Raymund Marasigan – (vocals, guitars), Diego Castillo (guitars), Mike Dizon (drums), Myrene Academia (bass), Mong Alcaraz (guitars)
Sandwich plays music which could be generally categorized as alternative to rock music. Sandwich has been making music for more than a decade now and still continues to live up to their passion – a trademark of energetic performances.
Sandwich’s story started in 1998 when Diego and Raymund decided they wanted to be together in a group. Diego’s former band mates Mike and Myrene are recruited. Raymund discovers Marc (Abaya) at a party while jamming to a Beastie Boys song. They land a recording deal with BMG Records on the same year and released their debut album, “Grip Stand Throw “ on the same year. Sandwich was recognized by different award-giving bodies and received several nominations and awards on that very year.
After the success of their first album, Sandwich released their second album, “Four Track Mind” still under BMG Records. The album was hailed Album of the Year on 2001 by Manila’s Rock FM Station – NU107.
After Sandwich’s record deal with BMG expired, the band continued to make music independently. On the year 2003, Sandwichbegan recording their third album. The said album was released January of 2004 with the title “Thanks to the Moon’s Gravitational Pull”. A year after the release of their third album, vocalist Marc Abaya decided to focus on a different career path. Guitarist Raymund Marasigan took over the vocals and to strengthen their sound, they asked Mong (guitars), who has already played for them for some time, to formally become a member of the band, thus leading to the present line-up
More than a year after working as an indie band, Sandwich was welcomed by EMI Music to be their recording artist. The booming music industry soon witnessed the redefinition of OPM Rock as the new material of Sandwich was released on their fourth album, “Five on the Floor” on February of 2006.
In celebration of their 10th year in the music industry, Sandwich released their 5th and latest album entitled “<S> Marks the Spot”. The album was launched during the celebration of their 10th anniversary at the 2008 UP Fair in UP Diliman.
Being composed of genuinely talented members comes in handy as Sandwich continues to experiment on new sounds which can be heard on the remixes they come up with for their singles and on their live performances as well.
In between recordings and gigs, Sandwich continues to do small projects here and there. They have done soundtracks for several shows and movies such as:
- “Humanda Ka” – OST: “Nginiiig” – a horror show by Philippine TV Channel – ABSCBN
- “Masilungan” – Theme for HARIBON’s TV – an organization who aims to promote advocacy to conserve nature.
- “Close Encounter” – Close-Up’s jingle for TV and Radio Ads.
- “Buksan Mo” Coke’s jingle for TV and Radio Ads.
- “Super NoyPi” OST: Super Noypi The Movie.
- “Bakit Ang Babae” – Kami nAPO Muna (A Tribute to the APO Hiking Society)
- “Zaido” – Theme for GMA7’s primetime sine-serye: Zaido
In live performances, Sandwich never fails to rev up the audience with their staple of hits “Two Trick Pony”, “Butterfly Carnival”, “Sugod”, “Walang kadala-dala”, “DVDX”, and “Sunburn”.
Last September 2007, Sandwich was invited to take part and represent Philippines in the first Asian Youth Arts Festival in Shenzen, China. On the said event, Sandwich was awarded Judges Choice Award alongside ten (10) other countries.
In 2008, Sandwich reaped awards marking them the primary Pinoy band of the year. They received Band of the Year and Song of the Year—Betamax- RX 93.1’s Yearend Countdown and got NU Rock Awards’ Best Live Act, Song of the Year—Betamax, and Best Album Packaging–<S> Marks the Spot.
Radio listeners and TV watchers are getting a full dose of Sandwich’s hit singles “Betamax”, “Procrastinator”, “Manila”, “Selos”, from their album; “<S> Marks the Spot”. Sandwich returned to the music scene with their 6th album, “Contra Tiempo”, (released 2010) which featured their hits “Putik”, “Lakad” and “Pera Pera”. All three tracks are certified hits, topping both the MYX Hit Chart and radio countdowns.
These hits were followed up by more hits from their 7th album “Fat, Salt & Flame” in 2013 which was also their 15th year anniversary offering. Songs included in the album were “Back for More” and “Mayday” among others. Currently, Sandwich is promoting their newest album “Debris” under Polyeast Records with singles “Kagulo” and “Outlaw”.
With years of experience under their belt, Sandwich has proven they are an effective endorser of various brands and campaigns. To date, Sandwich has endorsed Smart Bro, Frenzy, Coca-Cola: Open Happiness Campaign, part of Tanduay’s First Five Tour, “Palakasin ang OPM” campaign with Bactidol and most recently Colt 45 with Abra.
As long as there are ideas born and music to make, expect Sandwich to never cease making rounds in the entertainment industry and doing what they do best – making good music.
Album of the Year- “Grip Stand Throw”
Best New Artist – Sandwich
Song of the Year – “Butterfly Carnival”
Best Performance of a New Duo or Group Recording Artist – “Butterfly Carnival”
Album of the Year – “Four Track Mind”
Album Producer of the Year – Sandwich for “Thanks to the Moon’s Gravitational Pull”
Bassist of the Year – Myrene Academia
Guitarist of the Year – Mong Alcaraz
Best Male Award – Mong Alcaraz
Rock Video of the Year – “Sugod”
Best Album Packaging – Five On The Floor (Inksurge)
MTV Pilipinas Music Awards
Video of the Year – “Sugod”
Song of the Year: Sandwich for “Sugod” (Nominee)
Best Rock: Sandwich and Buddy Zabala for “Sugod” (Nominee)
Best World/Alternative/Bossa Music: Sandwich and Buddy Zabala for “DVDX” (Nominee)
Best Music Video – Sandwich for “DVDX” by Marie Jamora
Favorite Music Video – “Sugod” (Nominee)
Favorite Song – “Sugod” (Nominee)
Favorite Artist (Nominee)
Favorite Rock Video – “Sugod” (Nominee)
Favorite Group (Nominee)
Favorite Guest Appearance in a Music Video – Edu Manzano for “DVDX” (Nominee)
Favorite Artist, Philippines (Nominee)
Best Album Packaging–<S> Marks the Spot
Song of the Year—“Betamax”
Best Live Act
RX 93.1 Year-end Countdown
Best OPM Song of the Year—“Betamax”
Band of the Year
Favorite Rock Video – “Lakad”