Four-piece band Up Dharma Down (UDD) recently released their latest video featuring their newest single “Sana”, off their sophomore CD “Bipolar”. The track is being touted as the most commercial among the 14 track-album released late last year.
Viva Records, now handling one of the most recognized indie groups in the land, is upbeat about the latest single, as it hopes to continue the momentum delivered by “Taya”. The on-location shoot is expected to keep UDD fans thrilled once more, in the same way that the previous video captured them. “Taya” is noted for making use of still photography instead of a conventional videocam. The result was ‘an otherworldly montage of images with the group interacting with light-matter and ghostly figures.’
“For our second album, we are experienced enough to know what we’re supposed to do and not do. We made the songs for the songs and not really for us. I think we have matured in that sense,” says bassist Paul Yap.
The 14-track package called “Bipolar” features Up Dharma Down as being more aware ‘when to stop’ during recordings’ editing. The opening number “Blessed”, according to the members, is the umbilical cord that connects “Bipolar” to their debut “Fragmented” which spawned the radio hit “Oo” (NU 107’s Song of the Year for 2007) and the groovy “Maybe.”
Other notable cuts are “Return Saturn Return”, “Clockwork” which the group acknowledged as the hardest to final edit, short instrumentals “Delayed Breathing” and “Furnace” and the closing piece “Sugarcoats and Heartbeats” which for vocalist-keyboardist Armi Millare best defines the album.
“We are not complaining about anything as far as our career is concerned. We have total control over our material which is the most important thing for us,” says frontwoman who won the NU 107’s Best Female Vocalist Award in 2006.
Up Dharma Down is noted for getting the nods of foreign audience once they hear and see them perform. BBC’s Mark Cole tagged UDD as ‘the Asian band to most likely cross over to North American shores’ while Time Magazine featured them in their July 2007 issue. Last year the group was picked by globally famous Incubus to be its front-act at the Big Dome.
UDD was likewise the first Filipino band to be featured in MTV's “Advanced Warning”, which showcases up-and-coming artists in the Asian region and worldwide. MYX Music Awards, on the other hand, named UDD as Favorite Indie Artist last year.
In the midst of all the accolades, Millare points out, “We’re doing this not for the money or fame. Our number one aim is to create stuff we want to do.”
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