Every Step Is Backward

by Pastilan Dong!

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On their second release Every Step is Backward, Pastilan Dong! transitions from Kaloy Olavides' living room experiments into a four-piece firestarter– swathes of angular sonics anchored firmly to the ground as though a chained Prometheus, waiting to set the world ablaze. Theirs is the sound of a slow moving glacier, primitive and monolithic.

But for the immense weight that one "hears," it is the simplicity (or familiarity) that makes the weight bearable (or desirable, even). Pastilan Dong! are a study in contrasts – Wagnerian in scope, forged in Frank Black's quiet-loud-quiet-loud heart. Their sound is the one Kurt refined, filtered through Billy, through Kevin, through the eye of the storm. The violent tenderness in the noise brought into the world by Olavides, Pow Martinez, Alvin Zafra, and Cos Zicarelli is none more evident than the squalls and whispers on 'A Touch Of Might,' easily the album's most ambitious track. It is unabashedly predictable in its ebb and flow; and yet when the wave crashes down, it is always a surprise. The sheer power blindsiding you, keeping you from expecting the thing that you have been expecting. A loving sledgehammer to your temple, the ringing in your ears afterwards.

The great revelation is this: Pastilan Dong! is the opposite of Jazz. Instead of improvisation on top of an established form, Olavides et al color inside the lines with furious strokes. With the glorious racket they make, they may as well paint it black.

-Owel Alvero

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released March 14, 2015

Pastilan Dong! - Every Step Is Backward

Costantino Zicarelli - Bass
Alvin Zafra - Percussion
Kaloy Olavides - Guitar/Mic
Pow Martinez - Guitar

Additional lyrics input by Rachell Tugade-Olavides
Published by MonoSongs

Recorded at Monopond Recording Studio
Produced by Ron Francisco
Cover Design by Aya Francisco
Artwork by Alvin Zafra

(c) 2015 Beat the Robot! Recordings

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