable by then, we decided, it’s worthy enough to be resuscitated and given the modern treatment it deserves.  As of this writing, Okay is still hovering’s alternative charts, which perhaps makes it our most “popular” shit online. Well, besides the porn we posts on our multiply site.

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”.
It was also around this time, when we tried giving new life to some of our past tracks which we thought weren’t given much justice due to our lack of the right equipment back in the day, one of which was the supposedly “clubby vibe” of Bum Baby originally done back in 1995 which was then recorded using a crude guitar sampler. By the way, yes the song is about yours truly. You know what they say…write about what you know! Anyhow, making electronic dance music has always been one of our goals since day one, and having a computer at our disposal was a realization of that dream. Ergo, “the full-on 4 on the floor with blinding strobelights” version of Bum Baby included right here. Incidentally, both versions of Bum Baby and Krafty (Brutal Mix) were never officially released, thus are exclusive to this compilation. Whilst Krafty (Blitz Mix) was included in the SSS compilation, HolidaySSS.
Speaking of Krafty, it was also around '07 when Lionel Valdellion (QED Records' head honcho) mentioned in one of his posts on his online label's site, that it'd be a good idea if he could release a New Order tribute album, featuring all Pinoy acts, particularly those on QED’s roster. Being such massive fans of the Mancunian lot, we immediately started working on Krafty, which for us was quite a fitting track, considering it’s the first single from the last New Order album. And I'd like to think that its title is an homage of sorts to one of their main influence, Kraftwerk, in which we're also huge fans of (duh!). Unfortunately, that planned tribute was shelved, maybe because we’re the only ones who actually went on and recorded a track?. Regardless of which, we're proud of this version, and we thought it was just right that we're actually able to do it, and not just on a live setting (note: we used to cover Dream Attack and Love Vigilantes during our days with The Bottles). Speaking of which, The Manifest was actually written with our former band in mind. To those familiar enough (man, you’re old!) with our ancient sound, it's actually the closest thing we can get to 1989 without the aid of a time machine. Fuck, we even employed the fretwork prowess of Roland (a veteran heavy metal axeman from Bacolod) to do all the scorching solos to make the nostalgia trip plausible. And to this day, if there is one song that truly represented our genre-bending musical roots, hands down, The Manifest is it! In fact it was so dear to us, it’s our only song which was released as a triple maxi-single with a countless number of versions, and remixes from various acts. Unfortunately, I don’t think a lot of people actually heard of it at all! But we’re not surprised really, considering that back in 2008, it was like the height of fuckin Emo and Hipster shit, and those pussies would rather weep and die on a dark corner with their skinny jeans on, than listen to a song that goes “We’re the suicide bombers, motherfuckers. Leading your daughters to the slaughter!”

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.
Later that evening, right after Jem recorded his tracks for his FucktheFuckingFuckers' project. I saw in one of his notes the lyrics for Meet The Dead. I told him, I wrote an “ode to robots” which might suit his words, and it’ll be perfect as our Halloween single! By the way, the song has nothing to do with ghouls and ghosts, it’s about 'em poor "white collar zombies" (nee office/factory drones), that we all dread of becoming.
As for Communique and Drugstar, both tracks we're recorded again in one afternoon, when our longtime guitarist Christian (who is based in Japan) came by for a visit. Apparently, the dude's chops are still tight enough to do such disparate songs in one session. Incidentally Communique (Inbox Mix) was featured in A Sound Relief (2009), an online benefit album for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy, as produced and compiled by Erik "Cerumentric" Fabian. Whilst the Outbox Mix, was included in the Digi-Love compilation series, produced and compiled by laptop muso Happyboy

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!
In early 2010, Happyboy asked if I could contribute a spoken word bit to a project he's working on. Using my damn cellphone as a voice recorder, and half a bottle of brandy, Hate was born! As honest as I want to have it on record, I left my stuttering and quivering voice in! it's one fucked up stream-of-consciousness bit! Now please don't ask me who the person is I'm referring to in it…I'll never tell! Trivia, this is the only Pinoy song I know in existence that contains the ancient and mystical Hispanic term of endearment, “Hijo de Puta” in the lyrics!
Regarding Pabrika (Industriyalisasyon), you can read my comprehensive notes right HERE.
Oh yeah, The Theme from Dungeons and Drugwhores, is actually the “b side” (bonus track) of the Drugstar maxi single.
And Pornitude is partly a 2010 update of our 1996 “piano on meth” track Amphibian Ambition, from the album “A Series of Low Blows”, and also included in "Analogue Whores". And parts of it are outtakes from the Pabrika sessions. Its just a little attempt to go back to our jazz roots…with an imaginary porn flick soundtrack in mind!

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.
Finally, to those who are familiar with our most recent compilation, Analogue Whores, perhaps now the circle is complete…we proudly present to you…Digital Pimps!

Bum Baby




glenn said...

Good Read.. Nice! Repost..

StickySweetSounds said...

thanks so much glenn.happy holidays:-)