Us-2 Evil-0 Releases Their New Single Karaoke Machine
Manila-based indie-pop band Us-2 Evil-0 returns with a vengeance after an 11-year absence from the music scene
After an 11-year absence since their debut album Dirty Debutantes in 2009, Us-2 Evil-0 is back with a new single! Karaoke Machine is a sugar-coated, melancholic reminder of the “My Way killings.” Since 2002, there have been 12 murders in connection to Frank Sinatra’s song, which all happened in karaoke bars in the Philippines.
Since then, many bars have removed the song as guests wouldn’t dare sing it. Shocked? That’s exactly the vibe they’re going for. The underlying meaning of the song is masked by an upbeat boy-girl harmony that won’t let you get away without swaying. Mayor Isko Moreno may have banned karaoke during this pandemic, but Us-2 Evil-0 says otherwise. Just like the deadly machine, their song carries a catchy bop perfect to get carried away to.
Karaoke Machine is one of the first local releases of Island Records Philippines, which is a huge deal as the record label is known for its iconic lineup of artists: Amy Winehouse, The Specials, Tame Impala and U2.
According to the band, we won’t have to wait another 11 years for new releases. We can expect more from the reunited five-piece indie-pop group comprised of fashion designer-activist Mich Dulce, film director Quark Henares, multi-hyphenate Wincy Ong, artist Nix Puno and musical engineer Bogs Jugo.
The members never stopped being friends despite their separation in 2010. Disbanded but still connected, they spent time chasing individual dreams but ultimately circled back to their musical roots.
And if it weren’t for the pandemic, the band wouldn’t think twice about hopping back on stage! In the meantime, listen to Karaoke Machine up ahead:
It’s an exciting new era for Us-2 Evil-0 and we can’t wait for what’s up ahead, including a music video to be released on YouTube next week!
Words Marga Sibug
Art Matthew Ian Fetalver