SMASH PROJECT 2012 Happens in Manila Tonight!

Enjoy five hours of auditory pleasure as Dayly Entertainment and Dickies Philippines bring American heavyweights to the Smart Araneta Coliseum for one night of rock-infused music festival tonight, March 8, 2012. Smash Project, a concert like no other, features four bands:

Cobra Starship will take Filipinos into the dance floor as they render their musical style that is mostly pop with punk rock influence that has become very appealing to young urban professionals and teenagers. This American synthpop band is composed of Gabe Saporta (lead vocals), Ryland Blackinton (guitars), Alex Suarez (bass), Nate Novarro (drums) and Elisa Schwartz (keytarist). This is the band’s second visit to the country, having performed before in Ayala Malls. They are behind the infectious single Good Girls Go Bad featuring Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester which gave the band worldwide commercial success. Their new single You Make Me Feel … featuring Sabi has already hit the airwaves and is predicted to top their worldwide hit Good Girls Go Bad.

Dashboard Confessional marks their second visit to the Philippines. Their vocalist, Chris Carraba, has melted hearts with hits like Belle of the Boulevard, Stolen, and many more. This band has often been called “the grandfather of emo-pop” and has been a staple in most music playlists.

Yesterday, during the press con, Chris was asked if he intentionally writes emotionally-heavy songs and he shared that he chases feelings when composing. “It’s about what the underlying melody feels like. I like vivid detail [and my songs] are not necessarily about the release of aggression. A lot of times, it’s more of elation.”

Chris also revealed that REM is one of his favorite bands and the purest artists he’s ever met. “I thought it was the end of the world when they broke up.” He describes Cobra Starship, on the other hand, one of the bands they’ll be performing with in the Smash Project, as “one of my favorite bands. Period.” He told members of the press to watch out for his new song called Burning Fuse as it has a different kind of melodic sense and grander notes.

The Used, a pop punk band from Utah, will also perform in the concert. Founded in 2001, this four-piece act rose to fame after they released their self-titled album in 2002. Their musical style is composed of raunchy rhythm and powerful rifts made impressive by the solid vocal delivery of Bert McCracken. His fellow band members are Quinn Allman (guitar, backing vocals), Jeph Howard (bass), and Dan Whiteside (drums).

The Cab, hailed by Alternative Press magazine as “The Band You Need to Know” was formed in 2008. It is composed of Alexander de Leon (lead vocals), Alex Marshall (piano, guitar), and Joey Thunder (bass). This act is a pop-rock band with an emo edge accompanied by upbeat and catchy guitar riffs backed by a versatile delivery of the vocalist.

To join the talented foreign acts on stage and complete an unforgettable musical experience for concert goers will be OPM’s most-sought after bands Chicosci, Urbandub, Typecast, and Slapshock.

Ticket prices are as follows: Patron Standing – P4500, Lower Box – P3500, Upper A – P2500, Upper B P1000 and General Admission – P500. Visit or call 911-5555.

This event is presented by Dickies, Fox International Channels and MYX with TV partner ABS-CBN; Radio partners RX 93.1, Mellow 94.7, Yes FM, Brgy LS FM and Easy Rock; Print partners Business World, Pinoy Parazzi, and Bands Magazine; Online partners Yahoo! Philippines,,,,,, Manila Concert Scene, Philippine Concerts, and Ixomsoft. Official residence: EDSA Shangrila Hotel. Special thanks: Digipost.

Thank you, too, to Polyeast Records for the press con invite :)

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