CHICOSCI officially formed back in 2000, when vocalist Miguel Chavez, guitarist Mong Alcaraz, bassist Carlos Calderon all decided to join (and win) an interschool Battle of the Bands. Since then, CHICOSCI's career has gone from an after-school activity to a full-time profession.
The first two albums were Revenge of the Giant Robot (2001) and Method of Breathing (2002). The single "Sink or Swim" from their debut effort, established the band as one of the forerunners of the new generation of rock. Method of Breathing allowed further recognition for CHICOSCI as the song "Paris" dominated the Philippines' on rock station's charts for over a year. "Paris" held the number 1 position for more than 52 weeks on NU 107's countdown, which ultimately gave CHICOSCI the NU 107's Song of the Year award in 2002.
In 2004, the band released the album Icarus. Never satisfied and always trying out new things, CHICOSCI further redefined their sound with the release of its third album. Touted as their most experimental record, Icarus brought the band into even greater heights. The singles "Shallow Graves", and "An Argument" both landed spots in NU 107's weekly and year-end countdowns.
In 2006 however, CHICOSCI finally found mainstream success with the release of its new self-titled album under MCA-Universal Music. Originally released independently, the new album is now repackaged with 15 songs plus a music video. Having been in the studio for more than a year, the band boasts this record as being their best work to date. A self-produced effort, the band again attempts to give listeners something new to look forward to.
Their last two music videos for singles "Seven Black Roses" and "Chicosci Vampire Social Club" both dominated the Philippines' music channel MYX, ranking number 1 on the daily, weekly, OPM, and Hit Chart countdowns. Both singles enjoyed radio success as well, topping numerous Philippine radio stations' countdowns. Their earlier single, "A Promise", was no push over as well. Its video also reached top spots on music channel while its radio success was capped off by a number 1 spot on rock station NU 107's countdown.
The repackaged album is well on its way to gold status as it was ranked as one of the top-selling albums of major record bars in the Philippines, including Music One-Tower Records and Odyssey Music.
CHICOSCI is also slowly making waves across the region, spreading their music in various countries in South East Asia. Aside from sharing the stage with American big-name acts such as Fall Out Boy, Good Charlotte, and Thursday, CHICOSCI has toured with other groups from Asia and Australia. The band was part of Crossborders in Malaysia and Singapore last December 2006 and went on the road tour once again in 2007's INVASIA tour, which covered countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The band has also garnered several accolades from various media entities across the region.
Armed with new members which guitarist Ariel Lumanlan and drummer Macoy Estacio, CHICOSCI is currently wrapping up work on their upcoming fifth album, to be released within the year under MCA Music. Truth be told, CHICOSCI's fanbase has expanded exponentially over the past years and will only grow bigger as the boys continue to make waves in music industry.
Most Popular Band, 2008 Junksounds Awards, Junkonline.com (Malaysian Online Magazine)
Favorite Rock Video: “Chicosci Vampire Social Club”, Chicosci, 2008 MYX Music Awards
Guitarist of the Year: Mong Alcaraz, 2006 NU 107 Rock Awards
Best Male Rock Icon: Mong Alcaraz, 2006 NU 107 Rock Awards
Song of the Year: “Paris”, 2002 NU 107 Rock Awards
Guitarists of the Year: Mong Alcaraz and Sonny Baquisal, 2002 NU107 Rock Awards
Best Produced Album: “Method of Breathing”, 2002 NU 107 Rock Awards
Best Designed Album Cover: “Revenge of the Giant Robot”, 2001 NU 107 Rock Awards
Nominated for various awards in different Award-giving bodies like NU Rock Awards, Awit Awards, in the past – Best Live Act, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, as well as individual nominations, Chicosci continues to make a mark as they get the most number of nominations this year in the MYX Music Awards, together with Bamboo.
Miguel Chavez - Vocals
Mong Alcaraz - Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards
Ariel Lumanlan - Guitars
Carlos Calderon - Bass, Vocals
Macoy Estacio - Drums
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