After the release of “Ating Dalawa”, MEGA Entertainment catches up with Over October about their newest single, how they write songs, and why their music isn’t going anywhere
The fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” With that quote used and abused for its eternal relatability, it just proves that in any experience and time, music will always be an effective form of storytelling. And in the OPM scene, Over October continues to write their heartfelt stories on their sleeves with the release of their newest single, “Ating Dalawa”.
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The song, patterned from the promises made in wedding vows, resembles the rhythm and promise of a classic kundiman with its broken-chord strumming and pronounced lyrics. With the backing vocals and added layer of sounds gradually coming into the track, it is indeed a marriage of the old and new love songs familiar to the Filipino heart.
“We wanted to create a song that would resonate with listeners on an emotional level, something that would make them reflect on their own journeys of love and commitment,” the band explained, crediting frontman Josh Buizon for writing the song. Though written and done in a day, “Ating Dalawa” took inspiration from Disney Classics such as Bambi and Sleeping Beauty, as well as the films Up and La La Land.
But what’s a love song that aims to resonate with the Filipino lover without familiarity? “For some reason it felt right to write the song in Tagalog, and the lyrics kind of just came out. The sound of the song as a whole was inspired by Manila sound, and a modern style of kundiman,” Over October pointed out.
As the band grows together with their fans, so does their music. Their first album in 2019, Press Play, captured the sense of adventure and joy of road trips—a feeling that the band knew too well with their experiences during their tour. Following suit was an EP in 2021 called Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow where the band talked about what it’s like questioning life and love.
Now writing about the promise of everlasting love with “Intertwine” and its sequel “Ating Dalawa”, Over October is not just singing about romantic love that transcends the bounds of time.
Their newest single also carries a message to their listeners, new and old. “We want our music to be a part of your journey, hopefully even the soundtrack to your life. Whether you’re celebrating something good or going through a tough time, we hope our songs can be there with you, understanding you on a deeper level,” the band expressed.
Catch Over October with artists Cup of Joe, Any Name’s Okay, and Paolo Sandejas in their Kick Off Tour on May 20 123Block at 6 PM.
Photos and Featured Image: OVER OCTOBER (via Instagram)