Riding down The Markus Highway: From Eraserheads guitarist to going solo, Markus Adoro rocks on

By Marie Espie A. Vidal 
SPECIAL TO THE MANILA TIMES
Published: The Manila Times Tue. May 27, 2008

The Eraserheads may have danced their huling el bimbo in 2001, still we can’t get enough of them. Really. Tributes, covers and remakes of the band’s old hits aired in the radio and so far fans still insist, “Nothing beats the original.” Maybe this is the reason why individually, these Eheads are very successful in their own respective careers.

The Dawn, Sandwich, and Pupil step aside and make way. Behold and rejoice as the surfer from Ilocos, Marcus Adoro, finally debuts with his own band, Markus Highway.

 

No crash to the sea

Unlike the waves in the sea, Adoro’s career did not crash to the shores after the band broke up. “I never stopped being creative,” says Adoro. He continued writing compositions, produced records and independently studied film making. But oftentimes, he’s battling the waves in La Union and other surf spots in the country.

His enthusiasm for this sport began way back in 1998 when Eheads toured Australia. He says, “I wanted to buy a surf board then but there was a festival and all the shops were closed.” Though, he was able to purchase a buddy board, which remained idle for years because of his tight schedule. In spite this, his interest in surfing never faded and joined communities afterwards.

His passion with surfing grew intense that his first independently released album in 2004 is entitled Surfernando: Adventures of Belma and Luis, obviously carrying the surfer theme. This served as his appetizer for the fans. “I released that as publicity for my come back,” says Adoro, “it contained five songs which are also in the new album except for the instrumental one.”

Behold and rejoice

A word play of the famous road, Marcos’ highway, the Markus Highway band launched their first studio album Behold and Rejoice! Sufernando is hear nah last January, 2008. Despite, Adoro bein credited as a solo artist he assures that his band are his permanent music mates.

Obviously a sequel of Surfernando in 2004, the album also carries the surfer theme, and was also dubbed as the “Pinoy surfer album”. A combination of Filipino reggae, folk and pop, Behold and Rejoice carries a relaxing mood that encapsulates the serenity of the beach. This is also serves his advocacy for surfing to be not only an active sport in the Philippines, but also as a tourist destination.

Adoro also stresses to have been inspired by the journey he takes to the surf spots. “[I was inspired by] Surfing and the travels from Manila to surf spots, the folks riding the bus and the scene of our country’s beauty,” says Adoro.

Though the songs reflect humor and laidback attitude, Adoro’s sincerity and seriousness shines through with his heartfelt songs and do-it-yourself punk aesthetics. He reveals that he cried while composing songs that related to his personal life. “It seems comic but some of them lyrics are really serious stuff,” said he.

The ex-Ehead lead guitarist added that this was his tribute to old school musicians whom he was gravely inspired with, like APO Hiking Society, Juan dela Cruz band, Yano, Joey Ayala, Sampaguita and even Eraserheads.

A long way to go

Since this is the band’s first studio released album, Adoro plans to make two more CD’s in his current company.

However, Adoro’s prior project’s, Kamon Kamon (a multimedia CD), release is still pending. He has started this soon after making the last EP of Eraserheads, under a new vocalist, Kris Gorra-Dancel.

“Currently, we are busy promoting the album,” says Adoro. The band is also scheduled for bar tours with Kadangyan and a long-standing underground band The Wuds soon.

Nevertheless for Marcus, there is no need for competition not only in surfing but also in the music industry. “I don’t compete because I don’t want to prove or show off my skills. I do this for my own fulfillment,” says Adoro.

Maria Espie

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