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Catchy, festive and full of positivity!
Hi Hoomanz, welcome to LA Music Review! Tell us a little bit about you and your music.
HOOMANZ \’hyü-mənz\ is a rock band from Tacloban City formed in 2019…
a different kind of fusion of indie, brit-pop punk and post new-wave sound. It all began in 2016 with the frontman Feddy started writing and producing songs in a small apartment in Cebu City and then eventually returned back to his hometown in Tacloban around March of 2018.
A year after, he was invited to perform in the Sirak Festival April of 2019, a three-day live concert featuring different music artists from all over Eastern Visayas. Feddy asked Peewee (guitars & vocals), father and son Kane (Synth) and Dustin (drums) to play his songs with him during the event. Then right after, they formally congregated the band Serafina adding members Carleux (guitars) and Gerald (bass).
Serafina was included in the COVID-19 Album Project in 2020…
which was released under Viva Records and they were featured a few times in some platforms including the noon time show It’s Showtime promoting their song “Hey Hey Pandemic” which was a huge moment for the band. But due to an unfortunate event, the album was cancelled.
Despite of it all, they never stopped. The band continued to evolve and made music, until March of 2021 they were signed by KBOX Music, an independent record label in Eastern Visayas, and the band was reborn into HOOMANZ. The band was recently featured as artist of the month last November 2022 in the LA Music Review, a music blog in California USA for their release “The Boogeyman”.
With the band finding a new home under KBOX Music, HOOMANZ is set to release their first 4-track EP this December 16, 2022.
Start streaming “I Left My Heart in San Juanico” here:
Congrats on the release! What was your inspiration when you were writing this project?
A song about the people and culture of Eastern Visayas…
nothing can symbolize it more than the monumental San Juanico Bridge that connects the two main islands.
It’s a song of celebration, despite all we’ve been through we’re still beautiful, happy, and resilient people.
Whoever visits Eastern Visayas will have a euphoric experience that they will never forget. Just like the catchy and energetic vibe of this song.
What is your vision for this song?
We want to promote the beautiful culture of Tacloban City and the rest of Eastern Visayas.
We want to help promote the tourism of our city and our region through our music. Hopefully it would also help our economy which was badly affected due to the pandemic. We want to uplift the spirits of the people in Eastern Visayas through this upbeat and energetic song. And something they can be proud of too hopefully, just as how they take pride of the San Juanico Bridge.
What is your favorite part of this body of work?
We like the upbeat and festive beat of the song…
just like how we celebrate the Sangyawan Festival here in Tacloban City every month of June. We created a hook where listeners can sing along to or perhaps dance to. Hopefully one day we can perform this song and people would sing along or go crazy with.
Anything else we should know about it? Future releases?
We are set to release a 4-track EP this December 16, 2022 called “We Are Hoomanz” which includes The Boogeyman, I Left My Heart In San Juanico, Stranded and U & I. The music video of The Boogeyman is also set to release soon which was also featured by LA Music Review last October.