REVIEW: Prank Sinatra – “The F Defect” (2005)

By Francis Cabal

F Defect

Prank Sinatra’s “The F Defect” is the record that got me into the band way back in the day. It’s also Prank Sinatra’s debut record, and as far as debuts go, “The F Defect” definitely busted the doors wide open. It was in the middle of the 2000s, I was in my first band ever with my high school friends, and then I saw the video for “Hit The D Chord” on TV. I was able to track down “The F Defect” and it changed my perception of what you can do musically in the country. Continue reading

REVIEW: Prank Sinatra – “The Peel Sessions” (2008)

Prank Sinatra Peel

We’ve already reviewed Prank Sinatra’s latest record, so now we’ll be taking a look back at the rest of Iman Leonardo and company’s discography. Today, we’ll be focusing on Prank Sinatra’s third release called “The Peel Sessions”.  A lot has already been said about Leonardo’s knack for writing pop songs with off-kilter arrangements. And it’s all the more evident in the songs that make up “The Peel Sessions”. Continue reading

REVIEW: Prank Sinatra – “Get Outta My Way” (2015)

By Francis Cabal

Sinatra My Way

I have no idea what goes on in Iman Leonardo’s head. There’s something about his songs that are weird and off-kilter, but still come off as familiar. In Prank Sinatra’s world, catchy pop songs are deconstructed, broken, messed up, but are beautiful nonetheless. It’s all the more evident in the band’s latest record, “Get Outta My Way”. It’s a modern day Filipino psychedelic pop masterpiece, which is why I gravitated to the record right away.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Pastilan Dong! – “Every Step Is Backward” (2015)

By Francis Cabal

Every Step Pastilan

In my review of Pastilan Dong!’s debut album, I called their experiments in repetition and noise a challenging listen that is still worth your while. For the band’s second release, they toned down the experimentation for a more cohesive and melodic set of songs that owes a lot more to indie rock than the previous record. And while I say that “Every Step Is Backward” is a much more melodic record, it doesn’t mean that the record lacks any balls. In fact, the record opens with a blast of energy with the noise rock-meets-neo-psychedelia of “Tantrum”. Right from the get-go, this is a record that goes right for my heart with its fuzzy guitars and catchy melodies.

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REVIEW: Pastilan Dong! – “Pastilan Dong!” (2014)

By Francis Cabal

Pastilan Dong Self-Titled

Pastilan Dong! is a noise band at its core. Which is why opening their record with an 18-minute noise track makes perfect sense. “Serenity Call”, with its white noise and guitar feedback, weeds out casual listeners from those who are in it for the long haul. It’s a brave choice, because it’s the kind of thing that comes off as alienating when done by a lesser band. However, Pastilan Dong! has a few tricks up their sleeves. Those who stick around will be rewarded by the sheer beauty of the second track, “Bell Spell”. It’s a droning and meditative piece, and is an example of the band’s penchant for combining deafening noise with beautiful melodies.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Small Hands – “Wet Dog” EP (2015)

By Francis Cabal

Small Hands Wet DogSmall Hands’ debut EP, “Wet Dog”, is short but sweet. In fact, it’s the most fun I’ve had with a record recently. “Wet Dog” opens with the one-minute long instrumental track, “Propagandog”. It’s a short blast of energy that perfectly sets the tone as to how the record sounds like. Fast drums, loud guitars, and pure unabashed energy. “Propagandog” is followed by the catchy “Clasped Hands, Timid Hearts”. It has boy/girl vocals, fist-pump-worthy riffs, and sing-along choruses that bring to mind bands like Lemuria, The Anniversary, among others. And before I forget, it has a trumpet part! For the record, trumpet parts are awesome.

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REVIEW: #100YearsOfSadness – “Post-Love” EP (2014)

Post Love EP

“Post-Love” is the debut release from alternative RnB act #100YearsOfSadness. Based on the band’s name and the EP’s title, you might probably have some idea what the release is all about. It’s all gloomy downtempo RnB through and through, with hints of hip-hop and electronica. You won’t find any club bangers here, unless you’re one of those people who go to clubs to sulk. “Post-Love” is best listened to at home at 3 in the morning and with a bottle of wine or hard liquor on hand.

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