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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

May 2, 2015

Rock Band Rocksteddy Goes Into Hiphop In Their New Album, 'Rapsteddy, Kinagat Ng Seven Lions'

ROCKSTEDDY, with Teddy Corpuz of “Showtime” as its lead singer, was launched in 2003 by Teddy, drummer Jeff Cucullo and guitarist Howie Ramos as a Christian acoustic band. In 2005, they turned to alternative rock. Their debut album was “Tsubtsatagilidakeyn” and its best known songs are "Lagi Mo Na Lang Akong Dinededma," "Gising Na," and the Close Up single "Smile at Me."

They also did the theme song, "Superhero," for the fantaserye “Super Inggo”. This was followed by their second album, “Break na Tayo” and their third, “Ayos Lang Ako”, which spawned the hit “Boy Kulot”. In 2013, they released the Extended Play album, “Instadramatic”, with hits like “Sama-Sama” and “Sa Panaginip”, hitting the Gold Record.

Howie has since left the band and has been replaced by Juven Pelingon as lead guitarist and they added Christian Sandico as bass guitarist. They’re now launching a new album, “RapSteddy, Kinagat ng Seven Lions”, where they try doing rap songs. The hiphop sound definitely makes this a total departure from their past song and albums. “For a change, we’re trying something new and different,” says Teddy. “After this, we might do ‘JassSteddy’ and other music genres naman.”

They might be considered a threat by other hiphop artists? “Hindi naman. Si Andrew E. nga, natutuwa we did something like this. Billy Crawford gave us one track while Marcus Davies contributed three tracks. This is just for fun. The humor of our songs, for which we are known, remain the same, from the lead single, ‘Katol’, to “Mamatay na Umutot”, “Hopia”, “Boy Buraot”, “Batas” and “Move with Me’. Gusto talaga ng tao, natatawa sila.”

No doubt his exposure in a daily noontime show likie “Showtime” helps their band. “Siempre, iba yung nakikita ka sa TV. Alam nila, buhay pa rin ang Rocksteddy. Saka pag may bago kaming pinauusong kanta sa show like ‘Boom Panes’, ‘E Di Wow’ and now, ‘Madam Bertud’, kapag may gig kami, audience na sumisigaw ng ‘O, Madam Bertud naman ang kantahin nyo!’ Hindi lang naman ako ang rocker na napapanood na sa TV, nandiyan din si Bamboo, si Billy Crawford, sina Kean Cipriano nga’t Mark Abaya, nag-aartista na.”

RockSteddy’s RapSteddy is now available in music bars, released by 12 Stone Records.