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Raygun Rocks Manila
Theatrical pop act Raygun flies to Manila on the last leg of their Asian tour.
photos by Regina Belmonte

Hailing from the suburbs of London are Raygun, four great guys with a love for funky beats, humor, and glamorous rock and roll. They dropped by to wow Manila on the tail end of their Asian tour, after having visited countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. "It's been better here than it has been anywhere else, really," says Ray Gun, the band's frontman. "The whole of Asia has been great! People keep saying 'Why don't you stay longer?' or 'Why don't you play more gigs?'"

True to the band's obvious love for fun and spontaneity, Ray, guitarist The Adj, bassist Ben Lyonsmith, and drummer Sam Embery took Manila by storm, tried sisig (and only found out what it was after they tried it), and even sang at Rockeoke!

Drawing influence by major acts from the late '60s and '70s (like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, David Bowie, and Queen), their unique brand of what they call "theatrical pop" is beginning to make its mark in the international music scene. In spite of having such well-respected musical influences though, they're definitely not above joking around. "Now and then we'll record a cover song and put it on the Internet for laughs," Ray says. They've uploaded videos of themselves covering tracks by pop acts Madonna and Shakira on YouTube. "It's cool to take current music and give it our own little bite. It's better to take something completely unrelated to what we do and make it our own."

Raygun are heavy on the delivery, drawing not just musical influence from the musicians they love, but stage tactics and aspects of performances as well. "Onstage, it's all an over-the-top performance. We definitely wouldn't stand there and play guitar and stare at our toes!" They're all about energy, dynamic and never afraid to let loose.

Raygun just released their self-titled debut album with their carrier single "Just Because." To know more about them, check out their MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/raygunofficial.

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