90s Cult-Favorite Filipino Band The Freesouls Return With New Single
1990s music nostalgia fever is brewing in Manila. The Eraserheads just announced their one-night-only reunion show in December, and Rico Blanco came off a successful solo show at The Araneta Coliseum.
So what's next? Enter The Freesouls.
The Freesouls were a 90s band that did not soar as high as Eraserheads, Rivermaya, Wolfgang, Razorback, or Parokya ni Edgar. Still, they became a cult favorite amongst artists and indie fans alike.
The band consisted of childhood mates: Ted Reyes, Jeff Antiporda, Dre Dialogo, and Manuel Cabrera, started the 1960's-inspired look and sound that bands like Orange and Lemons and The Bloomfields took on. They launched their debut album called "Shindig" in August 1997 under BMG records and immediately achieved cult status with their simple yet memorable songs. Their first single, "Shindig" became a minor hit, but radio stations banned their second offering, called "Yatehan" for alleged explicit content. The band recorded a follow-up album in 1998 entitled "Flowers for the Soul," but BMG execs shelved it. They never recovered after that and called it quits in 2000 when guitarist and songwriter Ted Reyes migrated to the US. In 2003, Ted and Jeff briefly reunited and co-wrote the hit song "Bye Bye Na" popularized by Rico Blanco and Rivermaya.
Fast forward to 2022, the band is back with a new song called "Tatlong Gin." Ted returned to Manila for an extended stay, reunited with Jeff and Dre, and recorded four new songs at Wildgrass studios. Jeff's son, Karlo, who is now an accomplished guitarist, also played on all the tracks. Original guitarist Noel Cabrera is now in Sydney, Australia, with his family.
"Tatlong Gin," written by Ted Reyes is a song about a relationship gone south after the couple downed three bottles of gin. It's a classic Freesouls tune with a catchy melody and clever lyrics. The song will be available on October 8, 2020, on all streaming services like Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Amazon Music, TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Deezer, and Tidal.