The city of Cagayan de Oro City isn’t just a beautiful and progressive place, it is also a place where talented musicians and bands are born—and among them is the pop/experimental rock band Arthur. Formed last 2012 and comprised of Katrina Salazar (vocalist), Ralph Marfa (bassist), Andre Alay (guitarist), Mark Flores (guitarist) and Mac Somoza (drummer), the band has been making rounds in the city as one of the most promising bands from Cagayan de Oro City. And one proof of that is their recently released single Bliss A Miss which you can listen at Soundcloud.com. Indeed, the band Arthur has a lot of potential in becoming the country’s next popular music band.
How did it all start?
It all started out in 2012, when these five individuals decided to form a band and join Xavier University’s Himig Atenista Music Festival last March 2012. Although, their band was still new, they managed to bag the grand prize during the competition. The following year, they became the grand champion again of the said competition. Since then, several invitations and opportunities to play live have been pouring to the band. Arthur then became a regular name in most music events and live gig performances in the city. Soon enough, they began attracting music lovers with their unique music genre and original compositions.
When asked about the significance of their band’s name, they would say that the name Arthur reminds them of good times. Arthur was actually in reference to a prank they once played on Katrina, their vocalist. During the time they were requested to submit their band name, they really had no idea yet with what name they should give their band, but then, all agreed with “Arthur.”
One of the reasons why Arthur easily captured the local music scene in the city is because of their unique and refreshing genre which is actually a combination of almost every music genre. If you’ve listened carefully to them perform, you would notice that their music is a little bit of funky 80s, neo soul, baroque pop, indie rock, jazz, heavy metal, and R&B. Just like any other band, Arthur also has their share of musicians and bands which influenced their music and their list include Florence and the Machine, Up Dharma Down, Mr. Big, Zelliack, Company of Thieves, Fiona Apple, Dream Theater, Amy Winehouse, Periphery, Franco, Feist, Dirty Loops, Sinosikat? and Snarky Puppy. These mentioned bands/music personalities are not similar to each other and play different genres of music. And they are the reason why Arthur sounds very unique among any other band in Cagayan de Oro City.
I Dub Thee – Arthur’s First Ever Released EP
Last year, another great opportunity came knocking at Arthur after they were given the chance to release their first album. Their EP (extended play) entitled I Dub Thee featuring several original songs was launched last November 2014. Included in the EP are the songs Take Me Away, I Choose, Summer Skies, and Bliss A Miss.
Since their album’s release, Arthur’s prominence in CDO’s local music industry furthermore escalated. It wouldn’t be surprising that sooner or later, they’ll also be taking the country’s OPM scene. Watch out Kagay-anons!