Gaining entry in a highly competitive music industry is one gargantuan task for any fledgling band. But gaining second crack at the business could prove to even more daunting.
Independent pop-rock band Syato starts all over again with the release of its new album titled, Sticking By, distributed by Candid Records. The band's eponymous debut album was released way back in 2005 under a different label. Unfortunately, personnel changes coupled with other factors stalled the band's burgeoning mainstream career.
With Syato literally in limbo, bassist and founding member Yugel Losorata sought new members to keep the band from drifting into complete oblivion. After struggling to find the right combination, Syato's reincarnation was finally assured with a lineup composed of Yugel, Mark Villagomez (lead vocalist), JM Delos Santos (rhythm guitar), Meng Villarmino (lead guitar), and Macky Brosas (drummer).
Starting from scratch, Syato once again took the long and hard road to regain the respect of their peers and the discriminating rock audience.
Yugel recalled playing a handful of gigs before a small audience: "Meron kaming gig na limang tao lang ang nanunood. Medyo nakakalungkot kasi itinodo mo tapos konti lang yong nakakita. Yong iba siguro magfu-fold up na maranasan yon ganun. Kami yong ginagawa namin [iniisip] na lang namin, ‘Matatapos din to' parang ganun. May halong drama talaga, e."
SECOND CHANCE. Through constant practice, playing live and with new materials coming out from the band's creative pipes, Syato entered the studio to record what would be their comeback album.
"Musically pure pop 'yon, e," said Yugel in describing Syato's old sound. "This one, definitely mas naging rock to... We'll see kung paano tatanggapin pero whether kung tanggapin yan o hindi masyado siguro we're just happy na marinig yong song namin and 'yong album."
Syato's 10-track album consists of compositions all showcasing the five-piece unit's mastery of mixing pop with alternative rock.
Sticking By's debut single, "Tibo," is currently enjoying airplay both in radio and music channels across the country. Yugel reportedly penned the song after Mark egged him one evening to write something about pretty lesbians.
All of the songs included in the record offer interesting stories intertwined with catchy melodic tunes. One example is the album's opening track "Jeddah Queen"—a retelling of an urban legend involving a Filipina woman videotaped while having sex with a foreigner (who is NOT her husband). The scandal—set in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia during the '80s—became knwon publicly when the Filipino husband witnessed the tape during a drinking spree with friends.
The rest of the tracks—"Gabing Bilog Ang Buwan," "Broken Tuesday," "Bighani," "Sticking By," "Kung Wala Ka Na," "Xmas Rush," "Panaginip Lamang," and "Heroes"—brandished the group's chops as songwriters.
To promote their new album Sticking By, Syato will embark on a tour covering selected Padi's Point bars this coming August and September: August 1 (Binan, Laguna), August 6 (MOA, Pasay City), August 7 (Starmall, Alabang), August 13 (Novaliches), August 14 (Las Pinas), August 20 (Araneta, Cubao), August 28 (Baguio), August 29 (Dagupan), September 18 (Avenida), and September 30 (Edsa, Shaw).