“IT IS THAT FEELING WHEN THERE’S A WALL OF PEOPLE IN FRONT OF YOU SINGING ALONG TO YOUR SONGS. IT’S PRICELESS.”
“And that’s not even an online persona.” Larry, who also happens to be Tin’s boyfriend, says. “She’s really like that.” It does not require a genius to know this. All the images I have ever had of Tin in my head on and off the Internet is of a woman who knows how to carry herself, knows when to be severe and knows when to be humble, knows self-respect and lives with it, a person at once a woman and a girl with big dreams, big hopes. Her popularity proved to be a blessing: one of the first listeners of the band are Tin’s followers. “Yung mga nagbabasa ng blog ko, yung mga nag fo-follow sakin sa Twitter, talagang sila yung nagpapakalat ng EP namin. So kahit yung mga tao’ng hindi naming kilala, nakikilala kami.” She says. Attraction! Reaction! at Route 196 was the band’s many firsts: it was their first paying gig, first weekend gig, and not unlike many firsts, it was their best gig. “It is that feeling when there’s a wall of people in front of you singing along to your songs. It’s priceless.” Paeng adds. I ask if the money they were paid has anything to do with its being their best gig; it is not. “That’s only secondary,” says Larry. This is not surprising: they are almost eight months into the music scene and they have not been getting paid for their gigs. For a group of people who have professional lives outside of their band, it takes real passion and commitment to last as long as they have without any such help. There have been many things in life that I have come to disbelieve. I, for one, no longer believe that most people are good. I also do not believe anymore that salvation lies exclusively into one religion. But I still believe in the totem power of hard work, and I still believe that diligence merits great rewards. The band knows this by heart.
RomCom’s EP, “It’s Tight Like Prom Night,” is five-song record heavily influenced by the bands in the 90’s (Goo Goo Dolls, Garbage, Gin Blossoms), the premise of which celebrates the beauty of youth, of being young. The beauty of first love, first heartbreak, “lahat ng drama mo when it comes to your first relationship.” This is a concept that should not be unfamiliar to most every body; after all, we have seen some of the many films patterned after this very premise. I suspect that the band had anything to do with the fact that the boy-meets-girl formula inexorably became their very sensibility; the very story they want to embody in their music became the very story the band, whether or not they know it, came to live. There are of course many variations to this formula. Some variables taken out and some are added, making that proverbial road a winding path: boy meets girl, girl does not like boy, boy chases girl, girl falls in love with another boy—a quintessential John Lloyd film, and as it happens, one of the band’s very big dreams now is for their music to go towards that direction, for their songs to be part of a John Lloyd film soundtrack. But however long and winding that road may be, however complex and confusing the variables are, the constants remain the same: boy meets girl, and eventually, boy gets girl, and I believe they already has the former covered. Deus ex machina or otherwise, it is only a matter of time before the band gets their girl; they have to, and I do not doubt they will. At the end of the day, I just want them to succeed. http://romcomph.bandcamp.com/ http://romcomband.tumblr.com/ http://www.facebook.com/RomComBand
Triple cover with The Strangeness, RomCom and Low Leaf. Long live OPM!