With tours in the Philippines and across Asia, and five albums under its belt, Urbandub has certainly made it big.
With infectious blend of forceful rhythms and powerful lyrics, Urbandub is a rock band that proudly hails from Cebu. The band consists of Gabby Alipe (lead vocals, guitar), John Dinopol (lead guitar), Lalay Lim (bass) and JanJan Mendoza (drummer, since 2003).
Urbandubstarted as a reggae band mixed with dub, ska, dancehall, hiphop and rock. This is where the band got their name. Because of line-up changes and experimental influences, their music has evolved into a different type of rock. The songs “Sailing” and “Eating Me” are perfect examples of their earlier style. Since they already loved their band name, they did not bother changing it.
Urbandub’s musical growth can be seen and heard in their five albums.
Because they lacked support from major record companies, Urbandub released their debut album Birth as an independent band in 2001. Their raw and heavy hit tracks “Come,” “Give,” and “Would You Go” rocked the Philippine music scene. From there, Filipino music lovers started to take notice.
2003 – Influence
Urbandub’s second album Influence was released under Lighter Records. Included in this album were “Gone,” “A New Tattoo,” and “Soul Searching,” their most famous release to date that was awarded Best Song of The Year in the 2003 NU107 Rock Awards.
2005 – Embrace
After three albums, the band has grabbed the attention of EMI Music Philippines (now PolyEast Records). EMI was open-minded to allow the band to keep Lighter Records as their management and give them creative freedom to decide what they want for the album. They were allowed to record their album in Cebu. Also, they were able to freely decide which direction their music was going. This resulted to Embrace, with contained “Alert the Armory”, “Frailty,” “Endless, A Silent Whisper” and the hit that became one of the most played songs on Philippine radio, “First of Summer.”
2007 – Under Southern Lights
After more than 10, 000 albums sold, Urbandub released Under Southern Lights. This is the band’s tribute to Cebu. The name of the album is also a metaphor that their families are their inspiration and guiding light. This album was done with a lot experimentations, resulting to a different genre compared to what fans have come to love.
After their contract with EMI ended, Urbandub’s latest album The Apparition was realeased under MCA Music. They wrote their songs in Cebu where they turned a house in the mountains into a home studio. This album is definitely the most experimental the band has been. The singles off the album are “Gravity” and “A Call to Arms.”
Not only do the members of Urbandub take pride on being Cebuanos. Cebu in turn is proud to acknowledge them.