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Album Review: Life of a Champion by Quest

Finally, done gathering my thoughts and personal insights on Life of a Champion by Quest.

For those who don’t know, i have been looking for his album the record bars last year but to no luck, it’s not available.

But after seeing the post that he’s willing to do a personal meetup to sell the album, i had no hesitations to meet and greet and buy the album from him. i said to myself, this is good. finally i can go legit by buying and supporting the album and Quest instead of downloading his song on youtube and ripping it to mp3’s but hey don’t get me wrong. This is the only way i was able to obtain his music.

Here comes Quest’s sophomore album (yup he already has a debut album entitled Revolution) which so silly of me, forgot to bring on the day of the meetup to have it signed. Life of a champion has 10 tracks which are filled of the most inspiring lyrics that celebrates life, positivity, hope, love and friendship just to name a few. But enough talk, let’s get to the rundown of the tracks

1. Sige Lang – The album opens up  with Sige lang in which he already told us that it’s a different version from the first one that was released a few years ago. The loud thumping drums encourages the listeners to listen and start the day right with energy and positivity.

2. Champions – Another upbeat track, it retains the intensity of sige lang. I like the message of the song as the lyrics goes “Be the best, be the best, put your fist together with the rest” telling us that we are all champions, it’s up for you on how to unleash the inner champion in you.

3. Digmaan (feat. Julianne Tarroja) – The third song slows down, almost a ballad if you ask me. the song tells us that each and everyone of us has his/her own battles in life and no matter what happens, we often don’t fight the battle alone but instead, we seek for help to overcome these challenges in life. Definitely a track that stands out in the album and to be honest one of my choice to be a single.

4. No Greater Love (feat. Clara Benin) – I’ll be honest. The first time i heard this track, i though that it was an international artist that comes close to Drake with a little bit of lil wayne and the girl singing is Skylar Grey. But to my surprise, it’s from a local act. See, this is the type of quality track that the local stations need to play. Oh and by the way, this is one awesome ballad song in the album.

5. Paborito (feat. Reese Lansangan) – Another solid track from the album, this comes halfway on your listening experience. A love song that can guarantee to melt you special love one’s heart if you sing it to them. That wordplay “Kung si Goma may Lucy, si John may Marsha, si Kiko may Shawie, si Popoy may Basha” and the “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, a, b, a, b, select start” references just tells how Quest’s ability to have you get hooked on this song. Another favorite track of mine to be a single.

6. Kalawakan (feat. Aicelle Santos) – Still on the slow part of the album, this track is all about overcoming love against all odds and obstacles. Just like outer space, it’s infinite and endless. Another strong contender to be a single. Like the breakdown halfway on the song.

7. Golden – Another slow ballad in the track, each and every moment is precious and golden. just like love.

8. Speed of Light – Superhero you might ask? S on my chest, just like Superman, flying at the speed of light.

9. Saludo – Another favorite track of mine, this song reminds us of the modern day superheroes. Actually, this song can be applied to other people or to yourself as well. Salute as you overcome the obstacles in life and succeeding all the trials that came into your life. Another track that i really really like in the album. Plus that bassline and guitar riffs, soooooo likey!

10. Higher – As the album ends, this is the perfect track to close the album. not too loud, not too heavy. Instead we are treated to the inspirational track that is we aim to our goals and aspirations in life. Just like lifting ourselves higher to reach them.

So yeah, Life of a champion is currently available in CD format via meetups on Quest’s Facebook Page. You can purchase the album c/o Quest himself. At the moment, he’s setting up places for personal meetups if you would like to purchase the album. I’d highly recommend you guys to buy the album and instead of leaving after buying, stay awhile and chat with Quest. Promise, no dull moment and very friendly i may say.

As he also mentioned, it will be out soon digitally (via Spotify, iTunes and other digital formats) for now, the only higher chance to buy the album is to meet up with him personally as thee are still no plans yet to be released on the record bars (you know how indie music works)

I’d give this one a 5 out of 5

You can also have the album signed personally by him (i bought 2 copies) and you get to do this:

quest meetup

Or even this

quest

Here’s a teaser of the tracks from the album (c/o Quest)

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Album Review: Rico Blanco’s Dating Gawi

Last time we saw Rico Blanco was his alter-persona as Fiesto Bandido.

Fast Forward to late 2015. after releasing a few singles, a collaboration with Parokya ni Edgar, and a remake of 214. Rico Blanco is back and this time, he’s having Fiesto rest on the latest album and simply back to being Rico. Thus, the title “Dating Gawi” emphasizes on his back to basics approach in making an album. No techno mumbo jumbo synths, no drum and bass tracks, just pure raw instruments with a little help from his friends. And boy his list of friends for the album includes Raimund Marasigan on Drums, Buddy Zabala  on Bass and Roll Martinez on Guitars. So yeah, if you have a powerhouse lineup like that, expect something awesome as an end product.

And to be honest, the album doesn’t disappoint at all. But i only have 1 complain and we’ll get on that later.

Rico Blanco - Dating Gawi Album cover

Dating Gawi Album Cover. Simple and clean

The album contains 8 tracks and this is where i start to complain. Why only 8 tracks? Why you ask? Here’s a rundown of the album tracks:

  1. Parang Wala Na – The album opens with this tracks with the wailing guitar riffs and then blows into a full band breakdown. Nice song to start and giving the listeners what to expect from the album. As i was playing this track over and over, i can’t help but remember the song from New Order’s Ceremony.

2. Sorry Naman – “Pinilit kong lumaban, pinlit lumayo” My choice for the second single off this album. it’s light on the first few verses, then gets a little heavy as the song is about to end.

3. Walang Basagan – This literally talks about well, do your own thing and i’ll do mine. Perfect for the theme of the song about breakup and setting barriers on each other.

4. Videoke Queen – The carrier single of the album. First time i heard the title to be honest made me cringe and laugh at the same time. Considering that his past hits were kinda not my type because of the heavy electronica influence, i was expecting another meh electronica track. Lo and behold, this caught me by surprise and i said finally, he’s going back to his roots. Good job!

5. Wag Mong Aminin – As we are done halfway of the album, things get to slow down with this track. Another breakup song that stands on it’s own from the album. Again, another possible future single.

6. Alaala – A mellow upbeat song from the album. The infectious “woo hoo hoo hoo” and the simple approach of the song is what’s catchy. Not as solid as the others but still, a nice track.

7. Umuwi ka na – Same with Alaala, another mellow song that’s not too much but just right to fit in the album.

8. Chess – As the album ends and just as the track tempo builds up, you know that the album is about to end but nevertheless, this track is the perfect song to end the album. That line “kung di mo kayang umibig, kung ayaw mong masaktan, mag-chess ka nalang” nails it.

So yeah, this is a great 3rd album from Rico. A solid release if i may say. Too bad the album has only 8 tracks and after playing the whole disc, you will be craving for more. Im excited on what would be the follow up for this album will sound.

Overall, a solid release from Rico and to be honest, could have been the best among the past 2 albums (Your Universe and Galaktik Fiestamatik) but again as i was saying on this post, it’s kinda short and have that “bitin” feeling. But then again, can’t wait for the follow up form this one.

I’ll give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars

2015: A look back at OPM music (Mixtape #1)

I’m back with the local mixtape for 2015. Please do note that there is no certain position on the songs that i included in the mixtape. I just simply placed all the tracks into one folder and this is in no particular order:

1. Tide / Edit – Afloat – Taken from their sophomore album Lightfoot, Ths is the last track in the album and it is a fitting end to close the album. I recommend you to get their album. Will be posting a review in this site sometime January next year

2. Mongols – Case Logic – An old track from the post eraserheads/pre-mongols/pre-pupil era. An old track from Dizzy Ventura, found their sample cd in the vaults.

3. Autotelic – Dahilan – One of the breakthrough artists last year. This track proves why they need to be noticed and listened to.

4. KR – Gift of flight – Yup, this is an instrumental track from one of my friends who is now based in Australia. The light guitars at the start then blows into a happy happy joy joy track. I recommend you get his soundscape diaries album.

5. Ebe Dancel – Hanggang wala nang bukas – New album dropped in around early December this year plus it’s Ebe Dancel. No questions. Good thing he’s back after a long period of rest. Now if Sugarfree can reunite….

6. Champ Lui Pio – Hanging Habagat – Speaking of reunited, this is an old track from the lead vocalist of Hale (which disbanded, then got back this year)

7. Stereodeal – Hypertime – Aids, i stand errected corrected. I always tell you that The Spin is my favorite song from you guys. But after hearing the whole Singularity album, this track has begun growing on me. and it’s up par with spin already. Guys, go get this album. Worth every track.

8. Franco – I want you – Re-recorded track way back from InYo days (not sure if this has been done on Frank! days) nevertheless, waiting for a new full length album from them hopefully by 2016.

9. Indio I – Di mo lang alam – An old track, LSS in my head. Must share the LSS

10. PARD – Kwek Kwek – Guys from bubble gang sings about pek err kwek kwek. A native streetfood in the Philippines. That R&B sound with witty lyrics stands out in the song.

11. Sandwich – Kagulo – Kagulo! wag kang magulo. The new album lives up to it’s expectations.

12. Assembly Generals – Kontrabida – A side project of Raimund Marasigan, this fuses killer beats with lyrics that oerfectly fits every song in the album. Definitely a must buy.

13. Squid 9 – Lason – Well, another Marasigan side project that has been in hiatus for years. The new album is what you’ve expect from the man himself. Beats, rapping and and highly addictive and infectious tracks from the new album.

14. Luis Azcona – Kilometro – Sarah Geronimo’s version was ok but this one got me hooked on the song. A cover of the pop song with an acoustic and serious twist.

15 Silent Sanctuary – Meron nang iba – the kings of laslas pulso songs are back with this track. Sure the album that came with this track is 2 years ago, still this song stands out from monodramatic.

16. Sugarfree – Pugad – As i was mentioning about sugarfree earlier, one of the bonus tracks from their Dramachine album. Ahhh… Sugarfree….

17. Pupil – Rain – As i mentioned in my post almost a year ago, Zilch hasn’t been out and been waiting for it. And the album doesn’t disappoint. Pupil’s Zilch is so far the heaviest album in terms of guitars and drums. This track is my pick for Zilch.

18. Letter Day Story – Sama Sama – Again an old track and got their album for a mere 50 bucks (yup, sad year as the OPM cd’s came in to a close) tried spinning it and not bad. Still looking for their debut ep Sulat, Araw, Kwento.

19. Hale – See you – As mentioned earlier, the hale boys are back. Cause i see you…. Looking more tracks from them. So far, they have only released an EP online.

20. Rico Blanco – Sorry Naman – Sorry, Sorry naman. Was a fan of Rico way back in rivermaya days, to solo, then Fiesto bandido (to be honest, fiesto wasn’t my personal favorite) and after hearing videoke queen, i told myself finally he’s back to his old self, back to basics. Ad that is what the title of the album says as well. I’m calling it, this is the next single from the Dating Gawi album. another must buy album.

21. DRT – Tao – An old track, a revival track, a superband. Wondering where they are now?

To get the mixtape, 2015 OPM mixtape. As always, please support OPM as the current state of physical cd releases are dwindling down. Please please if you like the artist, support them.

 

Hey~

It’s been a while since i last posted. Been busy the whole year.

how are you guys and girls doing?

Have no fear, year end post will be coming in as this is a tradition on my personal site.

oh and yeah, we got alot of catching up to do.

 

Album Review – Singularity by Stereodeal

Singularity by Stereodeal (Image taken from their website www.stereodealmusic.com)

Yay! new year, new music to watch out and the first album review for this year. What a great way to start the new year with the first offering from a band that has been in the industry for a few years now. To be honest, i have already jammed with 2 of the pioneer members, doing covers that ranges from Death Cab for Cutie, to The Strokes and even Bloc Party.

Fast forward to a few years after, after a few lineup  changes and anticipation buildup, they have finally released their first album independently. Yep, Stereodeal’s Singularity is now unleashed and no biased opinion here, this is one of the albums i have been waiting since last year alongside Peso Movement, The Purplechickens, Autotelic and Tide/Edit just to name a few.

Stereodeal is composed of Adrian on Vocals, Dax G on Bass, Marie on Drums and Dax B on additional guitars and synths. Their debut album entitled “Singularity” is composed of 8 tracks and here they are:

Relentless – It starts of with the wailing guitar riffs, head bobbing drumrolls, tripnotic synth and a groovy bass, Relentless will make your head bang while getting hooked into the whole song progression. Wait for the solo part at the middle that will remind you of Russell’s solo leads. A great opener for the album

Grundy – From the first riff, it reminds me again of Bloc Party but don’t that fool you. This track has this fast-paced beat all the first part of the song, Until it suddenly slows down, then slowly pics up the pace throughout the song, then for the last part, the outro solo is so damn good. One of the gems to watch out in the album.

The Spin – This may have a few revisions from the first time i heard it a few years ago, it still keep up to my expectation. This time it has gotten better then the previous versions. Upon listening, you will get hooked singing “Hang on to what you want, hang on to what you need” until “This time we’ll spin around again, we go down down down down…” So far for the third track of the album, it still keeps up the fast pace theme of the whole album experience.

August – A slow song? What? why is it still good? If you have heard pieces of bloc-party inspired leads and solos from the first 3 tracks, this time you’ll hear influences from Death Cab for Cutie. Watch out for that epic buildup towards the ending part of the song.

New Jersey – Another personal favorite of mine from the album, New Jersey’s bass is so soothing, the song is perfect for slow driving (believe me, this is tried and tested while driving al0ng Skyway or SLEX) The song doesn’t have any killer guitar solos or intense-driven riffs but instead, the simplicity of the song is what i liked from this track. Another one to watch out.

01000011 – Also called binary, another slow song from the start, then picks up at the middle but still keeping the harmony of the song. Binary will have you set that repeat mode over and over again. Perfect song after New Jersey. Oh and yes this is a love song.

Hush – This is where it gets interesting. From the starts, haunting synths alongside Adrian’s vocals starts of this song. To be honest, it is effective and sounds like a stalker-song. Maybe because of the way the song was sang? heheh! but then again, we are treated with something different at the end part. Hush up and listen to this semi-techno track.

Hypertime – A perfect way to end the album…. Slow and strong in the middle and then slowing down again up until the end. Again, one of my personal favorites in the album. To be honest, this dodn’t grew on me befor…. up until now…. aand i take that back.

Overall, Stereodeal sounds fresh, some new to check and some good to listen to. Definitely a must pick-up album for this year. If you don’t have a copy yet, go support the band and buy the physical album via their website at www.stereodealmusic.com

You can also purchase it digitally via bandcamp or itunes.

Again this is one of the must have albums for 2015. I suggest (actually order) you guys and girls to go out and buy Singularity.

Foreign Mixtape 2014

And back with the second part which is the foreign mixtape. I’ve been listening to some foreign as well in the past year. Most are instrumentals, post math rock and j-rock to name a few. Nit sure but my fondness and interest in post math rock fascinated me. Oh and there are a couple of anime soundtrack as well in the list.

Here they are:

  • D by 44°+ – A Japanese post math rock band that is new in the scene, these guys may have a weird band name, but their music is not. Go grab their debut album.
  • Birden by ????? featuring Arnor Dan – The first song taken from the anime Zankyou no terror, this piece of gem fits perfectly with the series mood and story theme. I recommend you guys to watch the anime as well and see how they perfectly fitted this song in the series. Such emotions.
  • O by Coldplay – Taken from their Ghost Stories album, this has to be my pick for the album. So slow, so soft, so heartfelt, so good. oh and i almost forgot, so soothing…
  • Parade by How to count from one to ten – Another post math rock band from Japan, i love how the guitars were perfectly played in the song alongside with the tune. Always a happy song to listen to.
  • Abnormalize by ?????? (rin tosite shigure) – Taken from Psycho Pass season 1 anime, i chose this one instead of Enigmatic Feeling because i love the build of the song. The guitar leads and the last part was so tight, i love it.
  • Guilty all the same by Linkin Park – Taken from their latest album, the band have already departed from their sound since their first album up until the last one. Honestly after Minutes to Midnight, i lost interest in the band, But after hearing the materials in the hunting party, my faith has been restored. Finally, guitar solos! oh and yeah, this is the album that should in between Meteora and Minutes to Midnight.
  • Rude by Magic! – Why you gotta be so ruuude….. Something to slow up and feel relaxed upon listening. Plus it has some catchy grooves. Ruuuudddeee
  • Absinthe party at the fly honey warehouse by Minus the Bear – Even though the band has been out for a while, i got hooked to them after listening to this track. Everything is so good i highly recommend them guys.
  • Cleaveland on the Square by Nomads – Another post math rock band this time from the US, don’t be fooled by this 3 piece band, they have a solid and tight set when they play. Another recommended band to hear.
  • Out of Control by Nothing’s Carved in stone – Taken from the Psycho Pass anime, expect some dance-able beats, upbeat synths, funky slapping bass that will make you dance a little most especially at the chorus part. Haaaaapy Meeaaal!
  • Geronimo by Sheppard – You know what comes into my mind whenever i heat this song? Dr Who! Geronimo! say geronimo!
  • Wake Up! by Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra feat. Asian Kung-Fu Generation – The only AJIKAN entry this year for the playlist, it also includes Tokyo SkaPara in the song (actually this is a tokyo ska song with ajikan included) so yeah enjoy and Wake Up!
  • Everything Changes by  ?????? (uchu conbini) – Math rock / Math pop if you can categorize it on the pop genre, another must listen band from the land of the rising sun. It features complex time signatures and yet harmoniously blends in properly.
  • Snow White by Wot Gorilla? – An England based Math Pop Progressive Rock that sounds like Claudio of Coheed and Cambria, this band needs more exposure in the wild. See how man genres they are trying to mix in? The beats almost changes but still, that’s the beauty of math rock and progressive rock, they all still blend.
  • nc17 by ????? – Another instrumental track taken from Zankyou no terror, this time the pace is a little bit faster. The intensity builds up on the middle part while the piano part disappears and a heavy guitar riff is being played. Me likey!

You can get the mixtape for a limited time here

OPM Mixtape for 2014

It’s that time of the year again wherein we have to say goodbye to the year that was a look forward to the new year (yeah, that death cab for cutie song will be playing on my speakers again later) and with that i give you my present for the year, the mixtapes. I have compiled here 15 songs that has been a part of my playlist whether in the car, at work or here at home. i have to agree that the local music scene still has some quite impressive material yet to be heard out in the wild. No offense but good thing the K-Pop fever is now lowering down.

Either way, here the list in no particular order:

  • Jet Blue Sky by Basti Artadi – The solo offering from the frontman of Wolfgang, this time he takes on a rock/bluessy genre. One of the best tracks from the album.
  • Race with destiny by Dark Crayola – Take one part Dragonforce, one part malmsteen leads and that harmonizing 2 guitar solos plus drumbeats what this infectious, bass lines that are groovy at one part and the vocals and what you have is dark crayola’s first single that promises alot from the band.
  • 1995 by Eraserheads – Well well well, this was a surprise this year. Yup, the Eraserheads’ new songs on almost years from being apart has been unleashed. Enjoy and relive 1995
  • A mass for the end of time by Inyo – Why choose this version instead of the superband version? in my own preference i like the inyo mixes better. They are raw sounding and no fancy shmancy distortions. Thus, this is better in my opinion. But hey, it still has Franco on vocals.
  • If you’re not here by Kamikazee – Technically, it’s kamikazee who is playing the instruments and Chris Padilla of Hilera and Steve Badiola of Typecast doing vocal duties (and a little of Jay in the background) this is how you revive an old Menudo song.
  • Halina by Malay – I liked this version better than the original because it’s more uplifting and nice to hear. The choir vocal arrangement at the middle part has got to be the best part, alongside with the sounding bells.
  • Tayo na lang dalawa by Mayonnaise – Latest album from the band. Not sure if they went on indie but with the new lineup, the sound improved from the previous offerings. way totally different from PULA. Kudos to Monty and the band.
  • Here we are here we go by Paranoid City – Synths…. LSS lyrics and groovy beat made this one on my list. Here we are here we are here we go!
  • Pwersa ng Iisa by Peso Movement – Dirty rock at it’s finest. Yes, this one is a sleeper hit this year for all of you rockers out there. Raw sound and a message that is powerful that refers to the local music scene, this is one of the best albums to have been out this year.
  • TNT by Pupil – Until zilch comes out early January of 2015, this has been playing on my headphones for quite sometime in 2014.
  • Back for more by Sandwich – Another product of the Eraserheads, They are back for more. Oh and yes, new album early next year as well.
  • Relentless by Stereodeal – They are coming up with their debut album this coming January and they will have an album launch at Route 196. Here’s one of their early mixes of their songs released in the middle of 2014 and can’t wait to hear the full album when it comes out.
  • Odd & Even by Tide/Edit – Math rock is not hat mainstream here but after hearing these guys, you’ll find influences of toe in their early recordings but for this track, you’ll finally distinguish and set them apart from toe. A must buy album and i highly recommend this one.
  • Reverend’s Daughter by Typecast – Emo? no more. Guaranteed to make you headbang while driving or at work
  • Hover by Urbandub – Catchy guitar riffs, nice message and of course, it’s one of Cebu’s finest. Urbandub!

Download the mixtape here.

EP Review – Eraserheads – Sabado/1995

Eraserheads - Sabado/1995 EP

It’s been awhile since the last song release from one of my favorite bands. Actually i grew up listening to them and got inspired to start up a band. I’m pretty sure you know whom im talking about (come on guys, you should know by now who are they)

Yes they are the Eraserheads.

Their last unreleased single “Sa Tollgate” was released on the first anthology album. As a fan, i bought the said album even though i already have all of their albums just to get my hands on that rare unreleased track. It wasn’t able to live on my expectations as it was only an acoustic track. Don’t get me wrong, i liked the track but it didn’t grew on me.

Fast forward to 2014, i got a little tip over 2-3 weeks ago that they would be featured on Esquire magazine. But the biggest bomb that was dropped is that it would contain new materials (yes materials) from the Eraserheads since their last album, Carbon Stereoxide (which still stands to me as one of their finest works, it was ahead of it’s time when it was released) Yes, not one but 2 new songs.

So the hunt for the elusive and probably collector’s item begins… Some people were able to get a hold of the copy a day earlier and alot made reservations to get the copy. Up to this writing, it’s still sold out in most areas.

Come to think of it, it’s only 2 songs and yet people go crazy to get a copy.

And so i have it on my hand.

The elusive magazine.. yay! i have a copy

Let’s proceed on with the double side ep which i would call the Sabado/1995 ep

The Sabado/1995 EP has 2 tracks, and produced by the band themselves. Packaging is nice and colorful and good work on the cover. Tracks were done and mastered at Sound Creation Studios 92 of my fellow Beat Bucket band friends already did recording on the said studio and the output was nice). I belive the other half was done at Ely’s own studio, The Bunker.

Let’s get down to the tracks:

1. Sabado – Kinda reminds me of their Circus / Cutterpillow  era, well this should have belonged on to that timeline, Sabado is a laid back track wherein it starts with an acoustic guitar, then right at the middle of the second verse, things tend to get a little heavy (well not too much) still a laid back track. Upon listening to the lyrics, it mostly means that thank god it’s saturday tomorrow and we can anything. Kind of like Friday night hangout / gimmick / tambay (whatever you may call it) make the most of a friday night.

Upon searching on youtube (thanks to user Channel ni roister081) this track has been played by Raimund with slightly different lyrics. I think this was still on it’s early stages of being done. Check out the video below

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2. 1995 – The second track that in my opinion, is right in the middle of Natin 99 and Carbon Stereoxide era, has some interesting lyrics. It sounds like a love song that may have happen in the year 1995 but oddly enough there have been different interpretations on the song which includes the following:

  • It’s about the state of the current OPM status wherein some great bands don’t get noticed in favor of the more mainstream acts and international acts.
  • How great year 1995 that even though there have been such great foreign acts like pearl jam, silverchair and other rock bands to name a few, OPM dominated the airwaves. It was also the year when their multi- platinum Cutterpillow was released along with other local acts such as:
  • Teeth’s debut album was released that contains Laklak, Prinsesa (yes it’s a revival already of 6cyclemind and Daniel Padilla) and galit sa mundo.
  • Francis M’s Freeman album was released, containing hits such as Kaleidoscope world, Kabataan sa para sa kinabukasan and other hits
  • Debut album of Wolfgang was released, which has the hits Halik ni hudas, Darkness Fell and Arise

There are quite a few more in the foray.

Back to the song (sorry for the short nostalgic trip) Nevertheless, whatever the song means, it’s a great 1995 year that was and im proud to be a part of the said generation.

Overall, the new materials at first listen has that eraserheads feel into it. Not Pupil, not Sandwich, not Markus Highway, not Cambio nor The Dawn. It has that certain Eraserheads feel into it that you cannot explain.

Overall, the EP contains interesting new materials and like one of those fans out there, i do hope and pray that this will materialize into a full blown album. It’s kinda interesting how the band would sound in a full album EP as they have already their own distinct sound on their respective bands, it’s exciting to hear what the new album would sound like. But then again, we can only hope for and for now, let’s just listen to these 2 new tracks.

I’d give it a 4.5 out of 5.

Why? kasi nabitin ako. hehehe!

Seriously, hopefully these 2 tracks materializes in a full album. This should be an interesting one if that happens. For now, let’s just enjoy these new materials.

Amen! Tyak yon! Amen!

Album Review: Peso Movement’s The Gentle Sound Of Chaos

Peso Movement - The Gentle Sound Of Chaos (taken from their Facebook Page)

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)

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