After four years, Never The Strangers returns to the local record industry with the release of their new album “Screenburn,” their first album with Universal Records.
The release of this album also marks the introduction of its new members. Never The Strangers is now composed of original members vocalist and keyboard player Ace Libre, guitarist JP Del Mundo, and new members bassist Gab Palanca and drummer Nash Ignacio.
Asked how the change in line-up affected the music of the band, Ace considers the different experiences of Gab and Nash contributed to the new sound of the band. He also notes JP’s uncanny ability to play guitars like a “chameleon.”
Ace also notes maturity in the way the band deals with each other, “we seek to serve the song rather than our egos, which I believe is a sign of maturity. We hear one another out, whether it’s one reaffirming the opinion of another or opposing it.”
Ace expressed that this open communication has helped make the music better.
“The fans can expect a new sound from the new single,” Ace shares. “The single features the band having a go at electronic sounds.”
Ace also describes the upcoming album as having a “more narrative-based showing dressed in a bigger yet more nuanced sound from screenburn.”
“Screenburn” will be launched this June 19, Friday, 7:00 p.m., at the Eastwood Central Plaza.
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