Kamikazee launches new album of (loud) love songs

After touring continuously across the country as part of the Tanduay First Five, Kamikazee will launch their new album, “Romantico,” at the Tanduay Rockfest this Friday, Oct. 14.

“Kaya 'Romantico' yung title ng album, sinubukan naming love song lahat ng mga kanta du’n,” explains singer Jay Contreras, in an interview with Yahoo! Philippines OMG! “Para siyang kuwento ng mga taong, umibig, umiibig, iniwan, nasaktan, at umibig ulit.”

“Compared to our last album, hindi na siya ganung kaingay,” adds drummer Allan Burdeos.  “We designed the album to be easy to sing along to.  Pero hindi naman pop masyado.”

Coming from a band that used to do bastardized versions of Ariel Rivera and Britney Spears songs, that sounds surprising.

Still loud, but more accessible

“May mga maingay pa rin naman,” clarifies the intimidatingly burly skinsman.  “It's just that the new album is more accessible.”

Funnily enough, the band had yet to decide if the album's title would be “Romantico” with a “c” or “Romantiko” with a “k” at the time of the interview.

“With an 'f,'” Contreras jokingly butts in.

“RomantiFo!” laughs guitarist Jomal Linao.

How has life on the road been for the band so far? Apparently, a hell of a riot, in a good way.

“Gigil na gigil yung mga tao du'n sa mga Tanduay gigs sa probinsiya,” muses Burdeos.

Concert na, inom pa


“Kung ako rin yung nandu’n, sobrang sulit kasi yung limang banda na pupuntahan mo,” adds the volatile singer.  “Maganda yung stage, yung tunog. Saka after naming tumugtog, pinapanood namin yung mga bandang kasama namin, nage-enjoy pa rin kami.

“What more yung mga naghihintay ng gig ng ilang buwan? Saka saan ka makakakita ng ticket na...iinom ka na, may concert ka pa? Panalo, di ba?”

Kamikazee is set to do a 45-minute, eight- or nine-song set at the Rockfest, where they will also launch their first single and music video.

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