With a gamut of music influences that range from alternative pop to jazz, soul to rock music, the vowels they orbit offer a sophisticated, radio-friendly sound that has been consistently met with positive acclaim. The new indie band has managed to build their own identity by writing songs laced with soulful arrangements and captivating melodic instincts, which is evident on their debut single “Selos,” which peaked at number 2 on Spotify Philippines’ Viral 50 charts and gained airplay on alt radio station Jam 88.3.
One can easily trace the vowels they orbit’s early beginnings in University of Santo Tomas, back when they were students trying their luck on getting small gigs and performing in open mic venues. Nikka Melchor on vocals and rhythm guitar, Hannah Dela Cruz on keyboards and vocals, Jeremy Sayas on drums and vocals, Gene Santiago on lead guitars and Patch Javier on bass guitars eventually bonded over multiple jamming sessions in Cavite, which led to the formation of the band.
They eventually earned their break after Soupstar Entertainment’s Darwin Hernandez heard their demos upon the recommendation of his brother, Moonstar88 and 6cyclemind guitarist Herbert Hernandez. This prompted the management head to sign them into their roster which includes Sandwich, Pedicab, Moonstar88, 6cyclemind, Gracenote and Imago.
With support from one of the biggest independent management teams, the vowels they orbit instantly gained traction with well-received performances at 7-Eleven Rock Back to School: Build Your Own Concert tour, performing as front acts for bands such as Autotelic, Gracenote, and December Avenue, and as well as one of the guest acts for American pop-rock sensation, Against The Current’s concert in the Philippines. At present, the Soupstar upstarts are currently signed under Sony Music Entertainment.
Melchor, Dela Cruz, Sayas, Santiago and Javier are set to release their upcoming EP this year. Among the tracks to be included are the carrier single “Selos” and other gig favorites such as “Kiliti,” “Pasa” and “Bumubulong.”
Here is the vowels they orbit performing “Selos” live: