Last August 6, Maude drew in the southern crowd for the release of their new music video “Habol” at 19 East in Parañaque. Supporting the pop-rock band were Terno labelmates Lenses, Giniling Festival, and Up Dharma Down along with Fuguwi Collective, the production house behind the music video, showing their support from the balcony of the premier bar.
With the crowd hot and excited over the “Habol” video and the fresh release of Pokémon Go, the night couldn’t have started any better. Lenses opened the show, setting the mood right for the evening with their jazzy riffs and excellent horn section. Formerly known as Hidden Nikki, Lenses carried on with the crowd favorite “Aminin Mo Naman” before unleashing “Patungo Sa’yo,” a new song about false hopes off their upcoming record, currently in the works.
There’s never a dull moment whenever Giniling Festival take on the stage. They brought on the laughs as they always do, pulling joke after joke in between songs. “Yung next song na ‘to—para sa mga kaibigan mong sarap batukan,” vocalist Jeje Santos said, introducing “SKB?” from their latest album A La Hoy. They then slowed things down with their The Voice version of the hilarious “Letter to Angelina” before heading back outside to catch more Pokémon.
Anticipation for the video’s debut ramped up as Maude began setting up onstage. The 3-piece band stood before a full house that evening, and the impact they had on the crowd stretched out to the very doors of 19 East. They started their set with “Cloud Nine,” a song written for those moments when “you see your ex and you want to kill them,” said vocalist Luis Azcona, triggering more laughter from the already pumped up crowd.
The “Habol” video was projected in the middle of their set, showing Azcona with bassist Glenn Calingasan and drummer Dane Policarpio walking up Ilang Ilang Street in Binondo, Manila as they caught the lyrics of the song written on sheets of paper. The video, which was actually shot with them walking backwards and reversed in post-production, is one that Azcona hopes would contribute to the art of producing music videos.
“Habol” is the third track on Maude’s 2014 record Pelota Court.
Technical difficulties dragged Up Dharma Down’s set up time to almost an hour, but the audience remained patient. “Sana” was at the top of the band’s setlist for the evening, just before frontwoman Armi Millare admitted to wishing they’d written Maude’s “Habol.” It was already well into the night when they played their hits “Tadhana” and “Oo,” and to their surprise, the audience didn’t budge from their seats, stressing that at mall shows, people usually leave after those two songs. As one of the biggest local acts today, Up Dharma Down truly delivered the full experience and capped the night off with a medley of “Turn It Well” and “Sigurado;” the latter is from their upcoming fourth studio album.
And as the crowd stepped out to take selfies with the bands that took that stage that night (and to catch more Pokémon in the parking lot), Maude looks forward to continue working on their next album, their popular podcast series Maudecast, and possibly move on to the next music video. There is a lot in store, and Azcona is sure it’s more than enough to keep Maude City well fed.