TJ Sarvida – lead vocalist. Mike Caleda – musical director/keyboardist/vocalist. Rancis de Leon – saxophonist. Mark Decena – bassist. Bogs Bautista – drummer. Edward Enriquez – guitarist. They entered the bar scene in 2009 making covers of late ’70s and ’80s hits. The songs they loved to perform were from the time they were still inside the crib as babies. Hence, the name of the band is CRIB.
In the music scene, these guys are babies no more. Aside from their popular covers, the 2016 Aliw Awards Best New Artist has also come up with a full album of all-original songs. The 11-track album is on Spotify (here’s the LINK), licensed under MCA Music. Last month, Crib launched their second single, Ibang Araw na Lang.
Here’s a snippet of the band’s performances at the launch held in Historia. I became an instant fan! WATCH:
Asked what the inspiration is behind the song and the boys revealed it is about being “tsope.” The word is a spinoff of the Filipino term “torpe” which refers to someone too shy to pursue a girl (or a boy in these modern times!).
When I asked, “So, galing siya sa personal experience?,” the boys pointed to musical director Mike who wrote song. “Well, collective experience. Lahat kasi kami torpe!,” he said. And the boys agreed in unison. Haha.
Check out Crib’s music video for Ibang Araw Na Lang. The song talks about a guy delaying his confession of feelings to a girl because of being torpe. Major AWW moment with the lines!
“Nais ko sanang aminin, pero sige, ibang araw na lang. Hindi ko makuhang sabihin, pero sige, ibang araw na lang. Laging nag-aalangan. Minuto’y pinapadaan. Masyado pang maaga. Kaya sige, ibang araw na lang.”
Throwback to another beautiful single the boys performed inside the Wish 107.5 bus. Check out ‘Di Inaasahan.
On connecting with the millennials
In this age where physical album copies are taking the exit, the music industry has a huge millennial market. We wondered how CRIB plans to make their music appeal to the younger audience. Musical director Mike said, “Isa rin sa naging goals ng banda is to write new songs, to record new songs pero it has to pay homage to the old OPM. ‘Pag narinig nila yung mga melody, mga lyrics, puwede natin silang i-throwback, in a sense.”
Mark added, “‘Yung binebenta naman kasi namin dito, ‘yung feel. More than the music itself, ‘yung feel. Ah ito pala yung tunog ng music dati, ito pala ‘yung pakiramdam ng music dati. Ganun yung pinapalabas namin.”
“Halos makaka-relate lahat eh. Hindi lang siya pambata or pang-old. Basically, ‘yung ginawa naming songs tungkol sa buhay,” Rancis de Leon said in agreement.
Current artists they love
CRIB members expressed their admiration for Ben & Ben, IV of Spades, and KZ Tandingan. When asked about their dream collaborations with local and international artists, their choices are Regine Velasquez and David Foster.
More songs to come
The boys shared they still have a lot of songs at hand they plan to release in the future. We definitely have more to watch out for.
WATCH our fun chat with the CRIB here:
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