How can chaos sound gentle? That is the question i also asked to myself upon hearing the album title. And after going through it not only once but twice upon receiving the album link personally from them, It then made me realize that this is dirty rock and this is the gentle sound of chaos.
Meet Peso Movement, a new band composed of Japs Sergio on Guitars and Vocals, Macky Macaventa on Bass, Kurt Floresca on Drums, and Francis Reyes on Lead guitars, these powerhouse band came from different bands but united into one sond that is as Japs would describe it, Dirty Rock.
Raw, Headbanging, Rock….. That’s dirty rock for you.
I have been hearing them since 2012 with their pwersa ng iisa demo and man that was powerful, something different at that time. From there on, i listened to their other bootleg tracks on youtube and low and behold, their debut album entitled The Gentle Sound of Chaos is now released independently and again, this is one of the most watched out and highly anticipated album to come out this year.
So for the digital release, there are 12 tracks all in all. Let’s get into it:
1. State of Bliss - To start off the album, the boys introduce what dirty rock is. Powerful guitar riffs and drums while keeping the melody gentle and harmonic melodies, add up a powerful solo and you get this track.
2. Five star riot - Second track that will keep you headbanging for more, you can hear Japs’ grunting sound while singing “Excuse me, we’re coming through!” another track that can be a potential single.
3. Bawal Simangot - The first of the 5 tagalog songs from the album, no frowns on this track, just pure rock and more headbanging. Perfect to be the carrier single.
4. Tech support - Starts out with the guitar distortion, then the drumroll that afterwards, the vocals comes in… all that i can remember was “thungk tenk tunun tenengk tug tenk” riff that is infectious. Again, another solid track from the band.
5. You Gazer - To slow things down, we have this track, This showcases Japs’ vocal range while keeping the guitar distortions to a minimum sound. The solo however reminds me of those old school rocks riffs, add up the drums and you get another slow but strong contender again to be a single.
6. Dadami Pera – peradadami pera dadami pera….. that was stucked in my head for quite sometime…. pera dadami pera dadami pera….
7. House Arrest – One of my favorite tracks from the album. The upbeat drumpart at the start up until reaching the chorus part. The house is burning from the inside…. then up until the breakdown part of the song is so tight, me likey!
8. Pwersa ng Iisa – That guitar lead from the start + that bass riff + infectious drumbeats + Vocals that has soul in it = perfect! Another one of my favorites from the album.
9. Never After – Never never never again… nuff said, another tight and solid track.
10. Kita-kita nalang - Kung sakaling di na magtagpo ang ating puso… kita kita nalang sa dulo. Wait, this is a ballad track done in rock. yup! i was also surprised after analyzing the song. Unless otherwise, i believe this is where the digital official release of the album will end (the cd will have the 2 bonus tracks below)
11. Aling Pag-ibig pa – Taken from the Rock ed release of the commemorative album for Andres Bonifacio, This has the patriotic approach of love. Aling pag-ibig pa kaya para sa tinubuang lupa… then right at the middle, the signature tight drumroll, guitar riff and solo… i love it!
12. Loss of Gravity - From the start i said to myself, wait, this is a pop-song right? but at the 30 second mark i said nah, this is dirty rock. Great track to end the album.
Overall, i haven’t heard something like this album for quite sometime and truly, this is one of those albums that deserves to be bought legally and support the band in any way possible. We have alot of bands out there, only few are those who can make a statement on their genre and Peso Movement is one of those hidden gems that you need to treasure and take care off. From start to end of the album, it will leave you coming back for more. All tracks are great, no wasted tracks included in the album.
I recommend you guys to get this album and support them by going to their gigs. A little help goes a long long way.
Kudos Peso Movement and no pressure, can’t wait to hear the follow up to this album.
I’ll give it a 5 out of 5.
You can purchase the album (and have it personally signed by the band, this is what im going to do on my purchase from them) from their facebook page
Meanwhile, enjoy this track taken off from their Tower sessions (courtesy of the Tower Sessions youtube channel)