Taken by Cars is a young local band that's currently riding some serious radio airplay momentum. Their song Weeknight Memoirs in High Definition is steadily climbing the chart (dubbed Stairway...

Taken by Cars is a young local band that’s currently riding some serious radio airplay momentum. Their song "Weeknight Memoirs in High Definition" is steadily climbing the chart (dubbed "Stairway to Seven") of the country’s trend-setting rock music station NU 107.5. Not bad considering the recording is still from a tinny demo session. The band’s sound is so good that listeners vote their way past the audio quality.

You get yet another glimpse of the border smashing effects of globalization when you’re listening to this band (which you can by the way on their MySpace page: myspace.com/takenbycars). You can sense the international influences. You can sense the rich rock history IQ. When you hear one of the songs, it’s doubtful that you’ll even consider guessing that this band is Filipino. That’s not a knock on Filipino music. It’s just that Filipino music has changed so much from the foreign perception of what it’s supposed to sound like. The closest cross-comparison for this band is the innovative disco rock of Bloc Party (a British band that’s loved worldwide) and the retro dream sound of proudly domestic Sheila and the Insects.

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