Jamir Garcia’s partner has revealed that the late Slapshock vocalist recorded six new songs during quarantine, which she says should be released to honour his legacy.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Monday, Garcia’s partner Sonina Jaya Crisostomo said the decision to release the music lies with the two remaining members of Slapshock, Lean Ansing and Chi Evora, who recorded them with Garcia.
“If I was the one in charge, those songs should be released because he worked hard on them during the lockdown,” she said.
ABS-CBN News reported that Garcia was in talks with PolyEast Records regarding the release of his six recordings. The label has yet to respond to queries from NME on these recordings.
Garcia passed away on November 26 at the age of 42. According to police reports, he was found unresponsive in his Quezon City home after taking his own life.
The frontman’s death shocked the Philippines music world, prompting widespread mourning from fans and fellow musicians alike. Garcia was cremated on December 1 after a two-day public wake at St. Peter Memorial Homes Quezon City.
Following his death, Crisostomo went on Facebook Live to express her grief. She also claimed that and alleged that Garcia “was bashed by envious people”, which led to his death. “I really wanted to defend Jamir and clarify everything. But I feel that he will be happier if we just remember the good things he did,” she said.
Although Crisostomo didn’t give details nor specific names, former Slapshock bassist Lee Nadela later addressed her in a Facebook post. He wrote, “Regarding Jaya’s Facebook video post yesterday, please don’t accuse me and Jerry Basco (former guitarist) of wrongdoing, when we were just speaking out the truth and the injustice done to us.”
In October, Nadela had confirmed Slapshock’s disbandment following allegations that their former bandmates Garcia, Evora and Ansing withdrew band royalties without their permission.
Addressing Crisostomo in the video, Nadela said, “We will answer all your baseless accusations and refute it with concrete evidence in court.”
See Crisostomo’s Facebook Live video and Nadela’s full statement below.
Patawad mga kaibigan. Gusto ko sana ikwento ang buong pangyayari, akala ko kaya ko! pero mahirap pala. Gusto ko lang sana talaga ipagtanggol si Jamir, at linawin ang lahat. pero mas naramdaman kong mas magiging masaya siya kung aalalahanin na lang natin ang masasayang nagawa niya. Hindi niya deserve ang nangyari sa kanya. Sinira siya ng mga taong inggit, pero hangng sa huling hininga Kayo padin ang prinotektahan niya. Sinalo niya lahat ng paninira at pananakit niyo. Nakatanaw ang Panginoon sa ating lahat. Alam ko makakamit niya din ang hustisya.LALABAS DIN ANG KATOTOHANAN! Hindi habangbuhay maghahari-harian ang kasamaan niyo.
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Slapshock’s last single ‘Sana Pag Gising’ was released in May, but Nadela said he and Basco weren’t part of the recording.
“Jerry and I found out that they had finished recording a six-song EP that was already in the mixing and mastering stage. They deliberately did not let Jerry and me record our guitar and bass parts,” Nadela said in a statement to Tribune in October.
“That was unfair, because, in the first place, they never informed us about the whole thing, not even bothering to ask if we were agreeable with the setup they wanted.”
Slapshock was formed in 1997. The band had recorded seven albums and two EPs. They’re known for their hits ‘Cariño Brutal’, ‘Anino Mo’ and ‘Misterio’.