“Tulong,” the 3rd offering of Sandiwa, tackles the sensitive topic of mental health, and as an advocacy, “Our aim is to raise more awareness, understanding, and acceptance about this issue. As a band, by our art, I think music is a good platform to assist the society to break the stigma of mental health.” The track, set to be released on July 17, is penned by Yeoj Rivera and Gloc-9, arranged by Sandiwa, and produced by Samuel Mopal and Eric Perlas.
The song started as an idea almost two years ago and was completed just before the COVID-19 pandemic took over. It was a good thing that Sandiwa had practiced performing the song and was able to do the recording with Gloc-9 before the lockdown. Yeoj shares, “So during lockdown, we did the mixing process of our song. The band constantly communicated ideas via online on how we can improve the song further, and we were pleasantly surprised of the outcome of the final mix despite the challenges of the current situation.”
Sandiwa is an alt-rock band hailing from the East of Metro Manila. “Gunita,” the band’s debut single released in March 2019, entered Spotify’s Viral 50 playlist a few weeks after its release. “Gunita” was soon followed by another hit single called “Paraya.” Sandiwa was Myx Philippines’ Spotlight Artist for the month of June. The band is composed of Yeoj Rivera, Samuel Mopal, Jeremiah Torda, Harold Tabuno, and Alex Rale. Sandiwa is managed by Ms. Thea Pollisco, under the same umbrella as renowned OPM artist Gloc-9 and hiphop hitmaker Shanti Dope.
Sandiwa’s “Tulong” featuring Gloc-9 will be available in digital music stores starting July 17, 2020.