Singing with a Pinch of Heart

I was about to go bed early, but then I thought of firing up the web for one quick glance at my e-mail–none, so far so good. Then I thought, just a few videos on Youtube, and I’ll be hitting the sheets. Then I came across this video:

I thought I’d never listen to another song from this band again. But then I just got curious since it says Tower of Doom. And for people familiar with the country’s music scene, they would know that this recording company has been producing a couple of quality videos and stuff  featuring some of the well known underground bands and artists/musicians from today and as far back as this production goes.

And so within those few seconds of realization, I came to click the video thumbnail–an action which would change my prejudice thoughts into thoughts of admiration.

I look up to these guys ever since because of the fact that I grew up with these guys blanketing the OPM music scene along with other bands of the time. They’re one of the most unique and outstanding bands at that period whose presence raged all over the country when people heard them sing about Tsinelas. Many people at that time were like, “Whoa someone’s yelling about tsinelas, what the hell’s wrong with this guy? I don’t know why but it just sounds cool–yelling about tsinelas and stuff.” And it became a hit. But then as time progressed, I noticed these guys have been playing along the same familiar tunes I could associate with them. They have this particular trademark they make in each of their songs, and every time I hear it, my taste for their music just keeps on waning and waning. Their becoming mainstream did not help at all. Everywhere I go, I hear their song, and my appeal for their kind of music gradually effaced. It lost palate, just like letting bacon stand in your mouth for a couple of minutes until the taste becomes dry.

Their songs were without a doubt good. For a guy who listens to OPM, I hear their songs, and I just couldn’t help but sing along with them. The thing is, it’s like travelling on a 7-hour trip by bus, and all you got on your mp3 player was this 1 particular song all the way to the destination. A couple of months hearing their song on every corner of town was my 7-hour trip.

Today was different though . . .

Delving into the musicality, there are a couple of things I would like to note. One of these is, as I’ve said earlier, they have this trademark tune they’ve been making since the 2nd album. The classic intro, the familiar tune. It might not be that bad to maintain the trademark that everyone had known of you and came to love about you, but in my stand, I find it stale when I hear that tune all the time everywhere I go. But then, I don’t know, there’s just something in this video that got my attention suspended in front of the monitor.

Suddenly, everything was good. The video portrayed something unusual from these guys. Drum lines were tight, their cliché guitar riffs became soulful, cliché chord progression became home to my ears, the basic bass patterns and his predictable octaves became sturdy backbone to the song, the keys worked like a charm when mixed with all the distortions and rudiments, and so on and so forth.

What caught my senses the most was the video itself. It’s crisp clear. Try putting it on full screen. It’s a simple setup, but it’s sufficient.  Probably the most significant part is how the video conveyed each of the band member’s emotions. The video packaged an emotional big-bang that sent me clicking the replay button and still maintain the same feeling it drew out the first time I saw it.

The lyrics . . . I don’t know which came first, but the lyrics and the melody blended really well, just like some of their old songs.

. . . I might have also probably got drawn to the song because of the lyrics. Probably because someone comes to mind when I caught the theme of the song. I dunno.

I came to know this band as the wacky guys. I’ve seen these guys play live a couple of times, and they’re the type of guys who would do all sorts of obscenities not expected of the norms of society. You’ll also notice that typicality in most of their songs, if not all. That’s how these guys became well known in the country’s ears–typical of punk rock bands, if you’re quite familiar with the genre.

But seeing these guys perform a song with all seriousness, and with such emotional outbursts, it’s an unusual sight for the band. You see them, and you’d relate to them. It’s like something serious happened to them, then the song and the video just popped out of nowhere in a snap of a finger. It’s as if they’ve had enough of all the ruffles in their lives, and that this was their final performance before curtains close. It’s unusual, but pleasant at the same time.

A good friend of mine, and a good song writer, once told me, “Write a simple but effective song.” It might already have been known knowledge to him, but I wanna add that, “We should remember to sometimes write something that conveys genuine emotions.” It’s this thought that emanates when I watch this video over and over.

Then again, maybe it’s only a small percentage of me liking the song because of the song per se. I mean, it would be totally different by a significant amount if I never saw this video at all. It’s like I always say, “If you wanna totally understand the song, see the artist perform it live.”

One thing’s for sure, these guys made one damn good song. Now all I’m waiting for is for this to become mainstream, me hearing it everywhere, and for it to become stale to my senses just like all of their other songs.

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