May 16, 2019
“O, bakit ba kailangan pang umalis? Pakiusap lang na wag ka nang lumihis. Tayo’y mag-usap, teka lang, ika’y huminto. ‘Wag mo kong iwan, aayusin natin ‘to. Ang daling sabihin na ayaw mo na pero pinag-isipan mo ba?”
Through these lyrics, This Band’s single is simply all over. From being used as a singing contest piece to videokes, to artists singing it in variety shows, and even appeared as a soundtrack in the viral “Dante Gulapa Challenge,” no one could deny that “Kahit Ayaw Mo Na” is indeed a hit.
In terms of song popularity, This Band hands down tops the Class of 2019. With over 192 million-plus streams to their hit Kahit Ayaw Mo Na the band already posted phenomenal numbers that easily trump the numbers of any current hit on radio today.
The Las Piñas-based group — which includes singer Andrea Manzano, guitarists Euwie Loria and Raymart Gubat, bassist Miccael Galvan, drummer John Macaranas and keyboardist Melvin Carson — is definitely enjoying their time as band of the moment and have already achieved much considering they’re veritable newbies in the scene.
Their most recent accomplishment was topping the Apple Music charts for several weeks with Kahit Ayaw Mo Na, while said track remained a hot number on several Spotify charts that includes the popular Philippines Viral 50 and Philippines Top 50. Alongside this feat, the song is now a staple at top FM stations around Metro Manila.
No one-hit wonder, several of their tracks have also become streaming favorites. This includes Hindi Na Nga, which itself has over 25 million combined streams on YouTube alone.
This Band already made the rounds of several key TV appearances that verified their popularity as shows like “ASAP Natin ’to,” “Studio 7,” and even “Wowowin” looked to have the hottest new local group in the scene today in their show.
And now, all ears are on their latest single release titled Di Na Babalik.Written by chief tunesmith Euwie Von Loria, the latest single is about the stark realization that love no longer resides in a relationship.
Call it soppy, but their fans, which are mostly millenials, and are the type prone to “hugot” statuses on social media, are loving the new song. Listeners have also a sweet spot for band vocalist Manzano, who’s a veritable voice of heartbreak in the song. And in her, the latest tune becomes an anthem of heartbreak and regret. And while their themes are all about breaking hearts, This Band is a tight pop rock band that can deliver killer power ballads.
This early in their career, one thing has become apparent. This Band has already found their sound. And it’s a sound that listeners will keep getting back and the more singles they release, the more.
Since its release last February, the song’s official music video and several lyric videos have now amassed over 16 million streams on YouTube.
“We are so grateful for the streams and the feedback we have been receiving from the song Kahit Ayaw Mo Na and even our follow-up single Hindi Na Nga,” Manzano said. “We are also excited for our latest single Di Na Babalik as we are sure so many people can relate to the song like our previous singles. We hope you continue to support new bands like us and OPM as well.”
Another OPM act making waves digitally is the trio of Delantar sisters called Tres Hermanas.
Composed of Liselle Delantar-Flipphi, Marianne Delantar-Joson and Cristina Natividad Delantar, their first significant digital milestone was gaining 171,000 monthly listeners and reaching more than 1 million streams from just two of their released tracks on Spotify. This led to releasing more tracks to show-off their fresh take on other contemporary, indie and standard covers.
As professional event singers, Tres Hermanas offers a diverse acoustic repertoire to suit specific music tastes while adding a memorable charm to the celebration.
Their most streamed or highly requested song to date is their rendition of “You First Believed” (originally sung by Hoku). Tres Hermanas revived this early 2000s indie favorite and made it sound like their own by adding layers of harmonies seamlessly resonating throughout the song.
Their latest cover track, “Say You Won’t Let Go” (a James Arthur hit) has just been featured in Spotify’s New Music Friday and Pinoy Covers playlists along with other local artists.
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