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Represent! Taken by Cars, the first Filipino band at SXSW 2012

Poster for Taken by Cars at SXSW 2012“I believe we are the first Pilipino band to be in SXSW.  It was absolutely surreal to see the listing and find our name there, along with Quezon City, Philippines beside it.” – Vocalist Sarah Marco, Taken by Cars (via BakitWhy.com)

Whenever I reconnect with friends from the Philippines, I always ask what band/sound they’re currently into. Over the past few years, the band Taken by Cars has popped up here and there in our conversations. They’ve gotten so much buzz, that they even made it to TIME Asia’s Five New Bands to Watch in the beginning of 2011.

So it’s really no surprise to learn that Taken by Cars is Texas-bound for this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin. With their own brand of dancey-electro-shoegaze-rock-&-new-wave (I know, we shouldn’t bother coming up with genres these days. Labels are for jars, right?), they have gained so many adorning fans in the Philippines, and are well on their way to catapult into the hearts of rest of the world.

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