THREE Saturdays ago, I figured 103.5 Max FM’s Tunog Kalye underwent a sudden reformat because I thought I heard a foreign band play an attention-getting song over the airwaves. Tunog Kalye is exclusively intended for Original Pinoy Music (OPM) so to hear a foreign band came as a surprise. I later discovered that the band responsible for the catchy song, “Beautiful Day” is Zavanna, a Filipino band with an international flare.
Honestly, I’ve been visiting Zavanna’s website (http://www.zavannaband.co.cc) for five days now just to hear “Beautiful Day” over and over again since their album is not yet out. According to the band, “My Life” (the title of their album) is still on its polishing stage.
Of course, the main attraction in the band is the excellent vocal range of Zavanna’s vocalist Carl (think Jon Bon Jovi) but aside from the vocal aspect, I also like the amazing guitar skills of Edward.
During Zavanna’s guest stint on Tunog Kalye, I experienced firsthand their music which I describe as new and distinctly different. It may be reminiscent of the past decade’s haunting glam rock hits but it’s still totally different from what other bands these days have to offer. Initially, British producer, Neal Shepherd, wanted to release “My Life” internationally but Zavanna dudes suggested it be released in the country first since they want to share their music with their fellowmen.
In a conversation with the band, they mentioned Def Leppard, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, and Bon Jovi are their major influences.
“It’s just really Glam Rock. That’s what came out on our album. We wanted it a little bit heavier but it’s just Glam Rock. Somehow listening to all those bands took effect. In our subconscious level it was sleeping but when the opportunity arrived, it leaped out,” Zavanna shared.
Although the band has what it takes to make the cut in the international scene, they definitely still categorize their music as OPM because all the songs in their album were written by Carl.
“We’re just average musicians but we strive to get that sound. If people think we sound foreign, I think it’s not only our success but the success of everybody. It means we Filipinos are capable of producing a sound that is of international quality,” they quipped.