Just a month after Pinoy heavy metal band Slapshock announced they had officially disbanded; their vocalist Jamir Garcia was found lifeless in his home in Quezon City last November 26. With the sad news came an outpouring of messages of love and support for the 42-year-old singer who was part of a band considered as one of the pioneers of the local heavy metal music scene.
Parokya ni Edgar singer Chito Miranda shared the story of how his friendship with Jamir began. On his Instagram account, Chito wrote, “Dati, hindi kita trip.
“Hindi ko din trip yung banda mo, and I always made sure na maging snob at mayabang sayo...or I would at least try, kasi di naman talaga ako ganun...pero gusto talaga kita yabangan every time nagkikita tayo.
“Ganun ako sayo simply because I was intimidated by you, your band, and your crowd.
“Pero kahit anong gawin kong angas sayo, you would still always be consistently kind and soft spoken.
“Hanggang wala nalang talaga akong magawa kundi maging mabait din sayo kasi wa-epek yung mga pa-angas-angas ko sayo.
“Wala din choice kundi mabilib sa banda ninyo dahil sobrang professional at hardworking nyo lahat.
“Malungkot ako na nawala ka agad, pero masaya ako na nakilala kita.
Jamir, who led the vocal of Slapshock throughout the band’s two-decade existence, had just celebrated the band’s 23rd anniversary this year. In earlier interviews this year, the band shared that they were also working on their 10th album together, three years after their last album “Atake” was released in 2017. Slapshock is most known for their heavy metal albums 4th Degree Burn, Headtrip, and Cariño Brutal.
Slapshock was composed of members Lee Nadela, Lean Ansing, Jerry Basco, and Chi Evora.