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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Playback: CHEATS (ALBUM)

1/10/2016 2:02:06 PM

Long before I get acquainted into their music. All I then-knew was CHEATS was one of the reasons why the Philippine music here in the country was very much alive. And I’m not talking about how wild their usual sets are. Also, forget the stereotyping of mainstream and underground thingamajigs.

Last July, they formally launched their self-titled album at SaGuijo. And fair enough, nearly half of their released singles became part of the record. 

The price (Php 400) comes with that unconventional package a la pizza box. But the specialty -- which are the ten tracks in the album -- proved them moreover. It’s not just another Locked Down Entertainment product (known for having a very different set-up products such as their albums).

So that perhaps was the reason why this band, comprised of seven including Candy Gamos (FRILLS), Saab Magalona and her husband Jim Bacarro, were the real deal in the scene. No wonder they are headlining Laneway Festival at Singapore later this year!

Their album already said it best. Their lyrical artform (which may sound shorter on their auditory craft but compliments so well), the mixture (much cleaner than their earlier released singles version), perhaps Ely Buendia was a huge help in producing this record at all. There are times I would wonder if this a resemblance of his guitarwork at Pupil or something.

But no. Quite different. And their rock signature can be more popular without the aid of being pop. That alone may be enough basis to own CHEATS and tag them as the best (if not one of the best) albums of OPM for the past year.


Verdict: 9

Author: slickmaster | © 2016 september twenty-eight productions

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