The Pub Forties debuts with 'Road Rage'
It's never too late to start a career in the music biz. The four members of The Pub Forties know that and actually make use of the age factor to their advantage. They're no longer in their twenties as their name seems to suggest. They're media practitioners, short of saying they've come across issues, trends, and people. Thus, hardening their core all the more as they trek the musical landscape.
But truth be told, it's all fun for The Pub Forties, the fun of being not too young and not too old, the privilege of being experienced, but not laying low yet. They're right in the middle, aged to go for the right groove. They bring the news, they mingle with the newsworthy, and they can make and play music.
TPF members are Aries Espinosa (lead vocals), Yugel Losorata, (bass/back up vocals), Kap Maceda Aguila (drums), and Vincent Borromeo (guitars). They were formed late 2016 after Aries and Yugel decided they would record songs combining their singing and songwriting, respectively. They are colleagues who all have professional music work background to some extent.
Their first single, "Road Rage", an original released by Warner Music Philippines last March 24, is one that captures that fun in all sound and sentiment. It is driven, unapologetic, and unpretentious. It's melancholia embracing mayhem, it's rock popped.
"Road Rage" can now be heard via streaming, downloading, and sharing through digital platforms Spotify, iTunes, and Deezer.
The issue tackled in the song written by Yugel who is a music journalist is not really the crime committed by temperamental motorists, but by youngsters playing with fire and fate. It's about a couple eloping into the night and raging about it on the road.
Through the mix of crisp words and catchy melody, The Pub Forties are trying to help send back a young lady home. That's music for them, driving listeners out for a joy ride and bringing them back home to safety.
From the brooding opening guitar riff to the crashing final notes, Road Rage sounds like it's delivered by some European rock act or Filipino-Americans used to American way of life. But make no mistake, The Pub Forties are pure Pinoys, their names appearing as bylines in leading local broadsheets, their music knocking on the door of OPM with the intention of contributing to its progress. Their Pinoy sensibility is right there within the music.
The group just finished shooting the music video for Road Rage to be soon broadcast over MYX Music Channel and selected online and social media avenues. They have also finished recording their second single and followup to "Road Rage" called "Drive On."
* Live gig set list:
1. Road Rage
2. Drive On
1. Counting Blue Cars (dishwalla)
2. One I Love (REM)
3. We Can Work It Out (The Beatles)
4. Lovesong (The Cure)
5. A Horse With No Name (America)
6. With or Without You (U2)
7. Creep (Radiohead)
8. Man In The Mirror (Michael Jackson)
9. Every Time I See You (Fra Lippo Lippi)
10. Plush (Stone Temple Pilots)
11. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles)
12. Losing My Religion (REM)
13. Manila (Hotdog)
14. Lakas Tama (Siakol)