With power play and the abuse of the weak still present in today’s society, one of today’s most up-and-coming local bands, 46 Hope St., are welcoming the new year with a bang through a rock song titled “Di Na Magpapauto”. The declarative certainty of the title alone is in itself put forth in your face.
The band’s fifth single is set to be released today, January 14, on various digital platforms as the country battles the latest surge of the ongoing pandemic and draws closer to the much-awaited and debated national elections in May. It looks like the band is taking a clear stand, that in their book, they don’t allow power abusers or a virus that’s been harassing the world to rule. At least in a song powered by aggressive guitar work and a solid rhythm section, they’re able to speak out and bravely confront the people’s obviously real enemy.
Widescope Entertainment, the label 46 Hope St. is signed to, has also carved him in stone to allow his stable of talent to shine as they wish, given that he is committed to uplifting the spirit of the Filipino art and feeling.
“‘Di Na Magpapauto’ calls for an uprising against the manipulations of abusive power,” said frontman Meds Rana, who wrote and sang the piece.
It’s a bit of an understatement to say that Meds had a capable supporting cast. Perhaps spectacular is the best word, as apart from the duo of bassist Ryan Gonzales and drummer Aaron Dolleton who ably back it up, the iconic Ebe Dancel himself also completed some backing vocals on the track. It’s not every day that a young band can have someone of their stature on board to help them with their craft. Knowing the character of Ebe, he would not have participated if he did not believe in the talent and the message of an act. So his involvement says a lot about how he views the band as an A&R (Artist & Repertoire) and record producer.
46 Hope St. and the former lead man of a hit trio we all know have teamed up as producers of the track, with Widescope executives Vic de Vera and Neil Gregorio making themselves felt in the backstage as usual.
Meds added, emphasizing the point of the song’s lyrics, “It encourages the listener to stay alert and fend off the machinations that take advantage of the weak.”
“Di Na Magpapauto” was recorded in the band’s Big Baby Studio hot zone, with Peavy Nicolas handling the mixing and mastering.
The defiant chorus, delivered with just enough restraint and courage, informs: “Di na ko magpapauto sa iyo sapagkat ang lahat ng kabutihan mo’y pagpapanggap.”
Demonstrated from their previous releases, the band aren’t shy about making bold moves from the start. The opening line quickly strikes a chord and sets the mood. “Kami ang dahilan kaya ka nariyan tiwalang nilaan ba’t di mo gampanan.”
Around this time last year, 46 Hope St. debuted “Parisukat Sa Bilog” which immediately caught the eye. Three more singles released in the following months proved the band’s versatility. In December, the trio contributed to the compilation of various Widescope artists “Pagmamahal NgayongPasko”, recording “Reason For The Season” and joining the ensemble in singing the title track.
The new year may not have started very well with the ongoing health crisis sparing no one from its rage. But for 46 Hope St., now is the time to speak out and clarify their intent for the healing of the nation.
To stream and download: https://orcd.co/46hopest_dinamagpapauto
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