Aug 10, 2012
In an unexpected twist, news feeds of social media sites from Filipino accounts have been filled with shares and reposts of a certain music video from a Visual Kei band. Uchuusentai NOIZ’s cover of Kamikazee’s Narda has garnered countless shares over Facebook and Twitter, and already has more than 160,000 views on Youtube.
The surprise comes, not from the cover itself, but from the band’s impressive effort to retain the original Tagalog lyrics of the song in their rendition. Angel Taka, the band’s vocalist, did his best in a very heavy Japanese accent to pronounce and sing through the lyrics of Narda. Of course, the rendition was done in their very own Visual Kei style, with a faster melody and a heavier tune than Kamikazee’s version.
Jay Contreras, the lead vocals of Kamikazee, got wind of the v-kei band’s cover of their song, and tweeted his astonishment over the rendition.
Likewise, Gabby Alipe of Urbandub has also expressed his positive impression over the Narda cover via Twitter as well.
Uchuusentai NOIZ isn’t a stranger to the Philippines. The band has already visited the rural areas of Davao in 2006 to give out free toothbrushes to children and sing for them. Angel Taka has also personally returned to the said province in 2011. Videos of their journey throughout Davao are posted on NOIZ’s official Youtube page.
Uchuusentai NOIZ will be returning for a Philippine tour, first in Davao for a 3-night live concert on September 7, 8 & 9, then in Manila for Best of Anime 2012 this coming September 15 and 16.
There’s a part of Uchuusentai NOIZ that is definitely Filipino.