During our stint at the now-defunct Sev’s Cafe, we used to stage a show that is entirely dedicated to all the students. We named it Students Night Out (SNO). It ran for 3 successful editions and, as of this writing, we are now on the works of continuing it once a month, at a new bar.
Through SNO, we were able to discover new bands and new artists that are really worth checking out. One of those bands is Wasted Wendy–a four-piece punk/grunge-rock from mixed origins. Their debut performance at SNO was extremely wild, which made the crowd to ask for more, which eventually, led for the band to play a cover of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit‘.
In the months that followed, they debuted in an ILVSTRADOS-initiated gig in Intramuros called Dungeon Date. They opened the night, and, man, they set the bar of the show through their music. Sev’s Cafe was essential to Wasted Wendy’s emergence to the independent music community, in fact they were one of the many bands that were able to bid farewell to the cafe when it closed its doors last December of 2015.
Wasted Wendy during the final show of Sev’s Cafe last December 2015.
ANARCHY! ANARCHY! ANARCHY!
Recently, the band leaked 3 recorded tracks of theirs, apparently of the following reasons: 1.) They need a material to be out online, and 2.) they need something to release for promotional use for our Intramuros Rising V: Open City campaign.
QUICK REVIEW: It’s a pretty good record. Makes you feel as if you’re in the 90s Seattle music scene. The production is perfectly raw and fit (good enough) for the music they are trying to create. Jeun, you motherfucker.
Days after the leak, I had a sit-down with the band’s bassist, EJ
Edrian James Salvador, for a more insightful and detailed story about each tracks, and basically, to get to know the band more.
Stream this beauty right now:
Just like any other band, Wasted Wendy has a colorful history, but I guess only few like them has an unlikely cute origin that is opposite to the attitude of their music. EJ revealed that Keith Andulan (drummer), who was studying at Mapua then, was a skate(board)-buddy before they became bandmates. JM Hanopol (lead guitarist) was a friend of a friend, while Jeun Villanueva (frontman, vocals and guitars) was a long-time friend and bandmate of Keith since–read this–GRADE SCHOOL. The band eventually broke up, but the two (Keith and Jeun) decided to continue, hence they invited EJ and JM on-board, forming the band we call now, Wasted Wendy.
SONGWRITING AND RECORDING
According to EJ, the band has equal contributions when it comes to songwriting. However, he stressed out that between the four of them, Keith jumps on-board and contributes a lot when it comes to arranging the songs they have written. “Sobrang dami na naming nagawa, ‘yung iba ‘di na namin tinuloy kasi nagkatamaran,” says EJ when asked how many songs the band was able to write since the beginning, “pero ang maganda dun, lahat talaga ng mga nasusulat namin, sobrang consistent sa tunog namin. Kumbaga pasok siya sa Wasted Wendy. Tinamad lang talaga kaming tapusin sila,” he added
as if stressing that they’re too lazy to write on the first sentence was not yet enough.
ASCENDING TO THE INTRAMUROS RISING STAGE
Out of nowhere–and I swear it was really awkward for us to do this–I asked EJ why they said YES to Intramuros Rising, he answered quickly with a “sino ba naman hindi o-OO sa Intramuros Rising?” to which both of us couldn’t take the cheesiness of it, we had to stop.
“Solid ang Intramuros Rising. Solid ang IR crowd. Mostly kasi ng mga naka-line-up, hindi mo kilala e. So parang ‘pag nandun ka, kadisco-discover ka,” he lovingly added.
Fun fact: EJ and Keith are solid IR followers, he even shared with me that during the first one, he sold tickets on behalf of the PLM Indie Music Community.
THE GOLDEN QUESTION
Somebody really has to say it/ask about it: “Are you guys okay/comfortable being associated with Nirvana?” Much as I don’t want to continue this question, it needs to be addressed, especially when a lot of bands are not comfortable in being compared to their musical influences/idols.
Luckily, for Wasted Wendy, they are okay with it.
“Okay lang, idol namin sila e. Halo-halo influences namin, from classics to pop-punk. Nirvana ang naging common denominator namin—at dun kami nagkasundo at nakasulat ng maraming kanta.” He doesn’t deny the mere fact that Jeun’s voice is Cobain-esque and that Smells Like Teen Spirit was their favorite jam piece. However, he stressed out that their chord progressions are way too different from the legendary grunge band and they are not entirely copying them, and again, they are really comfortable being associated with these gods.
Big words of admission at this day and age. Musicians, in my opinion, shall not be robbed of their freedom to interpret what they’re listening to.
Wasted Wendy opening Dungeon Date.
Wasted Wendy has officially come out of the independent music community. They may have a long way to go, but at the rate that they are going now, plus the quality of their leaked tracks, they are off to a good start, and the signs—if kept consistent—should give them an idea where they will be going.
The 3-tracks leakage maybe intended or not, but one thing is for sure, Wasted Wendy just made an announcement, and from here, it’s a bit bold, loud, aggressive. . . and strong move.
If this is the beginning of a new music cycle, it’s a good thing Wasted Wendy is in it.