“Hanggang kunwari na lang ba ako aasa?”

“Kunwari” by Sponge Cola | In a rush to seem cool (and, perhaps, to constantly prove that Filipino music is not dead) we do forget about the bands that are chugging along, playing music to an audience we don’t really want to associate ourselves with. Yes, that’s how serious this entry is going to sound. We’ve got a mixed history with Sponge Cola: I liked the band in their early days, but I’m a bit uncomfortable with their complacency these days. But, still, when they do good, they do good. Well, it’s evident in how they’re still getting radio hits. I’m not fond of “Tempura”, but it’s a matter of taste, that. “Kunwari” is a song I enjoyed, and I was reminded of that last week when, on a short errand run, I ditched the iPhone and played Win Radio instead. (Nice to hear the things we overlook because of the bubble we’re apparently in.) It’s in that line of steady pop-rock tracks that does the work and quietly gets you. Also, it’s nice to be reminded of how nice Yael Yuzon’s growl is, especially when it’s the high point of the song. [NB]

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