Thoughts and Notions fights hopelessness with “Iglap”

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hi Thoughts and Notions, welcome to LA Music Review! Tell us a little bit about you and your music.

Thoughts And Notions is a band from Cagayan de Oro that aims to write songs to help uplift wounded souls.

We were active back in the day (2006-2009). But soon after went on a 10 year hiatus before re-emerging in the Digital Age of Music. Our high point back in the day was getting nominated in the NU Rock Awards for College Band of the year.

In our latest comeback, we have decided to focus on songwriting.

We ditched the band setup in favor of featuring up and coming Independent artists that we could tap to interpret our songs as well as help them produce their songs. That way, we could have a wider contribution in the indie music scene.

For this effort, we are featuring Novelista Pasta. A band that is composed of Jhapoy Perez on vocals, John Erickson Gloria on Guitars, Adam Datoy on Bass, and Adonis Berongoy on Drums. Both Gloria and Berongoy were part of our band’s sophomore album. So basically we are connected thru Gloria and Berongoy.

Congrats on the release! What was your inspiration when you were writing this project?

Iglap was actually inspired by the classic Rivermaya song called “Kisapmata”.

Released on October 3, 2022. As big fans of the legendary Filipino Rock Band, we wanted to write a song that pays tribute to Rivermaya. Not only that, but another fun fact that we would like to share. Novelista Pasta was once mentored by Rivermaya when they made it to the National Finals in a band competition that they participated in years ago.

So basically the project is a love letter to Rivermaya. Iglap was also written after we decided to take a break back in the day. So while the song talks about lost loves, it kind of also mirrored the state that we were in. When all those hard work as a band suddenly disappeared in a flash (Isang Iglap) when we took a hiatus.

Start streaming “Iglap” right here:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What lessons would you like to impart with your audience?

I think the lesson that we would want to share is to never take things for granted.

Sometimes people, opportunities, or situations come to you and you just have to value them because these things can also disappear in a flash. And all you are left with are the memories. And when these happens, we are left with despair and hopelessness.

But then, you just have to control and manage what you can out of it. And just move on and start anew. It kind of sounds cliche specially if we talk about it in the context of love and relationships. But what matters most is that you gave it your best shot.

What is your favorite part of this body of work?

I think our favorite part of this project is that it felt cathartic to be able to experience and relive those emotions pertaining to lost loves and lost opportunities. We know that it was like ages ago when the band thing folded. Considering that we were at the heels of that NU Rock Awards nomination.

But to finally get the song out on the Digital Music stores, it felt like we have finally closed that chapter in our history and that we are finally moving on to our next journey as songwriters first. And that desire to feature new and upcoming Indie artists in our future projects.

Anything else we should know about it? Future releases?

We are excited to work on our next project, a Christmas Song.

This time, we’ll be featuring Cagayan de Oro based indie artists. It’s like a special Christmas Gift to the supporters of the indie music scene in the city. It is a coming together of various artists, an all-star cast if you might say. So we are definitely looking forward to release that song right before the Christmas Season kicks into high gear.

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