Words: Cris O. Ramos Jr.
Lions & Acrobats validated their place in the local indie music scene last week by topping Spotify’s Philippines Viral 50 Charts with their single “Cloud” and a massively successful album launch at Social House, Circuit Makati last Saturday (October 21). The independently-released album entitled Mundane is their sophomore effort after Points and Perspectives, and is a much more disciplined and poised outing recorded with producer Nick Lazaro (Moonwlk, Twin Lobster) at La Balls Recording Studio, Makati.
The band delivered a show like no ordinary bar gig, and it was filled with fans and well-wishers who have been anticipating the album release for a very long time. The launch opened with math-rock band Run Dorothy and long-time buddies Runway Crimes. Then Lions and Acrobats played Mundane in its entirety, exhibiting the band’s well-nuanced amalgamation of math-rock, pop, and alt-soul musical influences. Red Ninja Productions pulled off an impressive production, from the fantastic sound quality engineered by April Hernandez (TheSunManager) to the individual song visuals on the LED screen of cool food photos representing every track. The choices for the latter were mostly inspired by the homemade food favorites from the band members’ respective homes, particularly Icoy’s. The band closed the night with a glorious performance of “Cloud”, which had the entire crowd loudly singing along.
In the press conference leading up to the launch, Icoy talked about the cult hit song of the moment: “I wrote the lyrics to this song way back 2012 with someone else, tapos it wasn’t originally written for Lions…The lyrics were just in my notebook. When we started writing for this album around late 2014-2015, I told the guys about this thing I wrote a
long time ago. Feeling ko okay naman, so I presented sa band. Then it came out accidentally in a gig, (because initially it wasn’t intended to be performed with a full band) and initially ayaw ni Pedro ng song.”
While the band may be taking it easy and one day at a time to keep the enthusiasm for their music while doing the balancing act with real world realities, Lions & Acrobats should have more scintillating stunts up their sleeve with their recent bursts of success.