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Friday, October 21, 2011

‘Araw Oras Tagpuan’ by Sponge Cola


One of today's hottest bands Sponge Cola releases its much awaited and highly anticipated 4th full-length, album under Universal Records titled "Araw Oras Tagpuan." This is Sponge Cola’s first full-length album since it released its self-titled CD in 2008. The only recording band to reach diamond after Eraserheards for the outstanding sales of Tambay(EP) via Coca-Cola’s summer promo, SPONGE COLA scores yet again as the band releases its highly anticipated fourth full-length album titled Araw Oras Tagpuan under Universal Records. But the band is not content to rest on its laurels yet, this is just the beginning.
Sponge Cola is composed of Ateneans Yael Yuzon on guitars and vocals, Armo Armovit on lead guitars, Gosh Dilay on bass, and Tedmark Cruz on drums. Sponge Cola has always made its presence felt since breaking the local music scene in 2002 via Madonna’s Crazy For You.

In the past nine years, Sponge Cola has gone from nowhere to full-fledged phenomenon on the strength of its three bestselling albums: Palabas (2004), Transit (2006) and Sponge Cola (2008). Only one of the few bands that couldn’t help but hit, Sponge Cola went on to producing chart-topping singles such as KLSPGeminiJeepneyBitiwTuliroMoviePasubaliPusoAyt!, Makapiling KaDi Na Mababawi and so on.
Sponge Cola Pic1From then on, the band’s popularity doesn’t seem to be waning. It was evident from numerous awards and citations received by the band. From favorite artist to favorite song to favorite group to favorite rock video to favorite vocalist to achieving gold and platinum awards, Sponge Cola’s rise to full stardom never stops, and it shows no sign of flickering.
In fact, the rocket ride to the top doesn’t look as if it’s going to end any time soon
The band’s new album’s title says Araw Oras Tagpuan—date, time, place—Armo said they just wanted to create something that strings our ideas on space, time, fate and choice together.
Just recently, Sponge Cola’s Tambay (EP) earned the band a diamond record in sales. The band in unison says, “It’s a great feeling. We’re very thankful. We appreciate the support we get from people.”
The band’s new album’s title says Araw Oras Tagpuan—date, time, place—Armo said they just wanted to create something that strings our ideas on space, time, fate and choice together. 
Yael elaborates, “I like the swagger that the title suggests. It’s like ‘Give me a time, date and place and we’ll be there.’ But with said swagger, it still feels down to earth, which is I think how are we these days, in my head at least.

In Araw Oras Tagpuan consists of 12 tracks that include massive hits Tambay, Regal and the new hit single Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay. Other songs included are Walang Wakas which became the theme song of ABS-CBN’s series Wansapanatym: Rod Santiago’s Buhawi Jack; New Steel which featuresPaolo Valenciano of Salamin, Ria Redulla, and Los Magno of Out of Body Special; and Warningfeaturing Norma Love, Iwa Motor, and Mowmow of Tanya Markova.this album, nine out of twelve songs were mainly written and co-written by Yael along with Gosh. It is interesting to note that the collaboration with these artists adds hip hop, new metal, and retro to the band’s definitive music.

Sponge Cola Bloggers Night poster
The album Araw Oras Tagpuan is out now in all major record bars nationwide under Universal Records.
Sponge Cola’s Blogger’s Night is brought to you by Universal Records in cooperation with Pinoy Magazine, BANDS Magazine and official online partner Orange Magazine TV. Special thanks to Coca-Cola Philippines.

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