Electro-rock act Stereodeal has been many things throughout its history. Starting off as a dance-rock four-piece act in 2008, to a three-piece act after a slew of drummer changes, to a massive five-piece act at one point, back to a three-piece…until there was just one. But what this has has proven is that it is a dynamic and flexible unit, able to shift as the times need it.
The one constant throughout all this is singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Adrian Arcega. As the band’s ringleader and de facto creative director, he has kept that balance between explosive anthems and wistful ditties while making sure that Stereodeal keeps its musical energy onstage and on record.
Adrian’s career in the Filipino music scene spans two decades, starting from his stint as a guitarist with critically-acclaimed and Gawad CCP Award-winning indie band The Purplechickens. When he left to form Stereodeal, the goal was always to be equal parts big and intimate; a superposition of states one can attribute this to Adrian’s love of acts as diverse as U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, and New Order.
The independently-released Stereodeal debut album ‘Singularity’ (2015 and reissued in 2018 under Warner Music Philippines) showcased this musical diversity, a multiversal mash-up of spiky guitars, trance-like synthesizers, soaring choruses, and lyricism informed by science fiction, pop culture, and romance. The record featured Marie de Guzman and former Sponge Cola skinsman Chris Cantada on the drums, former Paranoid City frontman Dax Balmeo on guitars, and bassist Dax Gonzaga.
Singularity was co-produced by Adrian with The Dawn’s Francis Reyes, and studio engineer Dodjie Garcia
Stereodeal returns with the dreamily epic new single “Lights Out”: an ode to the stars as the beacon of mankind’s hopes and dreams. One part Madonna, one part Phil Collins, and all parts Carl Sagan, “Lights Out” channels 80s musical nostalgia as Adrian implores listeners to look up and take a collective leap into the future amid the darkness surrounding the world. Originally released in January 2021, “Lights Out” has been remixed and re-recorded, with General Luna guitarist Audry Dionisio as mixing engineer and music legend Ely Buendia doing the final master. The 2022 version also features the country’s Prince of Sax Ian Jacinto in a cosmic performance intertwining with Adrian’s ambient guitar work.
Moving forward, Stereodeal will be anything and everything it can be. Adrian will be joined by a rotating lineup of musicians and collaborators, including drummer and electro geek Peter Tolibas who remains a constant presence along with regular collaborator Japo Anareta (Tanya Markova).
Adrian is excited about the possibilities with this new iteration of Stereodeal. This time it is one without tethers, back to what it was originally dreamed up to be: a singularity, that fixed compressed point where everything exists.
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