Introvoys is a Filipino pop rock band formed in 1986 by 3rd-G Cristobal, Paco Arespacochaga and Jonathan Buencamino. The band is now based in Los Angeles, California.
Formation and early years: 1986-1988:
Introvoys was born in Manila, Philippines and formed in 1986 by 3rd-G Cristobal, Paco Arespacochaga and Jonathan Buencamino. 3rd-G and Paco were classmates in high school, but have known each other since elementary. 3rd was part of the Rondalla group. When 3rd G told Paco that he was looking to start a band, Paco told him that he had the same idea in mind. It was then that Paco introduced Jonathan Buencamino to 3rd-G. The first incarnation of INTRoVOYS had Jonathan Buencamino, Paco Arespacochaga and 3rd-G Cristobal in a small rehearsal space on the corner of Katipunan and Santolan in Quezon City, Philippines, During their first rehearsal, 3rd-G taught Paco how to play the drums. Later, they added Jonathan Buencamino's younger brother Jj in keyboards, Ira Cruz in lead guitars, and Jobert Buencamino in bass guitar and they recorded the song Just a Dream and released on the 10 of Another Kind compilation album in 1988.
Back to the Roots and line-up changes: 1989-1991:
Due to other priorities, 3rd-G had to give up his position as the band's rhythm guitar player. The band's released their debut album Back to the Roots in 1990. Their first two singles received a lukewarm response and the band's label, Dyna Records, was ready to drop them. In spite of this, their third single However Which Way, went to No. 1 in Metro Manila in just two weeks. It became the No. 1 song in the country after a month, paving the way for a national tour. Culled from the same album are certified No. 1 singles such as, Calling All Nations, Maynila and Lullabye among many others.. Ira Cruz left the band in 1991.
Breaking New Grounds and Line To Heaven: 1991-1994:
When Cruz left Introvoys, Vic Carpio replaced him as their new guitarist. The band's second album, Breaking New Grounds, was released in 1992. Included in this album were the hits Will I Survive, Di Na Ako Aasa Pa, Binibini and Are You Happy. The album achieved quadruple platinum status, earning Introvoys the tag "The No. 1 Band in the Land".. In 1993, the band released their third album, Line to Heaven. The carrier single was written after Arespacochaga suffered the tragic loss of his parents in a car accident. and their hit Kailanman.
Greatest Hits...Live, One and Eroplano: 1994-1999:
Jobert Buencamino left the band in 1994 for health and personal reasons. The band invited Paku Herrera of Neocolours to take on Jobert's chores. they released their first greatest hits concert Greatest Hits...Live followed with their carrier single Living My Life in 1995. The band's fourth album One released in 1996, included in this album were the hits Tell Me Why, More Than A Friend and Magkaisa Tayong Lahat. At this time, this was Arespacochaga's last album and he left the band in 1996 and replaced by Toto Villanueva as their new drummer. They released their fifth album Eroplano with their rendition of Rey Valera's hit Kung Kailangan Mo Ako. A year later, Jonathan Buencamino was forced to leave due to an illness that caused him to lose his voice indefinitely.
Short-Lived Reunion and Hiatus: 2000-2004:
In 2000, Paco Arespacochaga going solo and released his solo album called Rebirth featuring three popular songs of his former band and a collaboration with his former wife Geneva Cruz.Paco Arespacochaga rejoined the band in 2000. Ira Cruz, who had played with Introvoys from 1988 to 1991, rejoined with the original line-up members Paco, Jonathan, Jj & Jobert Buencamino and Vic Carpio for the short-lived reunion run in 2001 and after that, He decided to pursue other interests. He joined Passage and Co-founded the Band Kapatid. Vic Carpio and Jobert Buencamino decided to retire and pursue other interest and the other members decided to go on an indefinite hiatus.
A Brighter Day and New Beginnings: 2005-present:
After years of hiatus, Arespacochaga, Jonathan & Jj Buencamino began to decided back together and work on a new album with their two new members Henry Abesamis on bass guitar and Jonathan Manuel on guitars. In 2005, they released the album entitled A Brighter Day. In December 2006, the band released a follow-up album entitled, New Beginnings, a collection of re-arranged major hits and introduced two new members, Steve Guadiz on guitar and Chot Ulep on bass.
In April 2009, Tim De Ramos joined the band as the new drummer while Arespacochaga assumed duties as the new lead guitarist, Steve Guadiz left Introvoys followed by Chot Ulep also left. In September of that same year, G3 Misa, formerly with Shanghaied and Mystery became the new guitarist and Gary Padre became the new bass player.
In October 2011, at the Tanduay Rockfest, Arespachochaga performed signature Introvoys hits including Line To Heaven and Di Na Ako Aasa Pa. Buoyed by the warm welcome he got from the crowd, he stated, "Salamat. Maraming, maraming salamat. By next year, kasama ko na ang buong banda" ("Thank you. Thank you very much. By next year, the rest of the band will be with me.")
In June 2012, Jonathan Dela Paz became the new bassist for the band. In a following year, Jj Buencamino retired Introvoys and Art Pangilinan became their new keyboardist.