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Ben&Ben’s new song “Lunod” inspired by drowning incident, COVID-19 experience

Ben&Ben’s most traditional single “Lunod” featuring Zild and Juan Karlos premiered on their YouTube channel on Friday, November 26, 2021.

Filmmaker Jerrold Tarog, identified for Heneral Luna and Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral, directed and edited the tune video.

The whole lot of the clips takes space at El Deposito, a ancient underground water reservoir in San Juan, Metro Manila, that became once constructed in 1896.

Led by the twins, Paolo Benjamin and Miguel Benjamin Guico, the band alongside with Zild and Juan Karlos assign up a successfully-performed performance in a apparently original by no scheme-ending tunnel, as proven within the video.

The ambiance of the positioning, moreover to the dark rock tune association, poetically elevate the tune’s heavy feelings of awe and despair.


“Lunod” became once already written by the band’s vocalist Paolo Benjamin even forward of JK and Zild joined the image.

He became once impressed to jot down the tune when his sister tested obvious for COVID-19.

There became once also a time when any individual nearly drowned at a seaside fronting the band’s condo.

Paolo Benjamin recalled, “‘Yung inspiration kasi ng ‘Lunod’ became once no’ng nagka-COVID yung kapatid namin scheme support. ‘Tapos yung feeling noong awe na iyon.

“Plus yung feeling din ng muntikan nang malunod, kasi since nakatira kami dito sa malapit sa dagat.

“Parang may well per chance merely isang time na muntikan nang mangyari iyon, love final year.

“Parang identical yung feelings pala na yun. Pag nalulunod ka pala, minsan mas nate-tempt ka na sumuko kaysa sa magpatuloy.

“So, yun yung naging inspiration ng tune.”


Pertaining to the band’s collaboration with JK and Zild, vocalist Miguel Benjamin said, “‘Yung work din ni Zild and Juan Karlos, very various din yung soundscape.

“I maintain close to the heavier roughly sound, they’ve had extra expertise in it than we had.

“So, their aid to in actuality bring out that sound, sobrang na-handbook nila kami end’n in a single contrivance kung paano.

“So no’ng ni-file namin doon sa studio sa bahay, kaya iyon napalabas yung heavier sound.”

The community described JK as the energetic ‘mammoth bunso’ on the situation. His ‘artista’ persona may well per chance without exclaim be seen when the digital camera started rolling.

Zild, alternatively, in actuality helped relating to the sound, which he organized in quite a bit of layers. He also has a solo highlight performance within the tune.

Lead guitarist, Poch Barretto, described the heavy sound as a representation of an “aggressive overwhelming feeling” of “nalulunod sa pangangamba.”

The band also commended Direk Jerrold and his team’s attention to detail, particulary within the contrivance they pulled off the manufacturing ways and maximized the sources despite the heavy-dark underground situation.

Miguel Benjamin said, “Direk Jerrold and their team, they’re very very very very detail-oriented.

“As in, even forward of the shoot, alam na nila precisely kung ano yung mga shots.”


The video shots exhibiting the artists being submerged in water with flowers covering their eyes theatrically simulate drowning.

In a press convention on November 26, the band alternatively confessed they didn’t know precisely the that scheme at the support of the flowers and handiest Direk Jerrold may well per chance deliver that.

The most stress-free section of the shoot became once the scene where water became once being poured without extend onto their faces while they lay on the bottom because of they didn’t know when it can well well per chance approach down.

Vocalist Paolo Benjamin jokingly said, “Parang liquid swab test.”

The tune has four versions in accordance to Miguel. The one with the “bipolar remix” displays the assert of rapper-producer Zelijah’s mental health right through the COVID-19 pandemic and after being diagnosed with bipolar dysfunction.

Patricia Lasaten, the band’s keyboardist, said the tune is her current tune within the album because of it highlights the importance of letting the artists be themselves.

Agnes Reoma, bassist, added that the general manufacturing of the tune marked a quantity of ‘first’ for his or her band equivalent to exploring the dark-rock facet of tune, for one.

Paolo said in an interview on YouTube with Papa Gio final December 3, 2021, the tune became once also a message of hope to every person fighting mental health factors.

“Parehong lunod na literal ‘tsaka lunod sa mga thoughts or sa mga awe. Kasi ginamit namin na metaphor ‘yung pagkalunod sa pool or sa dagat bilang pag-record sa kung ano yung feeling kapag nasa isa kang madilim na space, sa mental health mo.”

“Parang gusto naming i-record and that i-send din yung message na hindi ka nag-iisa kapag nando’n ka sa space na iyon [dark place].

“And forestall’n sa dulo ng tune, tungo siya sa pag-ahon kasi yung final line ay, ‘Di na muling malulunod pa.’

“So parang gusto namin mag-send din ng message ng hope na one day, sa paraan mo, makakahanap ka ng scheme para maka-upward thrust above sa madidilim na thoughts na pumapaligid sa iyo kung meron man.”

“Lunod” is section of Ben&Ben’s 2d album Pebble Rental Vol. 1: Kwaderno.

The band held a digital live performance entitled Kuwaderno: A Ben&Ben Online Concert final Sunday, December 5, at Araneta Coliseum.

They also opened their Lunod themed-café Latitude Bean Bar in Malate and its two branches in Quezon Metropolis with mental health-connected activities, equivalent to artwork introduction.

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