The Prussians. Photo grabbed from the band's Facebook page
SPAIN – A local band with a Filipino drummer is gaining popularity in Spain. Their first album is also titled in a local Philippine dialect: Pangasinense.
The Prussians’ Filipino drummer Tino Lucena Bautista was born in Spain but still remains Pinoy at heart. His father is native of Santo Domingo, Nueva Ecija while his mother is from Urdaneta City, in Pangasinan.
"Sa mga ibang lugar, walang Pilipino kaya nagugulat sila. Parang taga-saan ka? Bakit perfecto, perfect ang Spanish mo, tapos Catalan? Kasi dito ako lumaki," he said.
Bautista was the one who formed the band. Among his influences are the drummers of Yosha, Michael Alba and Vic Mercado of Bamboo.
"The Prussians" is composed of vocalist Dominic Masso, guitarist Jorge Alarcon, bassist Biel Abrines and keyboardist Ferchu Vallejos, who are all from the island of Mallorca.
"It’s nice that a lot of people come to your show and congratulating you after the show," said Abrines.
The band just recently capped its national tour at the Barts Club in Barcelona.
"I really like it. I mean, they are really young people but I think they have a very good future," said concert promoter, Inday Mercader.
The band held concerts all over Spain to promote their first album titled in Pangasinense called "Mul Mul".
"We want to play in international festivals. We want to grow up all time. First of all festivals in Spain and then let’s see what happens," said Alarcon.
Meanwhile, Masso mentioned that the band was supposed to be named "White Philippines". But since they were already known as The Prussians, they decided not to change it anymore.
"We would love to go to Philippines on tour, for example. Philippine promoters, if you want us, we will be there. Girls, boys, we want to go to Philippines. You won’t regret it," he said.