Stereodeal is a Filipino electro-rock band formed in 2008, creating music combining dance floor nihilism with a delicate rock bombast. The band’s sound has constantly been likened to Placebo, Depeche Mode, Radiohead, and Muse; singing about themes normally found in comic books, science fiction, and theoretical physics . This range and depth of source material for the band likely ensures they won’t be running out of steam, creatively speaking, anytime soon. Interestingly, they are able to fuse all these influences to create a distinct sound that is layered, rich, and uncompromising.
In the beginning
It all began when Adrian Arcega, few months after his departure from local indie cult favorite The Purplechickens, decided to do music again. After posting an ad in a musicians’ message board, he met bassist Dax Gonzaga who used to be in the pop-rock band Cube. After a few rehearsals and gigs with different musicians, this new band called themselves Stereodeal, after Adrian tried an online band name generator.
In 2011 the band almost called it quits, due to personal priorities and changing lineups. A timely piece of advice from local rock ‘n roll sages Patrick Reidenbach and Robbie Sunico (of Club Dredd) changed everything, and the band returned with a new lineup: founding members Adrian on vocals and guitar, Dax on bass, plus Marie de Guzman on drums, and Dax Balmeo (also of dance-rock outfit Paranoid City) on guitars.
In January 7, 2015, the band finally released its debut album “Singularity”–produced by Adrian, Filipino guitar legend Francis Reyes (The Dawn, After Image, Peso Movement), and Dodjie Garcia–over at Dodjie’s Skunk Productions studios. Its hard-hitting first single, “Relentless,” was launched online via PinoyTuner.com and was subsequently aired in Jam 88.3. For a time Francis also joined as a guitarist for the band, bringing his trademark power riffs, guitar atmospherics, and musical discipline to an alreadydynamic group.
In 2016, the band released its second single “Hypertime,” a swirling ode to what-ifs and possibilities in a multiverse. It was accompanied by a visual effects extravaganza of a music video whose direction and visual effects were done by Adrian himself. The video—inspired by ideas from DC Comics writers Mark Waid and Grant Morrison—was launched at the 2016 ToyCon in SMX.
2017 saw the release of their third single off the album, “New Jersey.” The video, again directed by Adrian, depicts depression, loneliness, and alienation in urban life; something that is prevalent in today’s fast-paced lifestyle. Marie left the band that year to return to her hometown in Isabela province.
Joining the band is drummer Peter Tolibas, known for his session work with Adrian’s former band The Purplechickens; he also hit the skins for the bands Ginseng and Oi Wag Dito. Peter brings an unpredictable raw power to Stereodeal’s evolving, technocrazy sound.
In 2018 the band signed a distribution deal with Warner Music Philippines, re-releasing “New Jersey” and bringing Stereodeal’s sophisticated sound to a wider audience; later that year the band released its brooding and sensual single “Hush.” At around the same time the band gained a new member: synth wizard Rembrandt Vocalan (Monsterbot, Dayuhan, The Vince Noir Project).
Stereodeal is in the process of writing new material, which promises to expand the band’s cybernetic and otherworldly rock aesthetic.