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Ang Bandang Shirley - Tama Na Ang Drama

by Ang Bandang Shirley

350.00 / Sold Out


“While loads of acts make heartbreak their business, their cup of tea, their thesis, nobody translates it better than Ang Bandang Shirley does: with an intelligent straightforwardness, but a straightforwardness nonetheless, a wear-it-on-your-sleeve audacity first hinted at in Themesongs, and now, four or so years later, in Tama Na ang Drama. What promises to be laid bare in this release, moreover, is their range. Whereas their previous release mostly banked on the genius of [their then-chief songwriter], Drama presents a richer creative front, and could be seen as a White Album of sorts for the band. […] Though the band’s creative multiplicity shines, at the heart of Drama, nevertheless, is a monolithic tenderness. ‘It’s more accessible, but not in a bad way,’ Alvero hints of the new album. ‘Mas may purpose na ‘yung mga kanta. Shirley is for other people now,’ he adds, sharing that the band’s aims used to more inward, more narcissistic if you may, but that the resonance their still-young repertoire has on fans and friends alike is something they aren’t prepared to simply shrug off. Tama Na ang Drama was helmed by prize-winning producer Jerome Velasco, whose influence on the record is palpable, and Love One Another’s Joey Santos, who remains ace in the studio, building on a creative relationship with the band first forged in Themesongs. […] The short of it is, in dodging drama, it is drama that inadvertently ensues, right? Well, I think so. Don’t take my word for it, though. Find out for yourselves; get the record when it comes out.”

— Aldus Santos
Editor, Pinoytuner.com; author, Repeat While Fading: Pinoy Rock Biographs