Fat, Salt & Flame Album by Sandwich
Sandwich is coming ‘back for more’ with their new album, ‘Fat, Salt & Flame’
One of the local music scene’s leaders on alternative rock marked their 15th year anniversary as a band with the launch of their new album, ‘Fat, Salt & Flame’ at Centris Walk, Eton Centris in Quezon City last April 12.
The album’s name, according to frontman Raimund Marasigan, ‘represents primal elements that are the building blocks for a mind-blowing good time. Myrene (Academia, bassist) came up with the phrase. We were probably talking about a good steak at the time.”
Known as a band that draws and elates crowds to euphoric mosh pits, this is the first time Sandwich recorded an entire album live. “We always wanted to record live, kasi I think we’re a pretty good live band, but we usually record multi-track,” Marasigan said. “This time, we had the luxury of rehearsing – we made and rehearse siguro mga 25 to 30 songs, played them all live, and chose the best nine that we liked, the best songs in our opinion… and we actually recorded the main tracks, all five of us,” he added. All songs were ‘road tested’ for almost a year, a longer time compared to their previous albums. Then all songs were recorded, mixed, and mastered within 15 days at Sound Creation Studios and Tower of Doom – all chronicled in the band members’ Instagram accounts. The band agreed to rehearse then perform the songs, with the luxury of studio time, to get all the songs ‘fleshed out’.
Since all the tracks were recorded live, the band said the songs were not very clean. “You can hear the drums leaking on the microphone, may ‘bleed’. But we were trying to capture the energy more than the feel,” Marasigan explained. “Even in the studio, iba yung dynamic. It’s very technical pero we kept on doing it until it feels right. And for us what feels right is pag kumulot na yung toes mo. ‘Yun na yon.”
The rock quintet also tried to incorporate the right vibe to the songs while in the recording process. Drummer Mark Dizon shared, “Meron pa don, mga naka-shades kami. Mali yung feel nito, dapat naka-shades, kahit gabi.”
The album’s central themes were deconstructed and switched up. Guitarist Mong Alcaraz also described it sounding like ‘earlier Sandwich’. Some of the new things that fans can look forward to are Academia and Alcaraz doing the leading vocals on ‘New Romancer’, written by the latter. The album’s closing track, ‘Manhid’, features a guitar solo from Razorback’s Tirso Ripoll. Ripoll came over to the recording studio unplanned, complete with his equipment, and did his solo all night.
Overall, the band wanted the album as something that they will be proud of, with no regrets or compromise later. They are all grateful that their labels let them exercise their creative freedom to make their own material for the last 15 years. That length of time also strengthened their ties with each other, not just as a band, but also with treating each other as their own family.
And the biggest thing that the band learned throughout all these years? Things will work out well “if you follow your gut, you have passion for what you do, and you work hard.” Also, “part of working hard is knowing where to invest your time, [your] priorities.”
‘Fat, Salt & Flame’ is an album that celebrates not just the band’s successful career in music but also a testament to their own flavor of sound. Here’s an album that guiled their tenacious energy, both on live performances and studio releases. An album that, according to Marasigan, “We’d be excited to play live. Because onstage is where Sandwich is most at home.”
And we cannot agree more.
‘Fat, Salt & Flame’ is now available for digital download on mymusicstore.com.ph and iTunes Philippines. CD is now available nationwide exclusively at AstroPlus/Astrovision released by PolyEast Records.