Early 2000s OPM bands popularized the songs of our childhood and teenage years, making them a huge part of our present lives. Remember the struggle of waiting for your radio DJ to play these songs just so you can listen to them? These songs got us through our puberty, and may even remind us of the worst types of heartaches we had.
Where are these bands? Dead? Disbanded? Or still making music? Here are some of the bands that were huge in the 2000s, and what they’re doing now:
Cueshe was one of the rising bands during the mid 2000s OPM era. Their hit songs Ulan and Borrowed Time were some of the anthem of the emo generation. They haven’t released any single for ten years now, but they have an upcoming show in Tacloban this June 28 during Sangyawan Music Festival.
Just like Cueshe, 6cyclemind was popular during the mid 2000s with their songs Prinsesa and Aaminin. Their lead vocalist Ney Dimaculangan left the band in 2011 to pursue his solo career, and their former drums and backing vocals Tutti Caringal took the spot since. Their last album Good by Sunday was out in 2012, and it honestly sounds different from the 6cyclemind we all knew. Catch them at Baragatan Sa Palawan Festival on June 22.
Mojofly’s songs were such a hit in the early 2000s, even after original lead vocals Kitchie Nadal pursuing her solo career. Lougee Basabas took Kitchie’s place, making hits like Tumatakbo and Mata. She also tried going solo with her The Voice Season 2 career, but later on found her way back to Mojofly. The band still do shows once in awhile, including radio guestings.
Made popular by their songs Cool Off and Suntok Sa Buwan, Session Road still have a couple of song releases in 2015 and 2017. They still do shows regularly, and have one on June 25 in Poblacion, Makati.
Join The Club
Join the Club’s last release was Miserable in 2016, but you may have known them for Nobela and Lunes. They have an unreleased album titled Strangely Familiar that was introduced in 2016, and until now we don’t have any updates about it. For now, you can catch them at the Cabin Bar and Bistro this June 23 during Fete De La Musique.
Screaming regrets for the “almost” relationships, Tensionado and Pwede Ba were among Soapdish’s popular songs back in the day. You can listen to their latest single titled Kung Pwede Lang released last year. They also have an upcoming show at The 70s Bistro on June 21.
Imago was known for their heartwarming songs Sundo and Akap. Their original vocalist Aia De Leon left the band in 2013, and was replaced by Mayumi Gomez that same year. Despite the change in vocals, the band still retained their sound for their Kapit album released in 2014. They have a gig on June 23 at Eton Centris Walk – maybe it’s time to rediscover their songs.
Typecast was formed in 1999 with their popular hits Will You Ever Learn and the Boston Drama. The band initially entered the industry covering songs, and later on made their own. Their last EP titled Word Sits Heavy was released back in 2014. They’re still doing tours every now and then, and in fact they have an upcoming show with firefalldown at SM Bicutan this coming June 23, along with other local bands.
These bands will always have a special place in our hearts, as they were part of the golden age of OPM bands. It’s hard not to sing along every time we hear them at karaoke bars.