The Pub Forties ushers intriguing rock sound in “Road Rage”

It’s never too late to start a career in the music biz. The four members of The Pub Forties know that and actually make use of the age factor to their advantage. But truth be told, it’s basically the fun of being not too young and not too old, the privilege of being experienced, but not laying low yet. They’re right in the middle, aged to go for the right groove.

The Pub Forties members are Aries Espinosa (lead vocals), Yugel Losorata, (bass/back up vocals), Kap Maceda Aguila (drums), and Vincent Borromeo (guitars).

Their first single, “Road Rage”, an original released by Warner Music Philippines last March 24, is one that captures that fun in all sound and sentiment. It is driven, unapologetic, and unpretentious. It’s melancholia embracing mayhem, it’s rock popped.

“Road Rage” can now be heard via streaming, downloading, and sharing through digital platforms Spotify, iTunes, and Deezer. Its music video will soon be broadcast by MYX Music Channel and seen in various social media platforms.

The issue tackled in the song written by band member Yugel Losorata is not really the crime committed by temperamental motorists, but by youngsters playing with fire and fate. It’s about a couple eloping and then hating each other while on road trip.

Through the mix of crisp words and catchy melody, The Pub Forties are trying to help send back a young lady home. That’s music for them, driving listeners out for a joy ride and bringing them back home to safety.

From the brooding opening guitar riff to the crashing final notes, Road Rage sounds like it’s delivered by some European rock act or Filipino-Americans used to American way of life. But make no mistake, The Pub Forties are pure Pinoys, their names appearing as by-lines in leading local broadsheets, their music knocking on the door of OPM with the intention of contributing to its progress. Their Pinoy sensibility is right there within the music.

The Pub Forties are currently recording originals they intend to compile into a full-length album later in the year. Road Rage, as timely as it gets with the catchphrase hitting the headlines every now and then, is the first one they decided to finish and put out for everyone to hear and enjoy.

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