Following the release of their latest album “Lourdes 2088” in January, Filipino rock band Moonstar88 is launching their special edition purple-colored vinyl on Saturday, 18 February 2023 at Eton Centris. The concert starts at 7:00 PM but the band will also be hosting a meet and greet and vinyl signing with their fans starting at 4:00 PM.
This is in celebration of Moonstar88’s first album in ten years, as well as the anniversary of the band this month. This is the first vinyl release of the band in collaboration with The Grey Market Records and Backspacer Records.
The album is the first mixed reality album that provides the hybrid experience of music and today’s technology, accentuated by web 3.0 activations made in collaboration with GIGIL Metama, a web 3.0 agency.
“As a band, as much as we’re passionate about music, we’ve always been agile with how we can reach out to our fans and listeners,” explains Maysh Baay, the band’s vocalist. “The band started from the cassette era to CD to streaming/social media and now web3 and a somewhat full circle path to physicals (vinyl and trading cards). We ourselves are ardent art and music fans so we want to give the best experience to our fans. It’s exciting how technology makes that possible for music plus we are so lucky to have the best producers and collaborators for Lourdes 2088.”
About the album
“Lourdes 2088” plays with the idea of a dystopian future (2088) where inventions go beyond the realm of science—even heartaches have a solution in order for people to adapt.
Each track is represented by trading cards that each allude to a certain invention that helps people through emotional breakdowns brought about by heartbreak: the PusoCal (BreakUp Scheduler), ReEMO (Emotional Baggage Recycle Bin and Editor), Freezer (Cryogenic emotional stasis headwear), and more. The art for the trading cards, as well as the aesthetic of the album, is created by Nelz Yumul, the creative brain behind weewilldoodle, the Philippines’ premier doodle/illustration group.
Access to the trading cards is through the band’s vinyl priced at PHP 2,100. A limited Future Edition of the album PHP 3,000 will also be made available, one that grants the vinyl owner access to unique web 3.0 experiences and exclusive Moonstar88 content and perks.
“We will always embrace change just to reach the Filipino people na mahal ang music namin. From tapes to CDs, interactive CD, pop-up album…parang lagi natin mina-maximize anong meron than resisting it,” shares band guitarist Herbert Hernandez. “Kaya ano man ang darating na new format, it could be metaverse or actual bisita sa ibang bansa…ano pang means gagawin namin.”
“Lourdes 2088” is produced by Raymund Marasigan and Buddy Zabala, and recorded, mixed, and mastered by Shinji Tanaka at Kodama Studio.
Lourdes 2088 Tracklist:
Walang Katapusang Luha
Feels So Right
Forever With You
Sumaya Ka Ba Sa Akin
Moonstar88 is an award-winning female-fronted pop-alternative Filipino band known for Pinoy love anthems such as Torete, Migraine, Gilid, Sulat, etc. The band is composed of Maysh Baay (Vocals), Herbert Hernandez (Guitars), Buddy Zabala (Bass) and Bon Sundiang (Drums). They have released 4 albums in the past. Their debut album “Popcorn”, which received warm reviews from critics and was played on both Top 40 and alternative radio stations. “Press to Play” album that brought even more raves and commercial success. “Todo Combo” album with sure-fire hits “Tadhana” and “Migraine” and ”This Year” album which features the singles “Ligaw” and “Gilid”. The album, designed by JP Cusion, also received the ”Best Design Packaging Category” in the adobo Design Awards 2013 as well as AWIT and STAR awards for Music for Best Alternative record. Their songs have over 180 million streams on digital streaming platforms.
Moonstar88 top-billed sold-out concerts locally and internationally such as “Dubai Tagfest Music Festival 2018,” “Okada Manila Malaya Music Fest 2022,” Dubai World Expo 2020 and many others. They are one of the favorite live acts at universities, festivals, corporate shows and other events.
Listen to “Lourdes 2088” on Spotify and Apple Music.
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