Archipelago’s Travel Advisory
By Angelique P. Manalad, Contributor
After 72 gigs, two number one singles and two music videos later, super band Archipelago finally launches its debut long-playing album Travel Advisory.
Composed of 14 songs, the CD talks about different kind of weather-the kind of musical storm dauntless music lovers welcome as a fresh breeze.
An amalgam of several highly acclaimed bands-Yan Yuzon and Wendell Garcia from Pupil; Chad Rialp from Liquid Jane and Tempestuous Jone and Pat Tirano from TOI and Monkeyspank-Archipelago fuses grunge, trip-hop, alternative and blues rock genres. Between them, the band members possess enough musical virtuosity and song writing creativity to launch more than a dozen chart toppers and rock classics. That’s exactly what they are poised to do with Travel Advisory.
Archipelago has been thrice nominated in the 2009 Asia Voice Independent Music Awards based in Malaysia. Their first single ÒMRIÓ is nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Moody-Melancholic Masterpiece, while its video became nominated for Most Mind-Blowing Music Video.
Most of the tracks in the album are positively infectious and guarantee a case of LSS (last song syndrome). The opening track and current single “Black Box” premiered not only in Manila but also on Hot 100.7 FM in Athens, Georgia and United States on September 1. It features an intricate musical arrangement that compliments Yuzon’s throaty vocals.
ÒMay1,” the second single of the album, has already reached the top place in local charts. The song talks about different scenarios that unfold in life. “Sa bawat oras mo’y may himala [With one’s every hour, a miracle],” it proclaims. And that’s not they have to preach. The track “Lumapit,” which sounds like the Creator talking one-on-one with listeners, is what Yuzon calls a “gospel song.”
The title track “Travel Advisory,” a song which most of the band members co-written, delivers a message to the rest of the world. “it’s a political message to the governments of the first world countries that issue travel warnings to their citizens against traveling to the Philippines whereas they base such warnings on stuff that goes in a small part of our country and shouldn’t be taken as the overall state of how the country is as a whole,” Yuzon shared.
Songs written by Rialp-“Engine Breaker” and “One of Three” scream testosterone overload as the former takes you for a ride in the fast lane while the latter is a narrative about a rock star’s lifestyle involving sex, drugs and money.
Gaan explores a vein of irony with “What You Want.” It paints a frightening scenario of the consequences of some things that we desire. In the song “Eternal,” haunting vocals and guitar strumming blend to deliver a smooth hypnotic piece.
Travel Advisory delivers an exhilarating musical journey that assures rockers arrive in better shape.