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Friday, December 17, 2021

The Itchyworms drops second batch of songs under Yuletide album

12/11/2021 10:26:04 PM

The Itchyworms continues to make music even with 25 years already under their name. And as part of this milestone, the celebrated pop-rock act has released its set of songs under the holiday-themed album. 

Capturing the spirit of Pinoy Christmas with songs that will surely make its way into classic status, Christmas Starts When The Bers Begin contains two new tracks, Halo-Halo and Meri Xmas 2 U, and last year’s Have A Merry Christmas and Maligayang Pasko – all under Sony Music Philippines.

Written and produced by drummer and lead vocalist Jazz Nicolas, “Halo-Halo” is a festive reinforcement of the classic tradition with characteristically Pinoy sensibilities. It’s an upbeat tune that celebrates the Yuletide season in a way that feels home. He said the song serves as a  metaphorical reference to the various beliefs and traditions of Filipinos about Christmas. 
“There are people who believe in God, there are people who just shop, and there are people who consider it as a perfect time for receiving gifts. It all happens during Christmas, and it’s a magical feeling for everyone.”
Another new offering, “Meri Xmas 2 U” is a fun and sparkly reimagining of the Pinoy Christmas carols in one rocking shimmy treat. Complete with kundiman-charged guitars, raw percussions and tambourine sounds, and infectious vocal harmonies, the track pays tribute to the street caroling traditions in the country during the pre-pandemic times. 
“This is an ode to the kids who knock on doors to sing Christmas songs,” said lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jugs Jugueta. “They rarely have real instruments with them, but sometimes when they’re lucky, they bring acoustic guitars or makeshift tools. They use cans with stretched plastic on top for the ‘drums’ and flattened tansan as tambourines. While they don’t sing in perfect tune, the happy Christmas vibe that they bring is what gets you and tugs your heartstrings.”
“Meri Xmas 2 U” is written by Jugs Jugueta, and performed by the alt-rock band with their families and friends who sang and played makeshift instruments: Jug’s wife Andie, Chino’s brother Echo, Jazz’s brother Peavey and his fiancĂ© Antonette, and their road manager Gabs.

That's not all: the  2021 AWIT Awards Winner for Best Musical Arrangement is planning to add more songs every year to complete the Yuletide-themed album. This well-curated process gives them the opportunity to create music at their own pace, while giving casual listeners something to uplift their spirits before the year ends.
As Jugs put it, “It is an ever-growing Christmas album. We released two Christmas songs last year, then we added two more this year, and we plan on releasing more Christmas songs every year! And every time we add songs, we also add elements to the album cover. It’s now streaming on Spotify and other digital platforms, but once we have enough Christmas songs, we hope to release it as a physical album on vinyl.”

Christmas Starts When The Bers Begin is part of the band’s celebration of their 25th year in the Philippine music industry, which is highlights by the release of their original track Eto Na (Ang Maliligayang Araw) and the six-part series, Worms Upon A Time: An Itchyworms Podcast. 

Aside from that, Ithcyworms' 25th anniversary also saw them commencing with the vinyl pressing of their album, Waiting For The End To Start, which immediately sold out upon its release, the launch of “The Life I Know,” the first of its kind in the Philippine stop-motion animation music video, and the release of “Waiting For The End To Start” music video, which serves as an artistic take on the ‘dystopian future post-pandemic’ life in the Philippines. Capping this anniversary is a mockumentary that chronicles their 25 years in the music industry that is set to drop at the end of the year.

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