Sheila and the Insects traces its roots to the band The End that was formed by Ian
Zafra together with a few friends in December of 1991. The band started out
playing new wave covers and writing and recording a few original songs. Through
the years, the band met with several changes in its line-up eventually picking
up Orven Enoveso as the band’s vocalist in 1992 along the way. With very little
in the way of an active band scene in Cebu, the band still managed to survive
doing gigs in small clubs and continuing to write and record new material.
landing a regular weekly gig in the now defunct Artist Dais club in circa 1996,
the band slowly built up a regular following, which led to bookings in bigger
clubs and, eventually, corporate sponsored concerts.
band eventually recorded and released independently their first album in 1999
during which time, the band moved to Manila, Philippines to promote their music
in the capital. Slowly, the band gained recognition especially with the release
of their second album the following year.
album, Plastic Eyes, Static Minds produced two singles that gave the band their
biggest break. The song Everyday Drive gained regular radio airplay and
eventually landed the top spot in the NU107 midnight countdown for four
straight weeks and went on to stay in the countdown for a total of 15 weeks.
single from the same album, Your Comedy, landed in the same countdown eventually
peaking at number 2. That year, the band received a nomination as best new
artist in the NU107 Rock Awards and performed in the nationally televised
event. Returning to Cebu shortly after their successful Manila stint, the band
continued to be active in the local circuit and went on to release their third independent
album titled Manipulator. The album spawned another hit single, Idle Hands, which
gained similar recognition and success in Manila’s rock charts thus cementing
the band’s status as one of the Philippines’ best indie acts.
after the release of their third album, the band broke up because of musical
differences. Eventually, Ian Zafra and Orven Enoveso, the band’s lead guitarist
and lead vocalist respectively, and also the band’s main songwriters, decided
to reform the band with two new members: Boobop on bass and Jerros Dolino on
drums. Both new members had had stints in Cebu-based bands that also met with success
in Manila namely Glitch and Urbandub.
Flowerfish in August of 2005, the band reestablished themselves in the Philippine
rock scene with strong singles like Lemerson and the highly contagious Quick to
Panic, the latter released with a highly stylized animated music video that
caught the scene by surprise. Riding renewed interest from old and new fans
alike, the band went on to release videos for the singles Happenstance, Clever
as You, and the latest, Maude.
band later was chosen to be part of the Apo Hiking Society tribute album. Their
cover version of Softly was released in 2008 as part of The Best of Kami nAPO
Muna 2CD + DVD collection. In spite of all their successes and recognition from
the Philippine rock scene, its band members never really became full-time
musician for long -- choosing instead to work day jobs. Choosing individual
careers over music though, has allowed the band to remain truly independent
with their sound.
band currently with a new bassist, Wesley Chiongbian and drummer, Vince Yap, is now working on new material with the aim of bringing SATI's music to a wider audience. The band released a single Pretty Loser in 2013 to showcase the band's evolved sound and was followed by a three city tour with stops in Cebu,
Manila, and Singapore.
year, 2018, the band will finally be releasing its fifth full-album titled Love
or Limbo containing nine brand new songs.