Today’s bands can learn a thing or ten on resilience from Razorback. After five full-length albums, a number of lineup changes, and a staggering 22 years in the business, Razorback is still here, still at it, still making noise like it was 1995.
Since its humble Led Zeppelin- and Black Sabbath-covering beginnings in 1990, Razorback—now made up of vocalist Kevin Roy, guitarist Tirso Ripoll, bassist Louie Talan, drummer Brian Velasco, and guitarist Manuel Legarda (also of 90s rock contemporaries Wolfgang)—has gone on to take its place in the hallowed halls of OPM as one of the country’s most enduring rock acts.
Razorback started their recording success with the release of debut album Hebigat Sounds Volume One in 1995, which spawned“Giyang”, a track that still gets sing-alongs and head bangs whenever it is played. In 1997, they released the follow-up Beggar’s Moon, which includes the hits “Ikot ng Mundo” and “Payaso”.
The year 1998 saw Razorback put out another album, Star. The music video for the single “Voodoo, Who Do?” was hailed Rock Video of the Year at the 1999 NU 107 Rock Awards. Two more full-length albums followed: Razorback in 2002 and Three Minutes of Glory in 2011.
Razorback counts among its crew some of the most revered performers in Pinoy rock: Roy, Ripoll, and Talan have all been honored with Rock Awards. Legarda, who joined the band in 2003, has himself bagged two Guitarist of the Year plums with Wolfgang.
No wonder the rock stalwarts were chosen to open for Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Silverchair, and Bon Jovi during these international rock stars’ Manila pitstops.
With so much raw talent in one band, really, how can you expect them to just pack up and fade away?
Hit play on the videos below for a glimpse of Razorback’s generation-defying rock chops:
Bang your heads to Razorback at the first-ever Manila Music Festival, happening on May 1 at the Alphaland Bay City, Paranaque City.