At first, I may seem quiet but once you get to know the real me, I’m actually quite the opposite and my friends know that about me. During my elementary years, if my classmates would describe me with one word, it would be quiet. I was so quiet that I only had a few friends. It was the kind of friendship that had an expiration date on it. Each year, I’d be with a new group of friends and it was tough for me to really open up. It was only during high school when I met my “friends forever and ever” that I showed my true talkative self.
So what’s the point of this entry that I had to go back to memory lane? Well, since the year had started, I’ve been asked by my friends for a couple of times and on different occassions why I’ve been quiet. My reasons are: I have nothing good/interesting to say or I guess I just don’t want to say anything I’d regret later on. I don’t wanna sing John Mayer’s “My Stupid Mouth” anymore because I’ve sang it far too many times before that I’ve reached my limit.
Never The Strangers. They sound foreign but they’re actually a local band. Composed of Ace Libre on vocals and keyboards, Francis Victa on bass, JP del Mundo on guitars and PJ La Viña on drums. I immediately became a fan the first time I saw them perform live during the October Tambay Tuesdays at Route196 last year. Aside from their good looks, these guys are really talented. They are in their early 20’s and fresh out of college but they’ve achieved a lot for a fairly new band. They had the privilege of playing as the opening act when Death Cab For Cutie was here in Manila and their current single, “Moving Closer” is the new song for Close Up.
After months of delay, they recently released their self-titled album and after listening to all the tracks, it was really worth the wait. All the songs are composed by their brilliant vocalist, Ace. You get to hear his vocal ability in the song “Everything” which is my favorite among the 12 tracks in the album. It’s an acoustic song which reminded me of “Kandila” by Sugarfree. I just love the </3 line that goes “I’m happy as long as you are.” Another favorite of mine is “Moving Closer” which has this “kilig” vibe and best heard at a live gig.
They also have an LSS-inducing track called “Davenport” that will have you singing “Can you feel the rush, rush? Can you feel the rush, rush, baby?” This is actually the first song that I heard from the band. Before I got to see them perform live at a gig, a friend was raving about them so I checked out their Facebook page. They posted a bunch of demo tracks and after listening to all of it, I just had to see them live. There are a lot of bands out there but they had this new wave vibe which was something new to my ears and I liked it. They sounded good on record and my expectations were exceeded when I got to see them live. Need I say more? Be sure to grab a copy of their album cause it’s really worth it and catch them at one of their gigs.
There were 3 things I was abstaining from doing during the Lenten season. Take note that I just used past tense. There used to be 3 items on my list but now I am down to 1. I failed on the 1st because it was my own fault for being a weakling. The 2nd was because of peer pressure and the fact that I am a weakling. Since there’s only 1 item left on my list, I will accomplish it and prove something to myself. I shall not succumb to temptation so help me God.