AT EACH SHOW, KONTRA LAYS SIEGE TO ITS AUDIENCE, THROWING OUT TUNES THAT MOVE FROM EXPLOSIVE RIFFS TO QUIETLY POWERFUL MELODIES. EACH TIME, IT IS A DYNAMIC PERFORMANCE, DURING WHICH THE FOURSOME EASILY FIND THEMSELVES LOST IN THEIR OWN WORLD, CREATING AN EXUBERANT SORT OF INTENSITY—AND EVERYONE IS INVITED TO THE PARTY.
The band has been taking the stage at various bars and clubs, in and around Metro Manila. There are some familiar faces in the lineup, especially to those who’ve been fans of the rock scene for many years.
Kontra is Jeyvi Castillo on vocals/guitars, Armand Quimpo on guitars, Mon Legaspi on bass, and Francis Aquino on drums. It is an assembly of musicians with a combined 20 years of rocking shows and music making between them.
Its first single, Naghihintay Sa’Yo, broke through the airwaves in June 2015, a few months after the band was formed. The track became a favorite on the weekly top 5 list of RadioRepublic.ph. This was followed by the release of the single Feels So in December 2015, which was made available on CDs, and on digital format via online and social media platforms.
A full length album dates its release in 2016, featuring eight originals in both English and Filipino. It is an independent venture, co-produced by Kontra and by Manuel Legarda, of Wolfgang fame and currently at the helm of audio producing outfit, Loudbox Studios.
As Kontra's cowriter and lyricist, Jeyvi finds himself in new territory: collaborating with seasoned musicians who push him to being more open to new ways of making new music and becoming more aggressive with his songwriting... >>>
There is always something exciting about working with a blank canvass. With Kontra, Mon is exploring the music and seeing what he can come up with as both bass player and lyricist, as well as what creations come out when the band works as a unit... >>>
It is a refreshing take to be with a band like Kontra. The band, while rooted in rock, continously draws from various influences. As Kontra’s guitarist, he enjoys being able to play what is needed, be it a jazzy, bluesy, or screaming metal part... >>>
Francis is exploiting his musical knowledge to emerge as a genuine powerhouse behind the kit. Be it a melodic ballad or a resounding anthem, he performs his role solidly as the band’s grounding rhythmic force—and providing backup vocals to boot... >>>