The Juans greeted 2017 on a rockin’ note after bagging home the Original Song of the Year by a Group or a Duo for their coming-of-age anthem “Prom” during the 2nd Wish 107.5 Music Awards.
The light pop-rock track is part of their self-titled debut EP, which established the young OPM act as a perky pop band capable of producing strings of LSS-worthy cuts (i.e. “Magkasama” and “Atin ang Mundo”).
However, for their sophomore effort, The Juans are taking a turn and giving heavier-themed songs a try.
“This time, it’s gonna be more heartbreaking. We’re going to have heartbreaking songs that are very different from the first ones, which were generally happy and hopeful. For our new album, we’re crushed and broken,” singer/keyboardist Carl Guevarra shared in a WISHclusive radio interview last March 1.
Though the band hinted on what their fans, the Juanistas, can expect on their brand new album, they did not reveal its release date yet.
While waiting for the upcoming record, The Juans are offering their fans their latest single. “Nasayang Lang,” released via Viva Records, fits as a transitional track that ushers listeners into the band’s hugot-filled period.
According to Carl, “the song is for people who would give their hundred percent for love, and would get zero in return.”
The band staged a WISHclusive performance of the song, along with their covers of labelmate Sarah Geronimo’s “Kilometro,” Jonas Blue’s tropical house hit, “Perfect Strangers,” and Bruno Mars soulful smash, “Versace on the Floor.”
Besides their single and new album, the band also talked about their music-making process.
“Usually, I and Japs would come up with the melody and some words, and we’d propose it to the boys. Then, we’ll collaborate inside the studio in terms of arrangement, how we want it to sound, how we want it to go. We do the revisions together,” Carl said, adding they “also do brainstorming like listing down the words or concepts they want to see.”
Their Roadshow guesting earned the hashtag #TheJuansOnWishRoadshow a spot in the local trends list.
The Juans were no strangers to the Wish 107.5 Bus. During their first visit, they delighted Wishers with the 2016 Philpop entry they interpreted, “Binibini sa MRT.” They also took part in the Wish 107.5 Ultimate Fandom Challenge together with the Juanistas, and emerged as the competition’s 2nd runner-up’s.
The gents hope to continue their streak of accomplishments in 2016 this year as they wish to inspire ordinary “Juans” to pursue their dreams through the band’s own success story.