The Eraserheads are so successful today but really, they were just scruffy college students who had big dreams, and who started out in a small way beggining here, in UP Diliman, Quezon City.The year was 1987.
They were just scruffy kids with a penchant for all genre of music . 1987 was the year when Ely Buendia first formed his college band, Bluidie Tryste, from the freshmen's dorm, Kalayaan Residence Hall at UP Diliman. Band members then were Raymund Dela Pena (aka "Luci") - vocals, guitars / Ely Buendia - bass / Earl Pangilinan - keyboards / Drexis Tabiligan -drums. Their first gig was in a "protest concert" in the AS building lobby.
The Eraserheads came about because they wanted "FREEDOM", it was fitting that the band was formed, of all places, in Kalayaan Residence Hall, UP Diliman.
According to an article in the now infamous Pillbox Magazine written by their friend and then-classmate Redel Ramos, Ely Buendia and Raymund "Luci" Dela Pena wanted to form a new band so they posted audition ads at Kalayaan dorm. Raymund (Marasigan) was the first to respond. His piece was The Cure's "Hot Hot Hot". He later invited Marcus and Buddy. They jammed at Alberto's rehearsal studio behind the Nepa Q-Mart in Cubao, Q.C. Nothing happened with that audition/jam.
Raymund Marasigan,Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro formed their own band called, The Curfew. They had a lady vocalist named Candy Pelayo covering bands such like The Primitives, The Housemartins, The Bolshoi, Gene Loves Jezebel, and The Soup Dragons.
Ely and Raymund "Luci" formed a new band called, Sunday School. They only had session drummers and Raymund Marasigan would sometimes session for them. Wanting to focus on jazz, instead of "new wave", "Luci" eventually left Sunday School. Raymund brought in Marcus and Buddy from Curfew and joined Ely; hence the merge gave birth to a new band called, Eraserheads.
" Minsan sa may kalayaan tayo'y nagkatagpuan/may mga sariling gimik at kaya-kanyang hangad sa buhay/sa ilalim ng iisang bubong mga sekretong ibinubulong/ kahit na anong mangyari kahit na saan ka man patungo... "
And that was the beggining of something wonderful.....really.