After winning “Wanderband,” in 2014, a competition between the Philippines’ emerging young acts, The Ransom Collective swiftly found themselves on stages all over Manila. The six-piece indie folk group went on to play the annual Wanderland Festival, sharing the stage with bands such as The Drums, The Royal Concept, and Architecture in Helsinki.
They then released their self-titled EP in November 2014, and their full length album “Traces” in May 2017, both to high praise from music critics and peers.
Comprised of Kian Ransom (vocals, guitar), Redd Claudio (drums), Jermaine Choa Peck (percussions, vocals), Leah Halili (bass, vocals), Lily Gonzales (keyboards, vocals), and Muriel Gonzales (violin, vocals), the band fuses unique percussive patterns, acoustic guitar driven leads, melodic violin phrases, and full vocal swells to create their distinctive sound.
In their short time as a group, the band has established a strong presence in the local music scene, played in the country’s major music festivals, collaborated with Yuna (Malaysia), GAC (Indonesia), and Gabby Alipe of Urbandub (Philippines), and having performed at their first out-of-country stage in India (ASEAN-India Music Festival 2017), are now setting their sights on making a mark in Southeast Asia.