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My apologies for not updating my blog for over a week. I was so pre-occupied with our album relaunch that happened last Thursday.

Why the relaunch?

Here’s the thing: Candy and I are pretty controlling. Well, kind of. It’s just that we were hoping our previous suppliers would be able to execute our idea. Our mistake was to allow our previous management to handle it themselves. Even after saying “MAKE SURE THE MATERIAL IS CORRUGATED CARDBOARD” in all caps, when we got the albums they were made of this ridiculously flimsy material. Of course because we weren’t handling the production ourselves, there was no more time to fix it. We were heartbroken because we worked so hard on conceptualizing it, shooting the actual in-lay booklet (it’s all handwritten), getting artist JP Cuison to collaborate with us for the artwork, etc. After we launched it, we let it go because people were nice enough and happy enough with the songs that nobody complained about their albums getting completely flattened in their bags.

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And then it started: we were getting messages about some CDs not working at all. OMG, I thought. WHERE DID OUR MANAGEMENT GET THESE CRAPPY SUPPLIERS?? It was a logistical nightmare. There was a total of about 30 completely blank CDs. We were so embarrassed.

Still, the demand for the album was there. We finally decided to do it right a second time. Candy and I did everything ourselves, from looking for the best suppliers to actually assembling the albums ourselves. I personally checked each and every CD before packing them in their box. The rest of the band took care of making sure we had 2 new tracks to offer them for the relaunch.

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I even made the poster for the event myself

Aren't you so proud of me???

Aren’t you so proud of me???

I’m so happy we did the event because it just proves how awesome our supporters are. I was trying to be realistic because there were no more weekends left in Saguijo so our event fell on a Thursday. I told the band not to expect too much given that our initial launch last July broke sales records in Saguijo. Tough act to follow!! So I was really surprised when people started pouring into the bar. It was one of the hottest nights in Manila and I don’t mean that in a Paris Hilton way. That outdated reference was totally not hot, by the way. It was literally hot with barely a breeze. But the crowd braved it, turning our home base into a sauna once again. We wanted to give you quality products and here’s a second chance at giving you your money’s worth.

The new album has two absolutely new tracks (Drunk + Cube)! Drunk was recorded at La Balls Studio with Nick Lazaro, and Cube was a product of amazing technology. Jim recorded the instruments in our home office and then I recorded my vocals. He sent it to Ernest for more guitars and mixing, Candy recorded her vocals at the JAM 88.3 studio a day before the song’s deadline (I don’t think I’m supposed to be disclosing this information but oh well), Ernest put everything together and mixed it, sent it back to me so I could send it to the supplier for printing. Actually, my recording was supposed to just be a guide for Candy to think of a counter-melody. But she told me not to do a second take anymore because she loved it already. Overall, the rawness of it always makes me cry. Try to check it out! Although, we’re not making it available online for a while so it’s exclusive for buyers of the new version of our album. More info on how to get your hands on it at the end of this post.

Thanks to all the bands that played with us at the relaunch!!

Fools and Foes | Photo by  JD Valdez

Fools and Foes | Photo by JD Valdez

Rusty Machines | Photo by Nicky Aureo

Rusty Machines | Photo by Nicky Aureo

The Strangeness | Photo by  JD Valdez

The Strangeness | Photo by JD Valdez

Musical O | Photo by  JD Valdez

Musical O | Photo by JD Valdez

Thanks to our road manager Jhoi and Al of Support Local Indie Scene for manning our merch booth!! Follow SLIS on Instagram, they post daily local gigs!

Shirts for sale!! | Photo by  JD Valdez

Shirts for sale!! | Photo by JD Valdez

Photo by  JD Valdez

Photo by JD Valdez

Photo by Nicky Aureo

Photo by Nicky Aureo

Photo by  JD Valdez

Photo by JD Valdez

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Photo by Nicky Aureo

Photo by Nicky Aureo

Photo by  JD Valdez

Photo by JD Valdez

SNAPCHATCHATCHATCHAT | Photo by Nicky Aureo

SNAPCHATCHATCHATCHAT | Photo by Nicky Aureo

Shirt by linyalinya.ph hehe | Photo by Nicky Aureo

Shirt by linyalinya.ph hehe | Photo by Nicky Aureo

As the photographer, Nicky, captioned this: "May worship service sa Saguijo kagabi" LOL

As the photographer, Nicky, captioned this: “May worship service sa Saguijo kagabi” LOL

HIGH FIVES | Photo by Nicky Aureo

HIGH FIVES | Photo by Nicky Aureo

Kyle joined us onstage to play keys | Photo by Nicky Aureo

Kyle joined us onstage to play keys | Photo by Nicky Aureo

SO FUN | Photo by Nicky Aureo

SO FUN | Photo by Nicky Aureo

Photo by Nicky Aureo

Photo by Nicky Aureo

SOBRANG SAYA, guys. Watch this video I posted on Instagram:

LOVE YOU GUYS #CheatsAlbumRelaunch

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Thanks again to everyone who came out and celebrated with us!! If you weren’t able to get a copy of the album and if you want our shirts, you can visit our shop on Facebook :)

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♥,
Saab

Saab

17 Comments

  1. Reply

    rixbajns

    April 21, 2016

    Wow. I loved Cube the first time I heard it, I now love it even more after knowing that it was packed with awesome TEAMWORK!
    You just amaze me even more, learning how hands-on you all had been on it. Hope you never change, even when the “time” comes. You know, when you don’t really need to do these all on your own.
    I’m always curious at what goes on “behind-the-scenes”, and thank you for feeding me with more than I need.
    Btw, the CD’s are in wma format, so it doesn’t work in some DVD/CD players here. But thx to technology, I was able to convert them to MP3, and made copies for my lappy and my phone. I can’t say anything else. I don’t love your album just because you were there, but because, all of u in the band are all talented. Love u lots, Saab and CHEATS. Thanks for a great memory. You were much nicer than I expected!

    (Cheats ba dahil gumagamit kay ng cheats sa game????! Lol)

    • Reply

      Saab

      April 22, 2016

      HEYYYY THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING!!!!!!!! I’m glad you enjoyed that little BTS tidbit as well :) I think I’ll always be hands-on with anything I do hehe. Thanks also for the heads up about the CD format, note taken for our next release :)

      Much nicer than you expected?? Hahahaha

      Yes, we all love video games pero di naman kami lagi nagchi-cheat hehehe. Si Jim cheater lang talaga sa board games. Lel

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      rixbajns

      April 22, 2016

      Kasi I’ve been reading posts about you being cool and pleasant sa fans. I didn’t expect na uber bait mo to everyone… Hehe… Congratulations on all ur achievements!

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    Kitty

    April 21, 2016

    OMG!!!! I’ve been checking your blog everyday and waiting for your post. HAHA! So bitin!!! Happy for you and the rest of Cheats! Congratulations Saab! #pizzaforlife

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      Saab

      April 22, 2016

      Thank you so much!!:)

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    may

    April 21, 2016

    hi saab ur amazing as usual, im based here in sg pero twing my gig kau dto overseas ako, hope to catch u and cheats soon!! amazing passion!! xo

    ps.ang cute ng fitbit mo :)

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      Saab

      April 22, 2016

      THANKS!!!

  4. Reply

    Real

    April 21, 2016

    Di kami informed na dapat naka Coachella outfit levels para less clothing, more sweat ang peg. Hahahaha! Thanks so much for signing my copy!!! Special thanks to Tito Jimwell! HAHAHA I can’t post sa Facebook or Instagram kase naka “sick leave” ako nun. LOLOLOLOL But here it is: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CgD0TP6UIAAvQP7.jpg:large

    Thanks for the awesome gig experience, CHEATS! <3

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      Saab

      April 22, 2016

      I LOVE IT!!! Thanks so much for coming!!!

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    Dawn Viray

    April 22, 2016

    Hey girl, I just ordered a CHEATS shirt!!! I’m sooooooo excited!!!!

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      Saab

      April 22, 2016

      LOVE ITTTTTTT

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    Jam

    April 22, 2016

    Waaaah! Ang saya. SHOCKS! Im so so so excited to get my orders na, Saab! (Yay parang close lang, maka-Saab naman ako. hahaha) Been waiting for it for 2 days na, your FB page told me they sent my orders na last wednesday. HAHAHA. ERRR Seryoso, excited ako kapag tumatahol na dogs namin, kasi feeling ko andiyan na yung magdedeliver ng orders. BUT WAIT, nagmessage yung FB page niyo, just now. Upon checking daw it says my order is on hold.HUHUBELS. It says “unknown consignee”. LUH, bakeet? But anyway, thanks for checking tho, i’ll wait for it na lang. BTW I enjoy reading your blog. :)
    Happy weekend!

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      Saab

      April 22, 2016

      Ako yung ka-chat mo sa Cheats Facebook page!!!<3 Thanks for your patience! Xend kasi eh!!! Hahaha

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    Ayeesha Dicali

    April 25, 2016

    I love the design of the packaging. Too cute for words!

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      Saab

      April 27, 2016

      Glad you like it :)

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    SlickMaster

    May 18, 2016

    Too bad, I wasn’t able to spend the night at saGuijo but nevertheless, I still got the copy of this NEEEEEEWWWW album of yours. 12 tracks, and even if Cube (track#12) didn’t make it on the printed tracklist, still it’s a good thing I managed to check it here on your blog post. Wohoooo! Now I could finally reconfigure this on my playlist!

    The packaging and content (CD itself) just got better! I’ll have this stuff signed soon!

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      Saab

      May 23, 2016

      YAYYYY GLAD YOU GOT A COPY!!

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