Members: Dex Yu, Oliver Agustin, Not Vinzons, Ej Arabit
RIGHT-ON AND STRAIGHT UP FOR LETTER DAY STORY
Good things come to those who wait and members of new alternative band Letter Day Story know this only too well.
Although they formed the group way back in 2002 when they were still schoolmates at the University of Santo Tomasâ Conservatory of Music, it took six years to get their break by emerging as Grand Winner in Nescafe Soundskool, and another two years to have their full-length debut album under Sony Music put on record shelves.
Eight yearsâ¦enough time for a person to finish high school and college.
âWe learned a lot along the way,â said lead singer/chief songwriter and guitarist Dex Yu of their struggling years. âFrom people posing as managers to get their hands on your music for free, to rejection from record labels and gigs that donât pay â weâve seen it all.â
Fortunately, their love for music is stronger than any hindrances that came along. Through it all, the band maintained a no-nonsense work ethic that compelled them to keep rehearsing, writing music and knocking on doors.
The climb could be the reason they chose a straightforward name for their band. According to Letter Day Story drummer Ejay, the key to understanding their music can be gleaned from each word in the whole.
ââLetterâ because the messages of our songs are in a way, being âsentâ out. âStoryâ because we write about peopleâs lives. âDayâ because the stories are usually based on day-to-day experiences,â he said.
Even the title of their first hit, âIkaw Pa Rin,â seems right-on. However, the band prides itself for having come up with a song that transcends musical arrangement. The smash tune, after all, has been embraced by the public both in its upbeat and acoustic mutations â right up to the point when they became finalists in the âFavorite New Artistâ category in the 2009 Myx Music Awards and âBest Performance by a New Groupâ in this yearâs Awit Awards.
The universal appeal of their music should come as no surprise. Given their educational background, the songs in their album namely âSama Samaâ (their latest single and title of their debut album), âSulong,â âKung Maibabalik,â âIsang Umaga,â âMakasama Ka,â âPaano,â âNababaliw,â âMithiâ and âIkaw Pa Rinâ are products of instinct and intellect.
âWe first listen to the songs in their barest form; usually just guitar and voice. Then each of us plays the instruments according to taste. And then we jam and from there, we discuss the merits of choosing an arrangement over the other. Walang lider -- ang bida ay kung ano ang pinakamabuti para sa kanta,â said the band bass player, Oliver.
Their A-1 musicality has attracted other artists to work with them. To date, Letter Day Story has collaborated with rapper Gloc-9 (âMartilyoâ), pop-rock singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino (âKung Maibabalikâ), and Jaq Dionisio of new band Kiss Jane (âIsang Umagaâ).
Album producer Jonathan Ong gave the tracks in their album a grander aural dimension. Letter Day Story member Not-Not is all for it, believing that the considerations that go into making an album are different from playing live.
âMore meticulous care is taken when it comes to making albums because people will listen to it over and over. The songs should be as close to perfect as possible because itâs for posterity. Sa live naman, anything goes. Energy and spontaneity naman ang bentahan dun,â he said.
This thrust is the reason Letter Day Story is still embraced in the underground scene.
Clearly, the band is no sell-out, but merely moving up.
âSama Samaâ is now out in CDs under Sony Music. To download your favorite Letter Day Story songs straight to your cell phones, just type CONNECT and send to 3456. Or go straight to their musiConnect micro site, just type LDS and send to 3456
Dex Yu - vocals,guitars
Oli Agustin - bass,backing vocals
Notnot Vinzons - guitars,backing vocals
Ej Arabit - drums
for bookings please contact:
Sony Music Philippines
(02)6363721 look for Ms. Queenie Macahilig or Isko
Letter Day Story