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The Kuwagos

Rochelle Park, New Jersey, United States

Rochelle Park, New Jersey, United States
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE KUWAGOS’ SECOND ALBUM DEBUTS FEBRUARY 20
Soulworks Records artists to debut “Lagi sa Kama” during release party at Fontana’s in NYC

Bergenfield, NJ (February 2, 2010) – The Filipino-American rock band The Kuwagos are scheduled to debut their second album, “Lagi sa Kama,” on Saturday, February 20 during a release party at Fontana’s Bar in New York City starting at 7 p.m.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band, along with its record label Soulworks Records, will be giving away a very special EP download of re-mastered classic songs from their first album, self titled The Kuwagos, for free through their website www.thekuwagos.com on Friday, February 19 only.

“Everyone at Soulworks Records is very excited about this release by The Kuwagos,” said Ted Reyes, Soulworks’ President/CEO. “We are confident all their fans will be as pleased with this album as we are.”

The Kuwagos have also released the music video of its first single, also titled “Lagi sa Kama,” off the new album on its website and on YouTube (search Lagi sa Kama). The video was directed by Sheryl Garcia-Reyes.

“We are extremely excited about this album,” lead singer Gatche Ignacio said. “It has been a few years since our first release and we can’t wait to debut this album for our fans. The free download opportunity is as a thank you for our loyal fans and a way for us to generate new ones. I’d like to thank everyone at Soulworks Records for making this possible.”

The new album will be available to purchase as a digital download via www.digstation.com at the band’s website (www.thekuwagos.com) and at Fontana’s during the release party. The album will be released on iTunes on a separate date that will be announced.

Fontana’s is located at the edge of Chinatown on the Lower East Side at 105 Eldridge Street between Broome and Grand. Visit www.fontanasnyc.com for directions. There is a $10 cover charge. You must be 21 years old to enter. Two amazing local bands, Mystic Artigan and CO5 will be opening for The Kuwagos.

In addition to Ignacio, lead guitarist Mark Anthony Lopez, bassist Jeff Wiley, and drummer Marc Dunhill Lacsamana make up The Kuwagos. The band originated when Ignacio, Lopez and Lacsamana, all natives of the Philippines, met at a local gig in New Jersey.

Soulworks Records is the premiere Filipino-American independent recording company headed by artists. It has released some of the most important music in the history of Filipino-American music. It's philosophy is unlike any other record company as it is centered around the artists more than anything else. It has expanded its operations in the Philippines, therefore guaranteeing any Fil-Am artist will get exposure in the Philippines.
- Greg Wiley


If you’ve never had the unusual and delightful pleasure of flying and dancing at the same time, then you don’t know what you’re missing.

I finally got my hands on a copy of The Kuwagos’ new album Lagi Sa Kama, and that is what it did to me on the first listen. It made me dance first, and then, before I knew what was happening, I was flying.

I mean, on the inside, anyway. But if I could Icarus myself a pair of wings, I’d strap those babies on, hit “repeat play” on this album, and take off for the friendly skies. Hello, sun, I’m coming to see you, propelled by The Kuwagos’ kick-assness.

The Bergenfield, N.J.-based Filipino-American (Fil-Am) rock band released Lagi Sa Kama (Soulworks Records) on February 20, 2010, a date that will go down in the history of Filipino-American music.

Fans and friends have been waiting 3 years for the band’s second album to come out, after The Kuwagos made a cannonball of a splash in the Fil-Am music scene, turning heads and eliciting warm-hearted laughter with the tongue-in-cheek humor in their self-titled debut album (The Kuwagos, Soulworks Records), which launched in January 2007. The first album captured the attention and imagination of Fil-Am music fans as it humorously and insightfully depicted the daily struggles and challenges that immigrant Filipinos face in the United States.

The band’s trademark fun, quirky, yet straightforward music sensibility shines through on Lagi Sa Kama as well. With this 7-track album, there is a more relaxed feel where the band takes the time to sculpt each song with a more careful, discerning ear than before.

From the bluesy yet staccato beat-laced opening rock number “Hotdeng Darling” to the sexy, laid-back English-Tagalog mixed title song “Lagi Sa Kama”, The Kuwagos exhibit wittiness and keen intelligence in their song crafting. My favorite track on the album, hands down, is the beautiful “Halik”, an ethereal and utterly lovely creation reminiscent to me of The Cure or Erasure, lending credence to the notion that The Kuwagos are far more than just your average garage rock band.

Each element in the album, from frontman Gatchie Ignacio’s clear, distinctive vocals and steady basslines, to drummer Marc Lacsamana’s well-placed beats and military precision, to lead guitarist Mark Anthony (Cho) Lopez’s catchy, addictive riffs has been treated with care and love. The result: a collection of organically progressive songs that stretch far beyond the band’s initial punk rock inclination.

For once, and this has never happened to me before, I find myself loving every single song in an album. There is not one track in the Lagi Sa Kama album that I can willingly skip over, nor do I. From start to finish, it is a feast for the ears, mind, and heart.

Oh, and if you’re a little behind on your Tagalog, now would be a good time to brush up on it, or learn the language for the first time. Lagi Sa Kama is sung almost entirely in Tagalog, with the exception of English lyrics in the title track, “Lagi Sa Kama”.

Mabuhay!

For a copy of the Lagi Sa Kama album please contact The Kuwagos on their website. www.thekuwagos.com - Feliza Mirasol


Discography

Albums: Lagi Sa Kama (2010); The Kuwagos (2007)
Compilations: Rocky Yuletide 2 "Kasama Ka" (2007); Leyte: The Benefit CD "Hindi Ako Lalayo" (2006); Rock In The Box Vol. 1
"Eh Ano Ngayon" (2006)

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The Kuwagos are a Filipino-American band based out of Bergenfield New Jersey. They are currently working on music for their third album. They had a successful album launch show at Fontana's Bar in New York City on February 20th to celebrate their newest album "Lagi Sa Kama". A great set with a great atmosphere lead to a great show.
The Kuwagos have also opened for Filipino groups that have toured the United States. These acts include Barbie Albalmis, Bamboo, and Parokya Ni Edgar.
The band originated when Gatchie Ignacio, Cho Lopez and Marc Lacsamana, all natives of the Philippines, met at a local gig in New Jersey. In late 2009 Jeff Wiley joined the band taking up the duties of bassist. Gatchie will take the guitar once again along with their lead guitarist Cho Lopez.