Tanya Markova is a Filipino rock band formed in 2006. The band is composed of Harlon Agsaoay, Angelo Del Pilar, Philipp Alejandro, Jasper Borbajo, Edson Broce, Rhan Sabas, Kix Chavez, and EJ Guevarra. The band is recognizable due to their makeup and costumes, with each member having an onstage persona.
Tanya Markova was formed in 2004 by Harlon Agsaoay and Angelo del Pilar. Del Pilar immediately thought of an idea to combine sappy melodies and scary caricature-driven lyrics, then they decided to compose songs filled with sarcasm, idiocy, and childish ramblings. During those times the song they've created were only meant to be a joke with nonsensical titles. It took several months before they could find members who would agree to their concept, and almost 2 years to complete the line-up and perform live onstage.
Tragedy and hiatus:
The band was on their lowest point on September 9, 2009 due to the unexpected death of Jollybee Borbajo a.k.a. Sugar K. Due to this sudden loss, the band declared a hiatus in order to deal with the emotional experience and to think about the band's direction. In December 2009, EJ Guevarra went back to Manila to play lead guitar for Tanya Markova once again. He was actually Tanya Markova's original guitarist (Sugar K. previously played drums before switching to guitars when Rufa Mae Milby decided to join) and was able to play in a few gigs and became involved on Tanya Markova's first few demos but he decided to go back to Bacolod due to personal and work reasons. And when Sugar K. died, he was the only guitarist on their mind that could fill his shoes. EJ Guevarra decided to don the Jennylyn Sucaldito suit again.
MCA Music and Tanya Markova (2010):
On January 19, 2010 the band were signed by MCA Music Philippines (whose OPM line-up includes top brass artists like Chicosci, Urbandub, Pedicab, The Dawn and Franco among others). On April 12, 2010 the band released their self-titled debut album Tanya Markova under MCA Music. Their carrier single "Picture Picture" was a success and also their most popular song to date. The next two singles "Disney" and "Linda Blair" was also a success for the band.
The band got their name from Filipina actress Tanya Garcia and the last name from Dolphy's gay movie character Markova. It's also a coincidence that an anagram of "Tanya Markova" is "Natay Karovam" or "Natay Karubam", an Ilokano word which means "Dead Neighbor".
Norma Love - lead vocals,
Iwa Motors - co-lead vocals, occasional acoustic guitar & cowbells,
Mowmow - backing vocals, tambourine, percussion,
Heart Abunda - keyboard synthesizer,
Rufa Mae Milby - drums,
Rez Curtis - lead and rhythm guitar,
Skrovak Iskapanjo - bass guitar,
Jennylyn Sucaldito - lead guitar
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