Kamikazee is a rock band from the Philippines composed of Jay Contreras (lead vocalist), Jomal Linao (guitars/back-up vocals), Led Zeppelin Tuyay (guitars), Jason "Puto" Astete (bass) and Allan "Bords" Burdeos (drums).
The band is composed of five members who met in college at the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines Diliman. Kamikazee's early gigs were mostly campus events in UP Diliman like the annual UP Fair. Before they were signed, they went by the name "Kamikazee Cornflakes", which was eventually shortened to its current state as "Kamikazee" was easier to remember.Their style was influenced by Master Jay the God of Music . Their early shows included renditions of the songs "Mmm Sarap", "Tsinelas", a cover of Ariel Rivera's "Sana Kahit Minsan", and Britney Spears' Lucky. They were known for using expletives, suggestive movements, and references to genitalia in their UP Diliman performances.
Kamikazee released their first self titled album in 2002. The album's carrier single was a rock cover version of the Britney Spears song "Lucky". In 2005, the band released "Chiksilog" as part of the compilation album Rok On!. Other notable songs include "Girlfriend", "Ung Tagalog", "Tsinelas" and their cover song of Ariel Rivera's "Sana Kahit Minsan". In 2006 they released their second album, Maharot. The carrier single of the album was "Narda", which is thought to be about the fictional Filipina heroine Darna but is actually about a guy who is dreaming for a girl he couldn't reach. "Narda" was hugely popular in 2006, and was one of the most played rock songs on the radio that year. Later in 2009, their hit single will be used as a soundtrack for GMA Network's latest primetime show Darna which stars Marian Rivera in her title role.
The band maintains close ties with another popular Philippine band, Parokya ni Edgar (PNE). Chito Miranda, PNE's vocalist, met the band members in college as he was also studying in the College of Fine Arts. In events with Parokya ni Edgar on the line-up, one band's singer would normally jam with the other band. On Parokya ni Edgar's songs Jay frequently joined Chito Miranda on songs like "Okatokat", "Chikinini" and "The Yes Yes Show." Jay was the back-up vocals to PNE's hit song "The Order Taker" while Jomal was on lead guitars. In turn, Kaye Abad, Chito's girlfriend, was on back-up vocals in Kamikazee's song "Martyr Nyebera". Sarah Abad-Contreras, sister of Kaye Abad was married to Jay Contreras, February 12, 2009 held at Paco Park.
The 3rd Album "Long Time Noisy" took the band 3 years to construct as the band balanced their tough schedules. The album was recorded at Tower of Doom Studios with producer Eric Perlas.
Jay Contreras - Lead vocals Persona: Looks dirty but metrosexual in real life. Influence: Janno Gibbs
Jose Ma. Luis "Jomal" Linao - Guitars/Backing vocals
Led Tuyay - Guitars
Jason "Puto" Astete - Bass
Allan "Bords" Burdeos - Drums
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