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Wallowing — Soil & Green prepares to ‘let go’ with debut LP

AN OVERVIEW

NO, THE BAND’S NOT BREAKING UP. Although sometimes in our lives, there comes a moment where we just find ourselves in the dark. And we might not even try to get out of there because it’s such a drag to deal with things. But we got to let go of all the things that are swelling up inside. We must keep moving forward, even if it means crawling out or pulling ourselves out of our dark days.

We knew Soil & Green from way back in 2014 as we were gearing up for the first-ever Intramuros Rising. The band hails from the Mapua Institute of Technology—now Mapua University—and to best describe their sound per our boys is “a mix of heavy riff-oriented guitar licks, ambient guitar layering, ear-gasmic basslines, odd ‘singing’ drum patterns, and powerful vocals.” Surely enough, if you’ve managed to catch them in any of their gigs in the past, their description rings loud and true. In addition, they say dynamic arrangement is key to their individuality and chemistry; with those elements altogether forged their identity as a band. Nonetheless, over time, the sun rises and sets.

From left to right, Soil & Green during Intramuros Rising 1 last August 2, 2014: Marvin Montero (bass), Jacob Oliva (guitars & vocals), and Lehmann Flores (guitars)

From left to right, Soil & Green during Intramuros Rising 1 last August 2, 2014: Marvin Montero (bass), Jacob Oliva (guitars & vocals), and Lehmann Flores (guitars)

A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT THE ALBUM

To give an idea as to what the album’s all about, we’ve managed to catch up with Soil & Green frontman Jacob Oliva and guitarist Lehmann Flores.

Could you tell us something about the whole album? What can we expect?

Jacob: ‘Wallowing’ defines Soil & Green as it is right now. All the songs from the previous release back in 2010 are included in this album, which says a lot about the genre of its track list. Why ‘Wallowing?’ As the definition of that word suggests, the theme of the whole album—from lyrics to music and arrangement—points to this: sadness without solution. If the album is the biography of a person, that person seems to enjoy the sadness he’s in, thus, wallowing in depression.

Lehmann: Almost 2 years in the making, tapos mostly experiences ni Jacob sa pag-ibig in general, pero nilaro yung words to make it [seem] na ibang bagay yung tinutukoy.

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The band is set to release their debut album on JUNE 10 at the saGuijo Bar + Café in Makati City, together with Talata, Saydie, Maryzark, False Apart, Kodigo, and their Indio Cartel brodies, Wasted Wendy. 200PHP gets you in with 1 FREE drink; 450PHP gets you in with all the goodies. (1 copy of ‘Wallowing’ + stickers + 1 FREE drink)

-RS

Wasted Wendy opening Dungeon Date.

MADE IN INTRAMUROS: Wasted Wendy

FOREWORD

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.

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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. (Fucking hilarious.)

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:

 

HISTORY

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 opening Dungeon Date.

 

AFTERWORD

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.

-J

ILVSTRADOS declares Intramuros an ‘Open City’

Four months after the successful 2-day Intramuros Rising 4: The Homecoming March, we are back for an ultraelectromagnetic INTRAMUROS RISING V: OPEN CITY happening on JULY 9, 2016 at the PUERTA REAL GARDENS, INTRAMUROS.

Albeit it’s going to be for one day only (like the preceding ones before IR-4), IR-V promises yet another distinct experience in the Walled City by embracing the event day’s forecasted weather of heavy rains by encouraging attendees to bring raincoats (raincoat party!) and fielding the line-up with acts that fit the mood of the night.

'Intramuros Rising V: Open City' official poster made by Markuss Javier of ILVSTRADOS.

‘Intramuros Rising V: Open City’ official poster made by Markuss Javier of ILVSTRADOS.

Headlining the festival will be indie folk stalwart, Clem Castro (Orange and Lemons, The Camerawalls) aka DRAGONFLY COLLECTOR and indie rock powerhouse, ANG BANDANG SHIRLEY. Still preserving our mission of showcasing Intramuros’ homegrown artists, solo post-rock act Marvin Chua aka ENDLESS NOISE, a resident of Intramuros, and Lyceum of the Philippines University-based rock band, EYEBEE, will be representing the Walled City in a line-up that is mostly fielded by acts from beyond the walls.

IR-V: OPEN CITY makes a bold move in introducing electronic music to its community by having MOONWLK, PARANOID CITY, and Cebu/Cagayan De Oro-based duo, KAAPIN in the line-up.  Joining them are LOBA Y LOBOS, THE SUBSPRING, RUNWAY HITS, WASTED WENDY, THE MODERN PLAYGROUND, CREATEURS, and BETWEEN ARCHERY AND OLYMPIC. Even if the line-up this time is made up mostly of outsider bands, we are maintaining the Intramuros Rising tradition and promise of introducing your newest favorite act/s in the music scene.

Additionally, IR-V takes a break in spoken word poetry by introducing newest attractions namely LPU-based theatre group, TANGHALANG BATINGAW, and solo stand-up comedian, MIGUEL PETINES. (These additional attractions came from the observation that the Intramuros Rising crowd is a listening crowd.)

For IR-V, we played around heavily with nostalgia: From the line-up down to the official look. Hence we settled with a strong homage to VOLTES V and to the lone letter V in our logo. This 5th installment may present an all-new line-up, but the experience is still the same, or maybe better.

Celebrate music and arts with us in Intramuros as we open our gates once again. Come to Intramuros. Give Intramuros a chance! Gates open by 3PM, show starts at exactly 4PM.

Book your tickets to Intramuros Rising V: Open City through this form: http://bit.ly/IRV-P1 or contact 0997 493 5900 for tickets.

-J

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DUNGEON DATE – A year-end special

Yes, we know. We promised to have Intramuros Rising 4: The Homecoming this December, but unfortunately, it’s not gonna happen. We decided to move it on February 2016 instead, just in time for the National Arts Month. And summer!

Of course, we do not want to end the year with just Intramuros Rising 3: OPM Weekend under our belt. Thus, in continuous partnership with the Intramuros Administration, we give you DUNGEON DATE: A Game of Thrones-themed (yes!!!) mini-concert happening this December 12, 2015 at the Maestranza Plaza, Intramuros.

OBJECTIVE

After our successful collaboration with Maynila Urban Design last May, we decided to explore more of Maestranza Plaza’s potential as a concert venue. While the plaza itself was used for so many occasions (Fete dela Musique, Muziklaban, etc.), the dungeons around the area are very much available to experiment on. (Remember Ian Penn’s Within The Walls episode?)

We would like to take our chances.

 

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THE LINE-UP AND THEME (One needs to be a GOT follower to get the references)

Inside the walls of Castle Intramuros resides the major house, HOUSE ILVSTRADOS (words: “Fortified.”; other words: “Distinguished and ever loyal city.”).  Under its helm are great houses namely, Caffeine and TaurineShutter LIFE (who made their ILVSTRADOS debut last Intramuros Rising 3), Sky Garden (back after a long break), and newly founded houses, Endless Noise and Wasted Wendy.

Visiting Castle Intramuros on the same night are major houses from beyond the wall namely, OH, FLAMINGO! and FOOLS AND FOES. To lead Castle Intramuros’ welcoming bannermen is BENNYBUNNYBAND (just in time for the anniversary of their Intramuros Rising 2 debut) who will be playing a long set together with the other two visiting houses.

Friends from White Wall Poetry will be performing alongside select student-poets from the recently held Students Night Out. They are tasked to collaborate and create a piece that revolves around the stories during the medieval era i.e. betrothed love that can never be contested, damsels in distress, the use of black magic, the absence of logic, etc.

SPECIAL UPDATE: ONE AND A HALF MEN STUDENT IMPROV GROUP WILL BE PROVIDING ADDITIONAL ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE NIGHT!!!

For one night, Intramuros will turn into its own Westeros. The Kingslanding of the National Capital Region. Admittedly, the theme is really eyebrow-raising, but rest assured the performers will come in the plaza wearing their medieval dresses–since the feel and look of the venue demanded for it!

But of course everyone is welcome to attend the feast, GoT or non-GoT fan. It’s still an ILVSTRADOS event, we’re just playing around with the things we have inside the walls. Let’s end the year strong! 🙂

TICKETS

Part of the event’s proceeds will go directly to the funding of INTRAMUROS RISING 4: THE HOMECOMING. Limited tickets are sold for only 200php at Sev’s Cafe. Contact 239 2327 to book yours and arrange for a pick-up. Students get to have 50% discount for the whole month of November. Walk-ins wearing costumes (or at least carrying banners [signages] that declare support to a house [band]) will get a 50% discount right at the gates. Call/text +63 915 103 6634 or +63 917 524 4673 for more inquiries.

Lower the bridge.
Raise the gates.
See you at the dungeons!

Come to Intramuros.
Give Intramuros a chance!

This event is in partnership with the Intramuros AdministrationLYRIC, Viva Manila, and Sev’s Cafe; with Amplify.ph, Vandals on the Walland Radio Republic as media partners.