IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!" & mural reveal - The Multi-Hobbyist

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!" & mural reveal

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro
IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!" & mural reveal

Last January 18th, IV of Spades surprised everybody with their debut album called, "ClapClapClap!" And it wasn't until January 27th that the trio got to celebrate the launch with their fans.



IV of Spades is a Filipino indie band who made waves in the local music industry in the past few years with their pop-funk and funk rock musical style. These talented boys not only make groovy tunes—they also make them while dress impeccably with vintage clothing, reminding us of the good old ‘70s — turtlenecks, bell bottoms, round glasses and all.

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IV of Spades consists of Zild Benitez, the band’s lead vocalist (after Unique Salonga ’s departure in 2018) and bassist, Blaster Silonga on lead guitars, and Badjao de Castro on drums.
Zild, Blaster, and Badjao are not entirely newbies in the music industry. All of them are sons of musicians, and in fact, Zild and Blaster were both contestants for the hit noontime show Eat Bulaga’s Music Hero segment, of which Blaster became the grand champion.

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IVOS was already starting to reach the peak of the careers (albeit fast) when Unique suddenly announced his departure towards the latter part of 2018. Many were dumbfounded, especially the fans when they learned of this. But eventually, everybody has accepted and moved forward. Especially now that both IV of Spades and Unique are doing well in their musical ventures.

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

Fast forward to 2019, IV of Spades is starting the year right, and with a brand-new album called ClapClapClap!, which can also signify a job well done for these guys after going through so much in the past.

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

Last January 27, IV of Spades held an album signing at the Eton Centris Walk Open Grounds for the fans who stayed and believed in them no matter what. And like the title of their album, the band received ClapClapClap and so much more from their fans. 


Hours earlier, the band was already at the venue doing interviews and taking it easy.

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

Here's us, waiting for the event to start. 😎

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

The event was scheduled to start at 2 pm, yet fans flocked to the venue several hours before. Some lined up as early as 8 am, with their parents and/or grandparents in tow.

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

The event started with a short chit chat with Wish 107.5 FM DJs.

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro
  
And true to IVOS’ fashion, the band had two surprises for everyone: First is a mural reveal of ClapClapClap! By Davies Paints at one of Eton Centris’ walls, and an exclusive meet-and-greet with the trio. The latter had a twist, as only the fans who purchased an album with a spade sticker inside can only enjoy.


IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

After the mural reveal, the band held an interview at the Wish 107.5 FM’s iconic bus detailing the process of creating their newest album, as well as answering questions from a few fans. According to Zild, it was bittersweet, but the process was overall a pleasant experience.


IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro


IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

During the event, fans were also able to express how IV of Spades was able to inspire and motivate them to do their best, especially academically, with one fan saying he persevered and managed to be a valedictorian, thanks to the group. The band, in return, thank their fans for their continuous support, especially for those who came to the event to celebrate with them as they launch their newest album.


IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

Only 500 fans were allowed to meet and greet the trio. At one point, Badjao even asked two guys who look a lot like him to sit beside him, which of course made everyone laugh.

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

Official band merchandise was also available at the venue.

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

ClapClapClap! is composed of 15 tracks, including a track of the same name as their album, “Come Inside”, “Sweet Shadow”, the crowd favorite “Take That Man”, “My Juliana”, which is a ballad-y track, and of course “In My Prison”.

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

More photos from IV of Spades' "ClapClapClap!" album launch:


IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

IV of Spades launches their debut album "ClapClapClap!", Zild Benitez, Blaster Silonga, Badjao de Castro

Special thanks to Warner Music Philippines.

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