Published: September 04, 2019
Power pop group This Band is still on a hot streak. With their hit single “Kahit Ayaw Mo Na” still a staple on radio stations around the country and a certified chart-topper on Spotify with 61 million streams, Apple Music Philippines Top 100, and YouTube now peaking at 211 million views, This Band is stoking the fire with the release of a new single “Nang Iwan.”
The Las Pinas-based group, a six-piece pop band that includes singer Andrea Manzano, guitarists and chief songwriter Euwie Loria and Raymat Gubat, bassist Miccael Galvan, drummer John Macaraas and keyboardist Melvin Carson have already notched a couple of hit singles on their collective belt. Among them their most-recent single, “’Di Na Babalik” which did well posting an impressive 16 million streams on Spotify alone. Likewise, their songs “Hindi Na Nga,” “Bitaw Na,” and “Tampisaw” are also in their millions.
When it comes to a particular type of ‘hugot’ song, sophomore group This Band has got their brand of sound down pat. This much is true with their latest song “Nang Iwan.”
And as the title suggests, the song is a forlorn treatise about how heartbreak wreaks havoc on a person. It’s also about the fear of missing out that results in melancholy as depicted in the morose tones of singer Andrea Manzano and words of Euwie Von Loria.
Hindi na dapat pang inalay sa ‘yo ang puso ko / Ngayon ako'y nahihirapan, kala ko'y walang hangganan / Ang sakit-sakit isipin / Na ako'y iyong iniwan
But though the song is about heartbreak in particular, we can’t help but admire the sound that This Band has found; a pop-cum-power-ballad sound with a bit of an edge that’s distinctly Pinoy. But don’t take our word for it, you can listen to This Band admire it yourself.
This Band recently won the MOR 101.9 Awards for best digital artist. This Band has also reaped a handful of nomination in the upcoming 32nd Awit Awards for Best Performance by a Group Recording Artist, Best Performance by a New Group, and Best Cover Art. They also aced two major nominations with Song of the Year for Von Loria and Record of the Year for “Kahit Ayaw Mo Na.”
Their latest single “Nang Iwan” was released Friday, July 26 and is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital music stores.