Taken by Cars is a Filipino indie band and “Dualist” is their soft-more second full length album.
43 minutes, 11 tracks, a tasteful, indie pop, alternative dance mixture delivered by Sarah Marco on vocals, Bryce Zialcita on lead guitar, Derek “Siopao” Chua on rhythm guitar, Isa Garcia on bass guitar, and Bryan Kong on drums and sampler.
Founded in 2006, Taken by Cars made waves with their underground demo â€œA Weeknight Memoir (In High Definition)â€ which attracted attention and hit number one on a local rock radio station in Manila. They singed to the local indie label Party Bear Records and they released their debut album, â€œEndings of a New Kind,â€ under Warner Music distribution in early 2008.
In less than a year, with 3 singles (â€œUh Oh,â€ â€œDecember 2 Chapter VII,â€ â€œShapeshifterâ€) and a remix project (â€œUh Oh Itâ€™s Electroâ€) together with renowned DJ Funk Avy under their belts, the band has taken the local music scene by storm at the forefront of the new wave electro-rock movement. They have earned a respectable and dedicated fanbase through relentless gigging and online promotions.
In early 2011, Time Magazine named Taken by Cars as one of the bands to watch for in 2011. Well, this is not something revolutionary, but a quite pleasant and danceable indie pop album with warm, buzzing sounds of the 80’s and minimalist, spacy constructions, airy themes of the 90’s. Somehow this “Dualist” have a good vibe and an excellent pulse. Taken By Cars managed to put together a much better album than most of under-mediocre and boring Western releases nowadays.