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Ian Penn’s latest LP Water from the Creek is one you’ll keep in your pilgrim

 

THE STORY

July may be summertime in some parts of the western hemisphere, but here in ours, it’s the season of rain.

Now picture this: It’s a downpour outside—but not the kind that would put anyone in harm’s way, of course—and you’re at home, safe, and covered with a blanket, with a cup of tea or your favorite joe in hand. What better music to accompany yourself than the ambient acoustic kind that would make you feel even more at home and cozy? Or maybe you’re on the road, going on about making a living; although there’s still a bit of rain as you look outside the bus windows, the foot-thumping folk rock jam that you have on your playlist has your back.

Whichever it is, and wherever you are, Ian Penn’s Water from the Creek is one you’ll keep in your pilgrim.

The 10-track LP launched last July 1 offers us a look from Penn’s pensive perspective of life on the road, his hometown of Arayat, and of Intramuros, among other things.

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THE TRACK-BY-TRACK GUIDE

  1. Only One

I want to remember you just like this. You’re the only one. You will live in my heart. As much as I am filled deep in your tears, you’re the only one.

The album starts off with Only One. And it’s like waking up early in the morning just before the sun rises; just before the rest of the world prepares to deal with life. More importantly, waking up beside someone you cherish, and memorizing every detail of that person’s being as they lay asleep.

  1. Water from the Creek

Running back home where we used to dream. The sea rises, I’m on the edge of my seat. Nothing much to say, I am longing to be with you.

The titular track of the album is about Penn’s hometown of Arayat, Pampanga, as their house sits beside a creek. Water from the Creek could well be about a childhood friend you meet after such a long time of being away from home. You meet them again and the both of you are a changed person, so you make the effort to know and start over again.

  1. Ticketman

There’s a boat that’s hanging on my window. There’s an orchard lying by the sea. In the morning, I’ll begin to see you. Find me where the buses never sleep.

This song would’ve been the brainchild of a Beatles and Dylan collaboration if that ever happened. If anything, Ian Penn made and turned that into a reality with this track.

  1. Bluebirds

If I seize the time given on my days, would I seem to find peace?

When, in the wee hours just before dawn, you feel as if you’ve been running around in circles all this time, and you’re just exhausted, Bluebirds is your serenade.

  1. Road

Asked about what Water from the Creek could be, Penn wholly described it as being day and night—with the first four songs you could just listen all through the day, and with the rest you could listen to during the night. Road serves as the interlude.

  1. Midnight Talk

Our train of thoughts coincide like you are dreaming with me. And your midnight talk is all I have at the end of the day.

If you ever back up at the end of your day before you sleep, and you recap what you’ve done, seen, and said all in a span of a day, Midnight Talk is for you.

  1. Naked at Three

Troubles will find their way on your door. Your heart will remember you’ve been here before. Carry the stones or crucify me. No one remembers you’re naked at three.

Past midnight hours are real vulnerable hours with no one around to judge what you say or think about. For some, it’s the most peaceful time of day because they get to be alone without worry of anyone or anything bugging you to do something and—as what this song is about—naked.

  1. It’s Going to Rain

It’s going to rain all weekend, so let us stay indoors and let it rain. I’ll never get tired of the road home, it’s where I belong.

Penn debuted this song nearly a year ago (along with his band) in the Teatrino Promenade in Greenhills for the album’s fundraising gig, telling us that the song was inspired by the rains of Intramuros whenever Intramuros Rising happens on the weekend. We were braving the uncharted during that time last year as well. Now, it’s Saturday, and it’s raining outside as of this writing. There’s coffee on the table, and the chill wind makes for perfect company. The best thing anyone can do about rain is to let it rain. Stay safe.

  1. Two Weeks

Don’t carry all the weight. Lean on my shoulder and hear me, ‘cause I see a river mist rolling by. Old boats are leaving a new morning light.

For when you feel like leaving everything behind to yesterday, it’s okay do so. A new day rises for you to start over and do things that matter.

  1. Visiting a Zeppelin

Dying to see it slowly come my way. Only few people sitting there to stay. You look for me to take me home. Foolish lines, let’s fall in love.

Listening to it at first may seem like the track is pirate recorded, but there’s an interesting fact about Visiting a Zeppelin: it’s recorded live and on-the-spot at the Makati Museum using an old upright piano that’s possibly decades old. Penn said he would’ve recorded with a much better piano, but the feeling wouldn’t just be the same.

“The band really made it tasty. The band knew who I was, and it was them who made the songs come to life.”

THE VERDICT

Right from the get-go when Ian Penn debuted his band in Teatrino last year, we knew he would be a different monster. His dynamic with the band is just so organic in this record that it’s a step further—a wild abandon—from his Wild Abandon EP. “The band really made it tasty. The band knew who I was, and it was them who made the songs come to life,” he says. In addition, Penn expressed how, with the record being finished, he feels like he’s made an audio postcard of his travels, as it’s also thanks to the people he’s met and everything in between. We have no way of knowing, but one thing is certain, we’re waiting for what Ian Penn offers next with great anticipation.

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3 = Emotion (3/3)

3 = Storytelling/Lyrics (3/4)

3 = Music (3/3)

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9/10

Stream this beautiful LP now.

-RS

Braving the uncharted in search of the great blue sky

Our march back home to Intramuros is at a halt. For the past months since the unfortunate postponement of Intramuros Rising V: Open City, we have found refuge outside the walls through various projects we were fortunate to be a part of. As we are nearing our return, allow us to stage one final push before we get back and continue what we have started in Intramuros.

BEYOND THE WALLS is a series of shows made possible by the MUSIC MUSEUM GROUP, INC. The show we made for the Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) under the Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino celebration last July 2016 led to the group’s invitation of having us back, this time to stage a show for two nights.

The first leg takes place on September 30, 2016 and we’re calling it BEYOND THE WALLS… IN SEARCH OF THE GREAT BLUE SKY. The show will be a fundraising for our good friend and Intramuros Rising alumnus, Ian Penn, to raise money for the production of his 2nd album—and also for the unveiling of his band. We’ve always believed in Ian and we are ready to venture beyond the walls for him! Joining us for the night are Ourselves The Elves, The SunManager, and Dragonfly Collector.

On the 14th of October 2016, we return for another showcasing fielded by select best-of-the-bests alumni and pure homegrown acts of Intramuros Rising. Solo post-rock act Endless Noise, math-rock quartet Shutter LIFE, pop-punk act False Contender, alternative rock Soil & Green, and synthpop/electro-rock Brisom are slated to perform longer-and-different-than-usual sets in BEYOND THE WALLS… BRAVING THE UNCHARTED.

Tickets are available for only P300 for each show; you may purchase yours by clicking here: bit.ly/BTW-Tickets. Special discount on FOOD and BEVERAGES at the venue will be available on the show dates!

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It is frightening to explore what lies ahead beyond the Walls but there’s no harm in trying if we have you on our side–through thick and thin.

One last push and we’re going home. See you!

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INTRAMUROS RISING 3: OPM Weekend

The official #IntramurosRising3 poster by Kate Quebrar, with illustrations from Ivan Cocjin.

The official #IntramurosRising3 poster by Kate Quebrar, with illustrations from Ivan Cocjin.


Intramuros to commemorate OPM through arts and music festival

Write-up by Kenno Nishioka

The Walled City is set to celebrate Original Pinoy Music (OPM) in another installment of arts, music, and poetry on Intramuros Rising 3 on July 25, 2015, Saturday, at Plaza Moriones, Fort Santiago.

Headlining Intramuros Rising 3 are fast-rising indie synthpop band Autotelic, Lilystars Records’ folk artist Ian Penn, classic rock and roll band Demi from Paranaque, and indie band Death by Elephant from UST.

ILVSTRADOS aims to showcase the various emerging arts alive in the scene that fellow Filipinos can take pride in. These include independent music and spoken word poetry.

KEEPING OPM ALIVE
Despite the multitude of foreign musical acts that have landed on Philippine shores the past six months, ILVSTRADOS always remains relevant: Intramuros Rising 3 is set during the last week of July — Original Pinoy Music (OPM) Week.

The OPM Week is celebrated in accordance with Proclamation 933 s. 2014.

“We want to be relevant as possible. We will join the celebration of OPM through Intramuros Rising, by showcasing both our homegrown talents and guests,” said Jeremy Lopez, head honcho of the arts festival.

THE LINE-UP
Along with Autotelic, Ian Penn, Demi, and Death by Elephant are bands that are loud and proud of their Intramuros roots. Bands hailing from Mapua Institute of Technology include synthpop act Caffeine and Taurine, female-fronted math-rock band Run Dorothy, and math-rock band Shutter Life.

Lyceum of the Philippines University’s very own post-punk band Motto Stella and pop-punk band Oceandrive will also be on stage during the festival. Joining them are Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila’s acoustic soloist Janica De Castro and Pinoy rock band Oswald Sleeps Tonight.

Capping off the Intramuros lineup is shoegaze band A Series of Fractions, a band made up of yuppies from Intramuros. Pop-punk band Angelicus (Paranaque), Banna Harbera (DLSU/CSB), and The Geeks (Quezon City) round off the line-up for Intramuros Rising 3.

On top of all the bands, more hugot lines will be served by two spoken word poetry groups: Words Anonymous and White Wall Poetry. These amazing poets will have a separate stage all for themselves! Live mural painting will also be done by two guest mural artists: Mr. S and Weirdworld. The mural is to be used as a photo booth.

UPDATE: HALIK NI GRINGO WILL ALSO BE A PART OF INTRAMUROS RISING 3.

SERENDIPITY AT ITS FINEST
The venue for the third installment of Intramuros Rising was discovered by accident.

Lopez, just wanting to find some peace from the hustle and bustle of life, took a walk in Fort Santiago. Little did he know that he’d bump into the beauty that is Plaza Moriones.  The plaza, as Lopez narrates, is a beauty, with its grassy flooring, trees, and lanterns. It’s definitely a sight to behold at night.

There are also decent nearby comfort rooms inside the venue. The Manila Collectible, a souvenir store in Intramuros and ILVSTRADOS’ tent provider, recently moved to Fort Santiago. “Mounting and unmounting the tents will no longer be difficult for us. There’s also a holding area available. It’s as if the venue was perfectly designed for Intramuros Rising,” Lopez said.

THE ROAD TO INTRAMUROS RISING 3
ILVSTRADOS has taken efforts into exposing Intramuros bands outside the walls.

In fact, the first leg of the Road to Intramuros Rising 3 was held at the saGuijo last May 5. “We were able to fill the venue on a Tuesday night!” Lopez expresses enthusiastically, as this is the first time the team has brought the bands into the iconic venue.

ILVSTRADOS also had its second leg at the Maestranza Plaza, Intramuros last May 17. There are two more legs leading to the main event: Route 196 on June 12, and at Sev’s Cafe on July 4.

“It’s a good year for ILVSTRADOS. Nakakatuwa lang din na may mga students na nagsabi samin na dahil sa ILVSTRADOS, napadpad sila sa saGuijo,” Lopez said.

UPDATE: ALL FUNDRAISING GIGS HAVE BEEN CONCLUDED; EACH LEG WAS A SUCCESS.

FUTURE PLANS
ILVSTRADOS is planning on a Homecoming theme, a reunion of select Intramuros I and II bands, to be held on December.

The effect of Intramuros Rising is starting to create waves in and out of the walls. “To be able to create a ripple in this big sea of communities and organizations that are dedicated to empower the local music industry, we are humbled,” Lopez shared.

Celebrate OPM Week by supporting music and the arts. Intramuros Rising is set to happen on July 25, 2015, Saturday, at Plaza Moriones, Fort Santiago. Show starts at 4PM. Tickets are on sale at an early bird rate of P150 each until July 20. Student-discounted tickets are also available for P100 until July 4 only. Regular ticket prices are at P250 starting July 21. You may contact Roy Salamat and/or Michael Bob Santos at 0915 103 6634 / 0917 329 9389 for tickets.

The uprising is presented by SMART BRO, ILVSTRADOS and LYRIC, with the Intramuros Administration and Viva Manila as major sponsors.