Less than 24 hours before Manny Pacquiao won an unprecedented seventh world title by methodically beating the bloody pulp out of Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas, a little known band from Davao City was making a little history of their own at the Ninoy Aquino Sports Stadium in Manila. In what many consider to be a stunning upset, Eevee, whose pop-rock sound easily recalls the Eraserheads and Sugarfree bested 12 other worthy contenders to win the 5th Nescafe 3-in-1 Soundskool 2009 Battle of the Best College Bands.
The seven-month old band, whose name is basically a wordplay on its lead singer’s initials, is also composed of Paolo Raymundo Segura on lead guitar, Jerrick Sy on bass and Craig Neniel on drums. With a very catchy original song, “Gusto Ko Lang Ng Girlfriend,” a deceptively clever ditty about longing for not just a girlfriend but a “girlfriend na walang sabit,” Eevee captured the imagination of the panel of judges composed of Sony Music Entertainment executives Vic Valenciano and Jinno Mina, Souncreation Studio head Shinji Tanaka, band manager Darwin Hernandez and Nescafe Philippines Marketing Promotions head Yayin Bangcoro.
(Band photo taken from Eevee's Facebook fan page as added by Rica Segura Villanueva.)
Here’s Eevee in an early performance of their hit-bound tune: