"In love yata kami sa isa’t-isa," reveals Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda at the presscon for their new album, Middle-Aged Juvenile Pop Rockers.
This is their eighth record already, believe it.
Though there's obviously a bit of humor in that snippet, we can't help but feel he's saying the absolute truth.
The immensely popular outfit who brought us "Buloy," "Picha-pie," "Mister Suwabe," amongst a ton of hits has been at it since 1993.
While many of their contemporaries have broken up, these guys remain strong, owing it to talent, yes, and to humor, but mostly, to a strong friendship forged in childhood.
We're all the better for it because few bands today can brighten up our mood like the clever lyrics in a Parokya song.
And with the band's promise of a "return to basics" and songs containing "kuwentong barkada, kuwentong inuman, kuwentong pag-ibig" in Pop Rockers, it sounds like we're in for a jolly, fun time again.
We chat with Chito, and among other things, he reveals why they went for a old-school approach, and why he thinks the band has stuck for as long as it has.
On going back to the basics
Medyo na-miss ko ‘yung tunog ng mga banda nung 90s na medyo old-school. Kung napansin ninyo kahit ‘yung cover namin based sa Ninja Turtles.
Gusto namin kumbaga ibalibag ‘yung mga listeners back to the 90s kaya medyo back to the basics ‘yung songwriting. More of mga kuwento, kuwentong barkada, kuwentong inuman, kuwentong pag-ibig. Balik talaga sa roots. Kung ano ‘yung mga naririning niyo nung 90s, na sobrang part ng life niyo, ‘yun ‘yung sinubukan naming gawin.
On what made the '90s special
As a songwriter, sobrang gustong-gusto ko ‘yung pagiging raw ng tugtugan, na hindi sila based sa music but more on the lyrics, pati ‘yung mood.
Kung paano gumawa si Ely ng kanta, kung paano gumawa sila Rico Blanco nung nasa Rivermaya pa siya, and Siakol, The Youth, hindi sila nag-dwell sa technicalities or pagalingan ng banda. Mas nag-dwell kumbaga sa basic songwriting. Kumbaga sa suntukan, mano-mano lang, walang weapons.
On the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles album cover theme
The title came first ‘eh. We were choosing between "Francis Vincent Montaner: The Man, the Face, the Music featuring Parokya ni Edgar” and the current one. Tapos we just wanted to come up with a title na dine-describe kami kung ano kami ngayon, and we came up with this one.
Lahat kami middle-aged na, pero we still act like juveniles, and that’s what we do, we’re novelty pop rockers.
So parang sabi namin parang ninja turtles. We were just laughing about it with Kamikazee at some resort, about sa concept ng album. Tapos ‘yan na nga ang nangyari.
And like G.I. Joe, Transformers, and The Ghostbusters, part talaga ng childhood namin ‘yan.