Words by Cris O. Ramos, Jr.

Longtime indie band Lions & Acrobats will launch their much-anticipated second album Mundane this Saturday (October 21) at The Social House, Circuit Makati. The band comprises Icoy Rapadas (lead vocals), Ling Lava (guitar), Jim Lopez (guitar and sax on a couple of tracks in Mundane), Andrew Son (guitar), Oteph Tumambing (bass) and Pedro Ferrer (drums, who’ll be playing with the band for the very last time tomorrow).

The band held a listening party at Frank & Dean days before the date of the launch. According to Rapadas: “Our album, when we started making it, we aimed for a sound that’s different from the first album. ‘Yung arrangement, we didn’t want it to be na kasing-gulo ng first one. We wanted to have more focus on the message we were trying to make.”

Mundane is definitely a lighter and less layered album than its predecessor Points and Perspectives. It lives up to the less-is-more ethos, moves at a breezy and brisk pace, and has well-nuanced math rock and soul influences. The album was recorded at La Balls Studio with producer Nick Lazaro (whose credits include Oh, Flamingo!, Carousel Casualties, Ourselves the Elves, and BP Valenzuela, among others).

As the track by track annotation during the listening party went on, a recurring theme that kept popping out was the difficulty that came with balancing their musical aspirations with the rigors that come with album life. One thing is clear though: they are ready for the long haul. And they should be, their current single “Cloud” is reaching the Viral Top 50 charts on Spotify and the online fan anticipation for the upcoming launch is at a fever high.