"Kung iiwanan natin ang mundo
Sa atin ang sa akin at sa’yo
At tulad lang ng dati
Wala nang masasabi
Pakikinggan ba tayo ng mundo?
Pagbibigyan ba tayo ng mundo?"
So goes the first chorus of "Hakbang", Cheats' first single on the first major label they signed up with, Island Records Philippines. Musically, the song sounds like a modern indie transposition of Cinderella while lyrically it poignantly captures the urgency that comes with feeling helpless in isolation.
The music video directed by Quark Henares was a bizarre telling of a close call nervous breakdown.
Crossing over to the mainstream is often a losing proposition for steadfast and uncompromising indie acts, but if there's one band who's gonna have a helluva lot of fun trying and maybe has a sliver of a chance to pull it off, it's Cheats.