Since the 2007 release of Every Moss and Cobweb, Typecast has become the unlikely vanguards of musicianshipin an artistic landscape replete with fleeting trends. It has taken them years of relentless touring and considerablepersonal sacrifices to reach this point, all for the sake of preserving their vision. After a wearying decade ofdefying expectations, it is no ...surprise that Typecast has lapsed into an uncharacteristic silence. There comes atime when artist suffer from their own creations, and it becomes necessary to renew in order to survive. Now,after three years of introspection,Typecast has returned from their self-imposed exile with How Your InfluenceBetrays You – their most ambitious effort to date.Recorded at Tower of Doom with the guidance of the inimitable Eric Perlas, How Your Influence Betrays You is asprawling reflection of the long, timorous road that Typecast has traveled, harking back to their humblebeginnings in Laguna while heralding the promise of the future. The first single - This Kind of Silence, combinesthe enthusiasm and sincerity the band has become known for while giving a glimpse of the bold new directionthey have taken. The band further brings to light their evolving sophistication with the album opener, Unwilling, amelancholic and deceptively gentle meditation that reveals their exceptional musical complexity along with theirever-present desire to defy expectations. Typecast‘s greatest strength, however, has always lain in forging newground while remaining true to their underground roots, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the raucousand impassioned The Truth and the menacing opus As Silent As Death, collaborations with longtime friends, RogelAfricaand Tatel Marcelino, both of seminal metal band Valley of Chrome. Showcasing the beauty in simplicity, theband also reveals newfound depth and worldliness with the existential You Will Be Alone, a stark and lonelyparable that is sure to become an instant classic.In an era defined by the ephemeral, Typecast has once again made their mark by eschewing the familiar,continuing their decade-long tradition of pushing musical boundaries and daring experimentation. Now, they laybare ten years’ worth of creativity and emotion, simultaneously honoring their past while hinting towards thesound of things to come. Condensing a decade of experience into one album is a challenge, but this new releasemanages to encapsulate the trials and tribulations that have shaped them into the artists they have become. WithHow Your Influence Betrays You, Typecast has taken their fearlessness and inventiveness to the zenith, goingbeyond their influences to create something truly transcendental.EVERY MOSS AND COBWEB / THE INFATUATION IS ALWAYS THEREEmerging from the underground music haven of Laguna, Philippines, Typecast have staked their claim at theforefront of the scene with their unique brand of aching sincerity and arresting melodies. Through unforgettablelive shows, a devoted fan base, and their unrelenting DIY ethic, the band continues to shatter preconceptions ofwhat an underground band can offer, garnering admiration from fans as well as from the bands that inspired themto forge their own path. Typecast began as a three-piece band in 1999, when founding members Steve Badiola(guitar, vocals) and Melvin Macatiag (drums) met in high school. They later recruited Chi Resurreccion (bass) andbegan playing shows in their hometown in Laguna. After establishing a local fan base, intense word-of-mouth andnonstop touring led the band to the hallowed halls of the Philippines premier rock station, NU 107, and a guestspot on In the Raw, NU 107s landmark program spotlighting up-and-coming local bands. The trio recorded thebarebones EP Last Time in 2002, capturing the frenetic energy and raw emotion of their live performances.Typecast continued to perform in support of the EP, eventually catching the attention of Raymund Marasigan,formerly of legendary Filipino band The Eraserheads.The year 2004 saw the release of Typecasts first full-length album, The Infatuation Is Always There. The album,produced by Marasigan, was an emotional and musical tour de force, revealing an emotional maturity and superiormusicianship uncaptured by the rawness of their previous release. The aftermath of Infatuation brought morechanges to the band. With little radio airplay and minimal promotion, Typecasts debut album reachedunprecedented heights for an independent release, exposing them to a new audience and changing the landscapeof Filipino music. The band satisfied the publics hunger by touring the country even more extensively and honingtheir live act on the Philippines major music festivals.Typecast soon headed back into the studio, this time with new member Pacoy Fletchero (guitar) in tow. The bandmade their way to Studio 101, in Malaysia, and recorded their second album, Every Moss and Cobweb. Thestrength of the songs on Every Moss is a testament to the bands distinct but evolving style. From the fragile andmoving album opener, You Dont Need Eyes To See, to the visceral defiance of The Conflict, and to the anthemiclament of Will You Ever Learn, Typecast continues to showcase their growing versatility. Every Moss, distributednationally by Warner Music Philippines, allowed Typecast to reach even wider audiences; the public reaction to thealbum has been extraordinary, gaining them new followers and satisfying their longtime fans as well. With 2007coming to a close, Typecast continues to write new songs and tour relentlessly, preserving their reputation as aformidable live band. Never content to rest on their laurels, it is certain that Typecasts drive will cement theirstatus as one of the best Philippine local bands to emerge from the underground.
TYPECASTHow Your Influence Betrays Youby Pulp MagazineSTILL THE BEST THERE IS AT WHAT THEY DOLike grunge in the early 1990s and nu-metal afterwards, emo may have been the mostprominent rock subgenre – or “sound,” if you will – of the past decade. While bothgrunge and nu-metal have offered a number of excellent, timeless acts that arguablytranscended both genres (e.g. Nirvana, Soundgarden, Deftones, System Of A Down),both have sadly been reviled as passing fads years after the fact, mainly because amajority of the bands both scenes left in their wakes offered nothing new in the way ofevolution, and listeners’ ears simply got pummeled by the seemingly endless airplay ofthese bands’ turgid yet unexceptional radio singles. (Most atrocious of all were thegroups that combined the worst elements of both grunge and nu-metal, like Creed andStaind, but let’s not get into that anymore.)It’s too early to tell, however, if emo will be similarly dismissed as another fleeting phase(the hairdo got old pretty quick, though), since a good number of the earlier and/or moreimportant bands associated with the genre are still actively making good music and/or arestill relevant today. While both grunge and nu-metal certainly made an impact on ourlocal scene, neither could probably come close to the sheer number of emo-influencedacts in the country right now. I will refrain from enumerating names at the risk ofoffending anyone (besides, a true emo band will never own up to being emo), but it’s anaccepted notion that the Laguna-born Typecast may be considered as the ones who lit thefuse for the local emo explosion, or at least one of the earliest acts of their ilk to get anysignificant airplay or reach a wide audience. I remember seeing this band live for the firsttime at a friend’s birthday party sometime in 2002 or 2003, and I was blown away bytheir chops and the expressive clarity of singer/guitarist Steve Badiola’s voice (I neverlistened to Dashboard Confessional, though, so the vocal resemblance was unknown tome). Soon, none other than Raimund Marasigan (whose band Sandwich also performed atthe same party) offered to produce Typecast’s first full-length recording, 2004′s TheInfatuation Is Always There, and the rest is history.It’s 2011, and Typecast has just released their third record, How Your Influence BetraysYou, and upon an initial spin, the first thing most listeners may notice is that it’s a lotheavier than any of their previous albums. Both “The Crows Are Hungry” and “Charm”contain chunky power chords and enough rhythmic and dynamic shifts to almost makethem qualify as “math emo,” if there were such a thing (think Fall Of Troy). Some of thetracks are among the angriest they’ve ever done, too, from Badiola’s piercing “Goodriddaaaaaance!” at the end of “Crows,” to his growl-and-response verses with Valley OfChrome’s Rogel Africa on “The Truth.” Most significantly, the seven-plus-minutes of“As Silent As Death” showcase Typecast at their most convincing and relentless, asBadiola furiously laments the fate of the environment and the human race while hisbandmates succeed in matching his sentiments with precision, power, and grace,
including a rare, extended guitar solo by guitarist Pakoy Fletchero that doesn’t feelcontrived or self-indulgent at all.After the relative success of 2007′s Every Moss And Cobweb, thanks in part to theconsiderable recall factor of the single “Will You Ever Learn,” fans might be hard-pressed to find a similar anthem on How Your Influence Betrays You. The sublime“Konu Yakusoku” could probably fit the role, and while its chorus simply isn’t asmassive as “Unlonely nights / romantic moments,” it nevertheless contains a strongerhook. That’s not to say that there aren’t any potential hits on the new record, though;teaser single “This Kind Of Silence” is among the most compellingly upbeat and melodicsongs they’ve ever done, while the dramatic post-hardcore waltz of “You Still Have ALong Way To Go” might very well be the album’s strongest track.Typecast’s latest full-length may not be their best, only because each of their records hasits own distinct set of strengths and weaknesses that may factor into every fan’s eventualjudgment. In this case, the increased presence of electronic blips and beats (as on thealbum’s instrumental intro, “Unwilling,” and on the title track) could be annoying, or atleast distracting to some listeners, but overall, How Your Influence Betrays You deservespraise nonetheless, as it evidently displays the band’s musical growth via more ingeniousarrangements and incorporating more elements like metal and post-rock without strayingtoo far from their chosen sound. The album isn’t as much a redefinition of emo as it is aproper demonstration of what can be done within the genre’s parameters to keep itsounding interesting and fresh. Indeed, Badiola, Fletchero, drummer Melvin Macatiag,and bassist Chi Resurreccion upped their game once more on this record, coming up withanother collection of songs that may not immediately surpass their previous material, butrather complements it while showing signs growth individually and as a group. At theend of the day, Typecast are definitely worthy of kudos if only for sticking to their gunsand playing the kind of music they love, and after almost a decade of going at it, they’restill the best there is. And somehow, they’re still getting better.