Judgment B. recently posted on her blog the nominees of the NU Rock Awards (she is one of the judges, YOU RAK!), so I'm thinking that it would be fun to guess the winners. After consulting my crystal ball(s), heto ang mga hula ko:
Best New Artist
Who should win: Cambio. Rich guitar layers, pure sonic sweetness. Kris, Diego and Ebe sing like confused angels. Sticky, bright pop hooks.
Who's gonna win: Bamboo. `Cos they have a gazillion kolehiyala fans.
Artist/Band of the Year
Who should win: Sugarfree. Because Bono said that great bands write great pop songs.
Who's gonna win: Bamboo. Or Rivermaya. If we're lucky enough, Sandwich.
Song of the Year
Who should win: "Two Trick Pony," Sandwich. Can't get that riff out of my head.
Who's gonna win: "Noypi,"Bamboo. I can't believe Orange and Lemons and The Dawn are nominated in this category. Cambio's "DV" should have been nominated.
Album of the Year
Who should win: Derby Light, Cambio. I love the britpop (Sleeper, Blur) meets Sonic Youth sound, with effortless pace changes in almost every song. "Patlang" and "Corporate Attire" make up for the bad rapping.
Who's gonna win: Influence,Urbandub. Galing eh. Surprised though that The Mongols' Buddha's Pest wasn't nominated. Supremely pissed that Orange and Lemons is a nominee.
Best Music Video of the Year
Who should win: "DV," Cambio. Dahil wala pa ring tatalo sa Divisoria.
Who's gonna win: "Astro," Radioactive Sago Project.
Best Album Packaging
Who should win: "Novena," Slapshock. Ganda ng colorsep eh. Ginastosan talaga.
Who's gonna win: "Novena," Slapshock.
Vocalist of the Year
Who should win: Ebe Dancel. Ebe ForEBEr!!!! He has such a nice, sweet, high voice. And his singing never falters during live sets.
Who's gonna win: Ebe. Or Karl Roy. They do the most singing. The others just grunt and Bamboo sucks. Masyadong pa-pogi ang boses. Well, pogi naman kasi.
Guitarist of the Year
Who should win: Diego Castillo, Marc Abaya, and Raymund Marasigan of Sandwich
Who's gonna win: Diego Castillo, Marc Abaya, and Raymund Marasigan of Sandwich
Bassist of the Year
Who should win: Buddy Zabala of Cambio and Twisted Halo. More for his work with Cambio.
Who's gonna win: Hmm. Nathan's a bit high-profile. But I'm still hoping it would be Buddy.
Drummer of the Year
Who should win: Mitch Singson of Sugarfree. Changed my mind. Listened to "Prom" and "Kwarto" again and realized that Mitch's playing is just as important as the singing.
Who's gonna win: Mike Dizon of Sandwich.
Producer of the Year
Who should win: Buddy Zabala and Raymund Marasigan, for Dramachine. They should also be nominated for their work with Cambio. The Mongols (who I assume are also Genghis Klan) should've also been recognized in this category.
Who's gonna win: Sandwich, for Thanks to the Moon's Gravitational Pull.
In the Raw Award
Who should win: Matilda.
Who's gonna win: Plane Divides the Sky.
Game. Pustahan na. Sino matalo, mabaho!
Tsaka sagot na rin ang beer.