|-- a chronological sequence of significant events in the shaping of halflifehalfdeath (1983-2000)|
1996 was the disintegration years for halflifehalfdeath, conjectured to be brought about by the usual mix of professional and personal jealousy, forking musical directions, personal differences and indifference, time incompatibilities, and repressed and suppressed ill-feelings toward one another.
Jan 2, halflifehalfdeath 5-10 p.m. jam session @ Alberto's practice studio in Annapolis St., Cubao, Quezon City. Afterwards, the group went to Behrouz's kebabhouse beside Café Romeo in Quezon City.
Jan 5, Dunkin Donuts Parksquare, Makati, halflifehalfdeath was interviewed by Manila Standard newspaper column writer Aldrin Cardona (also vocalist-guitarist of Dream Kitchen.) Saw actor/TV host Arnel Ignacio, an acquaintance of the band at the time, caused by halflifehalfdeath's frequent guesting in Channel 9's "Chibugan Na."
Jan 15, vocalist Alfie Mella met Manila Standard newspaper column writer Aldrin Cardona to follow-up the halflifehalfdeath write-up in the said newspaper.
Jan 16, vocalist Alfie Mella submitted halflifehalfdeath promo portfolio to Rock & Rhythm office at Mass Media Pub. Corp. in Quezon City.
Jan 17, Manix Projex Production's "Awakening 2," a New Wave concert party @ Club Dredd-Km. 18-EDSA, halflifehalfdeath performed.
Jan 21, halflifehalfdeath 3-6 p.m. jam session in Alberto's practice studio in Annapolis St., Cubao, Quezon City.
Jan 24 (Wed), two gigs in a night! halflifehalfdeath performed in Club Dredd-Km. 18-EDSA, then, played in "Back to the Edge" concert party in Mayric's. Playset (in order): "Chamber of Hellos" (Wire Train,) original "Butterflies," "Cariñosa," "Kapit-tukô," "Killing Moon" (Echo & the Bunnymen,) "A Night Like This" (the Cure,) "Love Moves in Strange Ways" (Blue Zoo,) "Add It Up" (Violent Femmes.)
Jan 25 (Thu), Vocalist Alfie Mella submitted a democopy of halflifehalfdeath semi-instrumental piece, "Mosh Dance" to music writer/concert producer Babe Breath for a possible inclusion in the aborted compilation album, "The Awakening."
Jan 26 (Fri), halflifehalfdeath played in a gig held at San Beda College in Manila. Guitarist Rain Paggao lost his guitar effects adaptor. Shortly afterward, halflifehalfdeath went to perform in a concert held at Don Bosco-Mandaluyong. Other guests in the presentation included Wolfgang, Razorback, and Dahong Palay.
Feb 5, halflifehalfdeath 10-11 p.m. practice session at Alberto's practice studio in Annapolis St., Cubao, Quezon City.
Feb 7, halflifehalfdeath, set in Mayric's, with Panday Pira. The band met its eventual manager, Edouard Lacson.
Feb 14 (Wed), "Black Valentine," a New Wave-Gothic gig party @ Club Dredd-Km. 18-EDSA, halflifehalfdeath performed along with Dominion, Sonnet LVIII, and Iconoclast among others.
Feb 21 (Wed), vocalist Alfie Mella met organiser "Ruel" in Robinson's Galleria in Ortigas Ave., Pasig City for contract signing for the March 1 Marikina gig.
Feb 28 (Wed), vocalist Alfie Mella met organiser "Ruel" in Robinson's Galleria in Ortigas Ave., Pasig City to get halflifehalfdeath's gig fee (PhP5,000) for the March 1 Marikina concert.
Mar 1 (Fri), halflifehalfdeath played in a gig held at ????School in Marikina. Guitarist Rain Paggao was not present. Playset included "I Nearly Lost You" (Screaming Trees,) "Today" (Smashing Pumpkins,) "Somebody to Shove" (Soul Asylum,) and the very appropriate "High School Life." Alfie Mella gave away PYMYTH PRAHN cassette tapes.
Mar 6, halflifehalfdeath, set in Mayric's, with all-female band Wailing Pixies.
Mar 12, Alfie Mella went to Mayric's to consign PYMYTH PRAHN cassette tapes; playing were Sugar Hiccup and Advent Call.
Mar 18, halflifehalfdeath radio tour! c/o VIVA promotions; DM95.5 @ 4 p.m. and LS 97.1 @ 5 p.m.
Mar 19, halflifehalfdeath radio tour! c/o VIVA promotions; RX93.1 @ 1 p.m., MB90.7, NU107.5 @ 3 p.m., TM89.9 @ 7 p.m. [shit! we met Vina Morales and even shook hands with her!]
Mar 20, halflifehalfdeath 7-8 p.m. practice session at Alberto's practice studio in Annapolis St., Cubao, Quezon City. 8-9 p.m., on-the-air interview and live semi-acoustic performance on DM 95.5 radio station, with DJ ??? at helm. Playset included "In Between Days" (the Cure,) "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" and "This Charming Man" (the Smiths,) "Killing Moon" (Echo & the Bunnymen,) "I Melt With You" (Modern English,) and PYMYTH PRAHN album songs like "Feast in Pastel Castle," "Kapit-tuko," "Alimango," and "Nosi Ba Lasi?" VIVA records sent over boxes of super supreme pizzas and bottles of Coca Cola through ??? Afterwards, set in Mayric's with Dream Kitchen.
Mar 27, halflifehalfdeath members got their artists' copies of PYMYTH PRAHN album from VIVA head office in Quezon Ave., Quezon City.
Mar 23, VIVA records late noon mall show @ Ayala Center Terminal in Makati, halflifehalfdeath performed, along with fellow VIVA contract artists' Piranha and rapgroup Death Threat. Tropical Depression and Ang Grupong Pendong were not able to come. Playset (aside from PYMYTH PRAHN album songs) included "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" (the Smiths) and "In Between Days" (the Cure.) Afterwards, gig @ Club Dredd-Km. 18-EDSA.
Apr 2, halflifehalfdeath promoted its first solo album, PYMYTH PRAHN, on RX93.1 radio station, with DJ Boom at the helm.
Apr 11, halflifehalfdeath jam session @ Alberto's practice studio in Annapolis St., Cubao, Quezon City.
Apr 13, halflifehalfdeath and the Weedd opened for True Faith in a gig held at Claret High School in Quezon City.
Apr 19, halflifehalfdeath played a set with Mariya's Mistress in Halfway Inn, Annapolis St., Greenhills.
Apr 21, Alfie Mella, Rain Paggao, Pet de Jesus, and Ramil Aznar were invited as judges in the elimination part of a "Battle of the Bands" sponsored by AU-LASTING-MELA Youth Organization Zone-III Vergon in Vergonville, Manuela, Las Piñas.
Apr24, halflifehalfdeath, set in Mayric's, with Dream Kitchen.
Apr 28, halflifehalfdeath played as guest band in the grand finals of the "Battle of the Bands" sponsored by AU-LASTING-MELA Youth Organization Zone-III Vergon held at Good Shepherd Parish in Vergonville, Manuela, Las Piñas. Guitarist Rain Paggao was a member of the board of judges, along with Nexxus guitarist Frank ???.
May 3, halflifehalfdeath with Wolfgang performed in a gig held somewhere in Tagaytay.
May 5, VIVA promotional concert in Alabang Town Center, halflifehalfdeath promoted PYMYTH PRAHN album. Also there promoting his album was Jett Pangan and his group.
May 8, halflifehalfdeath, set in Mayric's, with Luna.
May 14, halflifehaldeath 8-9 p.m. jam session @ Noisegate studio in Bacood, Sta. Mesa, Manila. halflifehalfdeath alumna Rozylyn Torres owns Noisegate.
May 15, halflifehaldeath 7:30-9 p.m. jam session @ Noisegate studio in Bacood, Sta. Mesa, Manila.
May 16, Manix Projex Production's "Awakening 3," a New Wave concert party @ Club Dredd-Km. 18-EDSA, halflifehalfdeath played with bands like Ampalaya Juice, Dominion, Sonnet LVIII, and Sugar Hiccup.
May 20, Alfie Mella submitted halflifehalfdeath promotional portfolio (bio, 10 PYMYTH PRAHN cassette tapes, photos) to music writer Marge Tadeja
May 27, halflifehalfdeath 7-10 p.m. practice session @ Annapolis(down) studio in Nepa-Q-mart, Cubao, Quezon City.
May 28, halflifehalfdeath 6-9 p.m. practice session @ Noisegate studio in Bacood, Sta. Mesa, Manila.
May 29, gig at Chatterbox in Timog Ave., Quezon City. Ely Buendia of Eraserheads was there. How he praised "Butterflies," a halflifehalfdeath original, and the band's rendition of Pulp songs. Rain Paggao and Alfie Mella had a petty confrontation concerning the latter's fractious attitude [brought about by pressures created by the band's "professionalisation.]" Another one of the series of band turmoil that would eventually lead to their so-called "disintegration moments."
May 30, halflifehalfdeath met at manager Edouard Lacson's condo unit in Greenhills for tomorrow's gig in Nueva Ecija.
May 31, halflifehalfdeath and the Weedd opened for After Image in a gig held at Central Luzon State University in Nueva Ecija; with a matching late noon motorcade prior to the actual concert. Playset for the successful gig included "Hey Princess" (Popsicle,) "Babies" (Pulp,) "A Night Like This" (the Cure,) and the band's radio hit singles at the time, "High School Life" and "Kapit tuko."
June 18, Alfie Mella met with halflifehalfdeath manager Edouard Lacson in Dunkin Donuts Parksquare, Makati @ 8:30 p.m. to discuss about the former's voice lessons enrolment at Philippine Women's University in Manila. By this time, Alfie's vocal limitation was already beginning to affect the band's musical direction.
June 28, vocalist Alfie Mella promoted halflifehalfdeath's PYMYTH PRAHN album on Channel 7's "Eye to Eye" show. [Remember, the primetime talkshow of Ate Luds/Inday Badiday?] During the night, halflifehalfdeath did a successful gig at Club Dredd, playing mostly songs from their album, and covers that included "Don't Look Back in Anger" (Oasis,) "Disco 2000" (Pulp,) and "Dream All Day" (the Posies.)
July 3, halflifehalfdeath featured live on cable network's Youth TV channel, performing some of their radio singles like "Alimango," "Kapit tuko," and "Butterflies." Coversongs included "Killing Moon" (Echo & the Bunnymen) and "A Night Like This" (the Cure.) Prior meeting place was at manager Edouard Lacson's place in Greenhills, @ 7 p.m.
July 13, halflifehalfdeath held its jam session @ Noisegate practice studio (4-6 p.m.) in Bacood, Sta. Mesa, Manila for the night's Club Dredd gig.
July 31, halflifehalfdeath launched its first solo album, PYMYTH PRAHN, with a gig in Mayric's. Aside from the album songs, the band covered songs like "Birds Fly" (Icicle Works,) "First Picture of You" (Lotus Eaters,) "This Charming Man" (the Smiths,) and "Whirlpool Heart" (Wild Swans.) The legendary band the Dawn with Jett Pangan, Francis Reyes, and Junboy Leonor graced the gig as well; with them pitching in for Caloy Balcels place was Triaxis' Perf de Castro.
Guitarist Rain Paggao left the band, disappearing like a bubble. Alfie Mella bursted and followed suit. Bimbo Ballesteros suffered a minor bone fracture. In the midpart of 1996, Pet de Jesus on vocals and guitars, Ramil Aznar on bass, Ambet Taylo on violins and synthesizer, and Doi of Dominion on Drums, a session drummer, carried through with the name Half Life Half Death and moonlighted for a short while in the clubs Cowboy Grill and Brannigan's. However, Half Life Half Death's bits and pieces ultimately disintegrated into near oblivion.
Ramil Aznar as vocalist and guitarist formed his new band Delicious with Hazel Diez on bass, Erwin Flores on the drums, and Eskie Decena on rhythm guitar. Delicious covered songs from the Rentals' "The love that I'm searching for", Popsicle's "Please Don't Ask", and Superdrag's "Sucked Out". Out from the short-lived Delicious
Ramil Aznar with fellow Half Life Half Death alumnus Ambet Taylo formed Synactix, specializing in technomusic. With the two during Synactix s birth was Bobby Zaballero on bass (ex-Separate Reality/Woodrow.) Synactix did techno version of songs like "Duel" (Propaganda,) "Bizarre Love Triangle" (New Order,) "Eyes Without A Face" (Billy Idol,) and "16 Hours" (the last Half Life Half Death original song since the band's demise.)
Around November, Alfie Mella, then a document analyst in Quorum Litigation Services in Mandaluyong City, formed an office band named Q with officemates Leonidas "Idas" (?) on guitar, "Jerk" on bass, and James Aguas on the drums. Q performed songs by Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Bølshøi in QLS's company anniversary celebration held at Olivarez College Gym in Sucat, Parañaque.
|Half Life Half Death @ Noise Gate Studio|
|Delicious L-R: Ramil Aznar, Eskie Decena, Hazel Diez, & Erwin Flores|
Synactix @ a fashion show in ABG's
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