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Familiarity: the Debut Album from Runway Crimes

Familiarity: the Debut Album from Runway Crimes

Denise Magtoto August 22, 2018 Music & Culture

Long after releasing their self-titled EP in 2014, Runway Crimes is set to debut their long-anticipated 11-track album entitled Familiarity on August 25, 2018 at Social House Makati.

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The band formed in the latter part of 2009 with a different line up. They were just a group of friends who decided to form a band because of their passion for music. After a few member changes and brief hiatus, the band decided to work on their first ever album.


More than just charming faces and skins covered in tattoos, the musicians – frontman Paolo Tabuena, keyboardist Philip Verzosa, guitarists Chaco Cruz and Matthew Warren, bassist Martin Hocson and drummer Paolo Owyong – were definitely more than meets the eye.


They started recording at Glasstone Studio in mid-2017 which was engineered by Normand Yu. Subsequently, the production was led by Emil De La Rosa of Campsite Recordings.
This full-length release is a collection of experiences that also features relatable songs and harmonic music elements.



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Familiarity is a body of work that plays around genres such as Rock, New Wave and Soul. Titled 2600 and The Astronaut, these two tracks of the album include collaborations with Steve Badiola of Typecast and Gabby Alipe of Urbandub.


This album moves into expanded organic and layered synthetic sounds, often stirring hybrid which is reminiscent of the post-hardcore and pop punk era. Martin and Chaco share that after experiencing the ups and downs that come with being in a band, they are more than ecstatic to release their first album.


Born from the MTV generation, the lyrics were written by the uncanny duo, Tabuena and Verzosa. In the course of the four-year span, the words stem from personal experiences, melodic musical palette and fascination with film and literature. With dynamic chord progression and a powerful balance of constructed sounds, Runway Crimes opens up to cinematic soundscapes and headbanging tunes that will evoke a sense of nostalgia to the early 2000s rock fans and at the same time reintroduce this sound to a younger generation.


Philip says:

“From making the music with the whole band to writing the lyrics with Pao, I truly felt how fulfilling it was to finally hear the album in full. I’m excited to share all the tracks especially Unchartered Waters which is a different take from the rest. We definitely stepped out of our comfort zone in creating Familiarity.”


The local rock act aims to further promote their signature sound and Familiarity is their stepping stone. Lead singer Paolo Tabuena also shares his thoughts on the upcoming album:

“We stuck to our roots and added different elements to write this album. Honestly speaking, I couldn’t be any happier with what we’ve created. The sound hits home for me. I guess this is why we ended up naming it Familiarity.”


Familiarity nudges listeners through a gamut of self-discovery, love, loss, infatuation, deception, lust, despair, rise and fall, blanketing every lyric with a sense of familiarity.

Runway Crimes’ Familiarity will be distributed by Ditto Music. It will be available on Spotify and Apple Music on August 26, 2018.


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