One Click Straight, synth pop/candy pop band (note: they also claim to be Asia’s finest softboi candy pop band), has released their first EP under Island Records, entitled, "S.S.H." which is short for "Sumaya, Sumigaw, Huminga."
For the members -- brothers Toffer Marquez (vocalist, bassist), Sam Marquez (guitarist, songwriter), and Tim Marquez (drummer, songwriter), and Joel Cartera (guitarist, percussionist), producing an album during a pandemic meant they had limited gear and equipment, and also meant that they had to throw the “rules” of their usual creative process out of the window. This however, allowed them to be more daring and push their personal boundaries as musicians and songwriters.
“Rock and roll, bahala na. We were thinking let's just write songs the way we want and the way we can. We didn’t have a studio, we didn’t have much gear here at home. [It’s the] complete opposite of what we were doing before.” Sam Marquez talks about the carrier single. "Tim thought of the ‘S.S.H.’ song and that was the cherry on top to deliver the whole message of what we're trying to do."
"One of the things that I want people to remember about the EP is that it's a statement coming from a hopeless situation, but with a hopeful heart." Tim Marquez says. “It's a hopeful outlook for the future as much as our lyrics are about missing someone, [whether] they passed away or something, and [about] frustration and anxiety.”
The EP has two more tracks -- ‘Wag Natin Sayangin,’ and ‘Minsan (Palagi).’
The band used the occasion of this latest release to showcase their talents in the visual arts -- from the album cover, to the music video for ‘S.S.H.’ Directed by Simon Te, to an accompanying website, "Alone, but Not Lonely," which displays art that One Click Straight has found inspirational while making their EP. The website will also host the documented process of how the band conceptualized and created the EP.
With the artistic mix of raw, honest music and digital visual art, S.S.H. is not just a treat to Nostalgics and all the other listeners the band has. The new EP is also One Click Straight’s reminder to everyone who needs to stay at home that despite the trying times, we can find hope, support, comfort and most especially joy in each other.Cna
About One Click Straight
While heavily influenced by their alternative rock and metal rock roots, One Click Straight has always been a reflection of the four members’ authenticity and passion, shown through their experimental yet honest music and lyrics.
The band was officially founded in 2014, its four members have been making music long before then. With three among them being brothers and all of them close childhood friends, they explored their love of music together while growing up, from learning classical piano from the same teacher to discovering other instruments like drums and guitars.
In 2015, they joined and won The Yellow Room Battle of the Bands (Year One). Under the same label, OCS released Nostalgic, their first EP that features a single of the same title. In later years, the title would be adapted and used to refer to the band’s official street team.
One Click Straight launched their debut album The Midnight Emotion in October 2018 under Offshore Music. In 2019, the band represented the Philippines in the Music Matters festival in Singapore.
After releasing their first full-length album, the band started writing songs in Filipino. In January 2020, One Click Straight released their first all-Tagalog EP: Harana Coma. The EP featured two well-received singles. ‘Manila,’ the first single in the vernacular the band has ever dropped, aired on the MYX Pinoy Countdown for 6 weeks straight and was #2 in Jam 88.3’s Top 10. On the other hand, ‘Paraiso’ made its way into the #5 spot at the Apple Music Top 200 alternative chart in.