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Uploaded on Oct 15, 2009

Join The Club, a fraternity of four twenty-something seniors, are recruiting OPM-loving listeners who'd want nothing more than to live and learn from the band's punk-rooted, alternative pop confessions of sullied love.
New initiates may have already been taken by the band's chart-climbing hit, "Nobela" which is hungrily devouring air time on FM radio stations across the country. "At aalis/ magbabalik/ at uulitin sabihin/ na mahalin ka't sambitin/ kahit muling masaktan" -they play it and the crowd watches -- not. During live performances, the crowd sings it even louder than Biboy Renia, 23-year old vocalist/guitarist. It has aptly become a Korea-novela ("A Love to Kill") theme song which is aired daily in a major TV station.
The first radio hit is entitled "Lunes", where Renia sings about the fallout --the first day after the Sunday breakup. "Matatanggap ba ako/ kung magbabalik sa iyo/ sakit ng sinapit ay/ please 'wag nang magtampo/ wala man ako nagawa," sings Renia in his signature soprano, which is earnest rather than emo-whiny. It's a fresh, new approach; one that combines the band's affection for story-telling-adapted from the band's addiction to campy 70s rock (Hagibis, Cinderella, VST and Company)-with Beatle-esque/Beach Boy sounds, indie pop, and punk's subgenres.
"It's upbeat, kasi punk-rooted. But its ironic because our songs are about love's fallouts," explains Biboy, whose eyes are hiding behind his dad's retro aviator shades. Adds Join the Club's giddy 21-year old drummer Paolo Santiago, "The songs come naturally because these are based on our personal experiences, kaya madaling maka relate sa mga kanta namin."
That's right. All 12 songs on their debut album, Nobela, are fuelled by each of the guys' rather disastrous experiences with the L-word. But they've managed to translate all their chest pains into melodious songs energized with sugar-high tempos, strong guitar riffs and soft/loud passages. "Mahiwaga" for instance, was already the infatuation song of choice for bloggers back when they released the cheeky punk pop track in 2001, the year Join the Club was formed.
Love sucks, but at least we have Join the Club and their music to phrase things ever so nicely.

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