Although existing simultaneously with the Marasigan's foremost band at that time, Eraserheads, Sandwich provided a heavier, grittier sound, and built up their own fan base. Abaya was still in college at the time, and Marasigan would still tour occasionally with the Eraserheads, but these weren’t hindering factors for Sandwich, as there were many session musicians ready to take over in case of a member’s absence.
In 1999, they signed with Sony Music and released their debut album Grip Stand Throw with much success, thanks to its carrier single, Butterfly Carnival. The band won three awards at the 1999 NU 107 Rock Awards: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and Song of the Year.
The following year, Sandwich released their second album 4-Track Mind, which was honored as Album of the Year at the 2001 NU Rock Awards.
Abaya left Sandwich in 2005, in an effort to cope with the difficulty of juggling his job as an MTV VJ, and his obligations to his other band, Kjwan. Marasigan has since taken over sole vocal duties.
After Abaya’s departure, the band wrote songs for soundtracks, including Humanda Ka for the online game Tantra, and Nginiig for the ABS-CBN television program of the same name.
In late 2005, Mong Alcaraz of Chicosci joined the band to solidify Sandwich’s new sound and assume guitar duties which Abaya left behind.
In early 2006, Sandwich released their fourth album Five on the Floor. This was their first album with Marasigan as the sole frontman. In late-October 2006, their songs Sugod and DVDX became available on the online music game O2Jam. The video for Sugod won five major awards at the 2006 MTV Pilipinas Music Awards, including Video of the Year, Best Director, and Best Editing. In the same year, Sandwich members Mong Alcaraz and Myrene Acamedia won the Best Guitarist and Best Bassist awards at the NU Rock Awards. The following year, DVDX won the Best Music Video award from the same awards show.
In 2008, their fifth album <S> Marks the Spot was released. The album received recognition from various awards shows, thanks to its singles Procrastinator and Betamax. In celebration of their 10th year in the industry, Sandwich briefly reunited with former vocalist Marc Abaya in a series of anniversary shows.
This year also started the 4-year relationship with Tanduay as Sandwich became part of Tanduay's First Five wherein 5 of the most popular bands in the country including 6cyclemind had a nationwide tour playing their hits.
In 2010, Sandwich launched their sixth studio album Contra Tiempo featuring the single Putik, which the band dedicates to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy (international name Ketsana). Lakad was then released as the second single from the album.
2012 was a year where the band had a chance to travel and share their music to different countries. They participated in the Hongkong Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival, Malaysia's Future Music Festival and the Hollywood Bowl with Apl de Ap of the Black Eyed Peas in Los Angeles, USA.
In April, 2013, they have released their newest album entitled Fat Salt & Flame under Polyeast Records. A vinyl pressing of this album is rumored to be on the works.
Learn more about them at www.sandwich.com.ph