Sponge Cola has been in the local music scene for one and a half decade and just like the few acts associated to them (Parokya, Kamikazee, Chicosci, and the likes), the band has maintained the passion alive and kicking.
In an exclusive conversation with OneMusicPH, the band -- comprised of Yael Yuzon on vocals, Gosh Dilay on bass, Erwin Armovit on guitars, and Tmac Cruz on drums -- shared the factors that keep the fire burning.
"Technically, second year high school or baka nga college na 'yung band. We're not the youngest anymore, we're batchmates with Lebron James," said Yael. "We like where we are."
(The band is technically in second year high school or college)
"Nagugulat kami minsan, 'yung ibang bands -- 'yung new bands, indie bands, tinatawag kaming kuya," shared Tmac. "Samantalang dati, kami 'yung ganon." (We get surprised at times because the new bands, indie bands call us older brother, it was not long time ago that we were the ones in their places)
Yael shared: "Tingin ko kasi, meron kaming understanding of how society works, we actually know what's going on in the scene. I think that's one of the reasons why we're still around, aside from our music, we have awareness." (I think we have understanding of how society works, we actually know what's going on in the scene)
He cites being able to talk adapt to social media, as well as the band's One Music Live session on Tuesday, March 14 as examples.
"I mean we're not the kind of artists that will play music tapos 'yun na (then that's it), I think it's because we have a SocSci (social science) background," said Yael. "Maybe one of the factors is we studied, we didn't quit school."
Playing in a digital platform like OneMusicPH, the band says, is really different but it is now a need.
"The audience is there but it's not the physical audience. May weirdness pa rin but we welcome change naman so it's not really like a bad thing," Yael said. (There's weirdness but we welcome change)
The boys even shared: "Nakakaba [kasi] ang nakikita mo lang while playing, 'yung comments nila but it's good to see viewers/listeners who are out of the country, different time zones. Parang, 'Oh, miss ko na ang Pilipinas, thank you for playing this song.'"
(It's nerve-wracking because what we see are just their comments but it's good to see vieweres/listeners who are out of the country, different time zones. Like, 'Oh I miss the Philippines already, thank you for playing this song)
Another factor the band share is being friends with restrictions in a sense that they give each other space.
"We're friends but we give each other space. Hindi kami masyadong involved sa isa't-isa but hindi rin naman totally walang pakialam sa isa't-isa. I mean, if someone has a problem, we'll be there for him. It's a relationship started with a bunch of guys who just want to play music," told Sponge Cola, the band behind all time hits like "Jeepney," "KLSP," "Gemini," and "Bitiw." (We're friends but we give each other space. We are not that involved with each other but not totally insensitive)
Lastly, their solid fans.
"A giant giant thank you to them. Marami sa kanila, they're already been working, marami sa kanila, they already have kids. Alam naman natin iba ang sacrifice kapag magulang ka na and yet, some of them pupunta sa mga gigs kasama ang mga anak nila," Yael shared.
(Many of them, they're already been working, many of them they already have kids. We know that it's different when you're already a parent, some of them go to the gigs along with their children)
In the next three or five years, the band looks forward to "continue being happy and making people happy. Write music, record more songs, and play abroad more often."
In case you've missed, here's Sponge Cola's One Music Live session:
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