Ben&Ben’s new song "Lunod" inspired by drowning incident, COVID-19 experience

by Elle Faraon
Dec 22, 2021
Ben&Ben, JK Labajo, Zild Lunod Music
Ben&Ben members (top row, L-R) Toni Muñoz, Poch Barretto, Andrew de Pano, Jam Villanueva, (bottom row, L-R) Patricia Lasaten, Kiefer Cabugao, Agnes Reoma, Paolo Benjamin, and Miguel Benjamin. During their press launch, Paolo reveals their new song "Lunod" is inspired by a real-life drowning incident and their sister's COVID-19 experience.
PHOTO/S: @benandbenmusic on Instagram

Ben&Ben’s latest single "Lunod" featuring Zild and Juan Karlos premiered on their YouTube channel on Friday, November 26, 2021.

Filmmaker Jerrold Tarog, known for Heneral Luna and Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral, directed and edited the music video.

The entirety of the clips takes place at El Deposito, a historical underground water reservoir in San Juan, Metro Manila, that was built in 1896.

Led by the twins, Paolo Benjamin and Miguel Benjamin Guico, the band along with Zild and Juan Karlos put up a well-executed performance in a seemingly strange never-ending tunnel, as shown in the video.

The ambiance of the location, as well as the dark rock music arrangement, poetically deliver the song's heavy feelings of dread and melancholy.

REAL-LIFE LUNOD EXPERIENCE

"Lunod" was already written by the band's vocalist Paolo Benjamin even before JK and Zild joined the picture.

He was inspired to write the song when his sister tested positive for COVID-19.

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There was also a time when someone nearly drowned at a beach fronting the band’s house.

Paolo Benjamin recalled, "‘Yung inspiration kasi ng 'Lunod' was no’ng nagka-COVID yung kapatid namin way back. ‘Tapos yung feeling noong anxiety na iyon.

"Plus yung feeling din ng muntikan nang malunod, kasi since nakatira kami dito sa malapit sa dagat.

"Parang may isang time na muntikan nang mangyari iyon, like last year.

“Parang similar yung feelings pala na yun. Pag nalulunod ka pala, minsan mas nate-tempt ka na sumuko kaysa sa magpatuloy.

"So, yun yung naging inspiration ng song.”

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WORKING WITH JK AND ZILD

Pertaining to the band’s collaboration with JK and Zild, vocalist Miguel Benjamin said, “‘Yung work din ni Zild and Juan Karlos, very diverse din yung soundscape.

“I think with regards to the heavier kind of sound, they’ve had more experience in it than we had.

“So, their help to really bring out that sound, sobrang na-guide nila kami do’n in a way kung paano.

"So no’ng ni-record namin doon sa studio sa bahay, kaya iyon napalabas yung heavier sound.”

The group described JK as the energetic ‘big bunso’ on the set. His ‘artista’ character could easily be seen when the camera started rolling.

Zild, on the other hand, really helped in terms of the sound, which he arranged in several layers. He also has a solo highlight performance in the song.

Lead guitarist, Poch Barretto, described the heavy sound as a representation of an "aggressive overwhelming feeling" of "nalulunod sa pangangamba."

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The band also commended Direk Jerrold and his team’s attention to detail, particulary in the way they pulled off the production techniques and maximized the resources despite the heavy-dark underground location.

Miguel Benjamin said, “Direk Jerrold and their team, they’re very very very very detail-oriented.

"As in, even before the shoot, alam na nila exactly kung ano yung mga shots.”

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MENTAL HEALTH

The video shots showing the artists being submerged in water with flowers covering their eyes theatrically simulate drowning.

In a press conference on November 26, the band however confessed they didn't know exactly the meaning behind the flowers and only Direk Jerrold could explain that.

The most fun part of the shoot was the scene where water was being poured directly onto their faces while they lay on the floor because they didn't know when it would come down.

Vocalist Paolo Benjamin jokingly said, “Parang liquid swab test.”

The song has four versions according to Miguel. The one with the “bipolar remix” reflects the state of rapper-producer Zelijah's mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Patricia Lasaten, the band’s keyboardist, said the song is her favorite track in the album because it highlights the importance of letting the artists be themselves.

Agnes Reoma, bassist, added that the overall production of the song marked a lot of ‘first’ for their band such as exploring the dark-rock side of music, for one.

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Paolo said in an interview on YouTube with Papa Gio last December 3, 2021, the song was also a message of hope to everyone battling mental health issues.

“Parehong lunod na literal ‘tsaka lunod sa mga thoughts or sa mga anxiety. Kasi ginamit namin na metaphor ‘yung pagkalunod sa pool or sa dagat bilang pag-describe sa kung ano yung feeling kapag nasa isa kang madilim na place, sa mental health mo.”

“Parang gusto naming i-describe and i-send din yung message na hindi ka nag-iisa kapag nando’n ka sa place na iyon [dark place].

"And do’n sa dulo ng song, tungo siya sa pag-ahon kasi yung last line ay, ‘Di na muling malulunod pa.’

"So parang gusto namin mag-send din ng message ng hope na one day, sa paraan mo, makakahanap ka ng way para maka-rise above sa madidilim na thoughts na pumapaligid sa iyo kung meron man.”

"Lunod" is part of Ben&Ben’s second album Pebble House Vol. 1: Kwaderno.

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The band held a virtual concert entitled Kuwaderno: A Ben&Ben Online Concert last Sunday, December 5, at Araneta Coliseum.

They also opened their Lunod themed-café Latitude Bean+Bar in Malate and its two branches in Quezon City with mental health-related activities, such as art creation.

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Ben&Ben members (top row, L-R) Toni Muñoz, Poch Barretto, Andrew de Pano, Jam Villanueva, (bottom row, L-R) Patricia Lasaten, Kiefer Cabugao, Agnes Reoma, Paolo Benjamin, and Miguel Benjamin. During their press launch, Paolo reveals their new song "Lunod" is inspired by a real-life drowning incident and their sister's COVID-19 experience.
PHOTO/S: @benandbenmusic on Instagram
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