Comebacking OPM heroes Orange & Lemons recently hosted a listening party exclusive for the pledgers of their updated debut album Love in the Land of Rubber Shoes and Dirty Ice Cream, and FHM was lucky enough to get an invite.
Re-recording their initial offering was instrumental in the band's reformation, in time for their 15th anniversary. Drummer Ace del Mundo said in O&L's FHM February Hero feature, "Nag-iba lang yung ihip ng hangin. Tumutugtog na kami ngayon sa labas," to which frontman Clem Castro joked, "Nag-align yung stars and schedules, ha ha!"
We were able to catch up with Clem during the intimate event. About the milestone project, he explained, "Now, we are our own producers, so we made it a point that what we wanted to achieve comes out in the output. We wanted it to be at par with foreign counterparts. Our sound engineer, he spent like a day listening to The Smiths... So far, so good."
The man was also gracious enough to grab a few beers with us and share the backstories of the more popular hits from the first record.
'Just Like A Splendid Love Song'
"(I just want a) psychedelic love song. With a hint of the Sundays, the guitars of Johnny Marr, and total collaboration with (former bandmate) Mcoy (Fundales). The idea of feeling and loving, like if you tell me a story about your experience and it inspires me, I might write about it. But there's no conscious effort to make it all about love. Most of the Beatles' early songs are about love and relationship. So when I started writing in high school, that was my orientation."
'Beginning of Something Wonderful'
"The whole chorus line was from an ex's greeting card. I wrote a song about it. We just lasted for three months. So when we broke up, I stopped writing, ha ha! I'm an optimist, that's why. I want to remember and write about the good stuff."
"Suprisingly, it stood out. Because in the first recording (that wasn't the case). But this time, I think it became the obvious promotional single. It's very OPM, at the same time, the elements of guitars and arrangement (were somewhat foreign-sounding), but you could pinpoint somewhere that this is Pinoy... And every album—it's designed—we only release two songs in Tagalog."
Watch out for the launch of the updated Love In The Land Of Rubber Shoes And Dirty Ice Cream in the coming months