Jeepney Joyride

Jeepney Joyride, a staple in the present Philippine alternative music scene, was formed in 1999 and is based in Quezon City. They released their first full length album in 2007 entitled “Let’s Get Party” under Sony-BMG which features a mix of Pop, Rock, Ska and Reggae served up with a contemporary Pinoy twist.  Composed of Norman Bernardo on vocals, Jerwine Dumalag on keyboard, Mark Bambico on drums, Jet Gozar on guitar, Gian Caluag on bass, Melvin Cabañero on trumpet, Chris Sison on tenor sax, and Diamond Manuel and Jon Alim on trombone, the band started out doing covers from US based Ska bands. Eventually, the nagging desire to express their emotions and ideas compelled the members to play their original compositions. Part of the band’s modest achievements include winning the Red Horse Muziklaban 1999; third-place finish in the 2000 Yamaha Band Alert; 2004 NU107 Rock Awards Best Album Cover nominee for their EP “God Knows Hudas not Pay”, and Best Video nomination for “Kape” from the same EP in 2003 NU107 Rock Awards. The band is also part of a compilation album released in Japan by the Asian Ska Foundation in 2003. They were also National finalist in the 2005 Global Battle of the bands (GBOB). Jeepney Joyride has also had its share of TV appearances in ASAP and Masayang Tanghali Bayan (MTB) of ABS-CBN and Chowtime of IBC 13. The band played for 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011 Fete de la Musique and 2005 edition of the highly regarded rock event, Pulp Summer Slam. They are also active members of RodckEd and Dakila supporting the various advocacies of both groups and has sent them playing in Cabanatuan for “Gawad Kalinga” and as far as Bicol for “Habitat for Humanity”.