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he Ransom Collective is a Manila based indie folk/rock band likened to the sounds of Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and The Local Natives. Comprised of Kian Ransom, Redd Claudio, Jerms Choa Peck, Leah Halili, Lily Gonzales, and Muriel Gonzales, the band combines unique percussive patterns, acoustic guitar driven leads, and full band vocal swells to create their foot stomping folk pop sound.
They formed in late August 2013 and within their first six months, found themselves on stages all over manila. The band began to emerge onto the scene after winning “Wanderband,” a battle of the bands between some of the Philippines top indie bands. Along with the title, The Ransom Collective went on to play the annual Wanderland Fest, sharing the stage with bands such as The Drums, The Royal Concept, Architecture in Helsinki and more. They also were part of the annual “Feat De Le Musiqe.”
In 2014, Deezer nominated The Ransom Collective to represent the Philippines in a global independent artist competition. The band eventually took 2nd place out of 45 countries. In September, they released their debut EP, which was listed by Vandals on the Wall, a respected local indie music blog, as one of the most anticipated EP’s of the year.