By Jessica Pag-iwayan
Photos by Roc Verdera
Thick colored eyeliners, colorful outfits, and Dr. Martens shoes. Someone unfamiliar with such an appearance would mistake them for an ‘70s rock band from an old magazine. But they are not. They are IV of Spades, the brilliant mind behind the 2018 chart-topping song “Mundo.”
Composed of Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, and Badjao de Castro, IV of Spades is a local indie band that produces alternative-pop rock music. Their tracks are so good that their first-ever album titled ClapClapClap! landed them a series of concert tours not just across the country but to different parts of the world. Recently, they just capped off a successful tour in the US where they performed in various cities such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
The Karpos Live act
And now that they are back in the country, the band dropped a surprise for their fans when it was announced that they will perform on Karpos Live this Nov. 20, sharing the stage with another notable young artist, Phum Viphurit. Phum is a 24-year-old neo-soul musician from Thailand known for his hit songs “Lover Boy”, “Hello, Anxiety,” and “Long Gone.”
In an exclusive interview, IV of Spades shares with Manila Bulletin Lifestyle details about their Karpos Live act, where early bird tickets are already sold out. According to the group, just like their fans, they are also excited for the performance and looking forward to Phum’s as well.
“We saw him live twice!” the group shares. Describing the Thai musician as a cool guy, the “In My Prison” artists also say that 20-year-old guitarist Blaster, “always sings ‘Hello, Anxiety’ randomly.”
They add that their act on Nov. 20 is still part of their “Sweet Shadow” tour, where they will play some of their hit songs such as “Bawat Kaluluwa,” “Come Inside of my Heart,” and “Dulo ng Hangganan.” For fans hoping to see Phum and IV of Spades performing together, the group says that it won’t happen as they are “too shy” to be able to sing with him.
When asked about how will they prepare for the act, the group never neglects the importance of practice, and of course, filling their stomachs with their energizer —pizza.
Keeping the fire alive
With all the achievements under its belt—awards, international concerts, and even sharing the stage with international artists (they were the opening act during Panic at the Disco’s recent concert in the country, and part of the artists’ set at the first-ever Nickelodeon’s Slime Fest held in the Philippines this year)—the group’s attitude and perspective when it first stepped into the music scene hasn’t changed. All they want to do is to create music and share it with people.
“We’re always grateful and humbled. We never took advantage of what we have right now,” IV of Spades says. In every act, the group says they make sure they give out their best for their music and for the people who watching and listening to them. “The whole tour experience is full of joy and happiness. We always try to outdo ourselves and the tour is part of learning.”