In 1994, Yano released its self-titled debut album. The album made Yano one of the most popular rock bands of the time in the Philippines. Yano consists of two members, vocalist Dong Abay and vocalist/instrumentalist Eric Gancio, though assistance was provided for the album by Onie Badiang on vocals and bass, and Nowie Favila on drums. Yano is extremely socially conscious, and many of the songs deal with the inequities and failings of Philippine society. "Kumusta Na" ("How Are You?"), for example, tells of a person who celebrated in 1986 the overthrow of then-President Marcos, only to find in 1994 that nothing has changed, and he remains burdened by hopelessness and despair. Several songs, such as "Iskolar ng Bayan" ("Scholar of the Town"), "Trapo" (slang for Rich, Influential People), and "Mc'Jo" (no translation) are played at a very fast, punkish speed, the vocals and electric guitar moving to the same frenetic melody line. Other songs have a tender ambience to them, including the acoustic "Banal Na Aso" ("A Virtuous Dog") and "Esem" (no translation). Another song, the acoustic "Kaka" ("Friend"), which curses the country's ubiquitous electrical power failures, has a folk/novelty ambience to it. The acoustic and electric guitar work of Eric Gancio is vital throughout the album. The singing is emotive and passionate, as well as appropriately sarcastic at times. All words are in Tagalog, the Philippines' national language. The music has an original, indigenous feel to it, in contrast to most other Philippine bands, whose music directly emulates Western sources.
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