Most times, Roman Maceda and twin brothers Rico and Roque can be discovered jamming absent in their parent’s basement.
On the other hand, the Winnipeg pop-punk trio who variety The 12/21 aren’t just passing the time casually enjoying music — they’re at the moment working on new tunes they approach to launch shortly.
“Right before the pandemic we ended up touring the Philippines about March [last year], so that is when we were being preparing to have substantially even bigger displays and a lot more tunes,” said Roman Maceda. “But the pandemic hit then and I guess we just like arrived back again to Canada.”
The 12/21’s popularity was each on the rise in Canada and in the Philippines. The band toured overseas past calendar year following currently being highlighted on Spotify’s Fresh new Finds and New Tunes lists in 2019 and 2020.
“It truly is a big deal for us,” mentioned the eldest Maceda brother. “Seeing, like, all famous bands in the Philippines or a person of our favorite bands being on Spotify, and now our band title with people well-known bands in the Philippines. It is really a good chance to be there.”
Roman Maceda is the band’s lead singer and guitarist, with younger brothers Rico on bass and vocals and Roque on the drums.
The brothers started off executing collectively as small children, participating in covers of their dad’s favourite rock bands when they lived in the Philippines.
“The 1st band we at any time watched was Queen,” mentioned Roque Maceda. “We just fake to perform the beat of their audio. We established up chairs, pretend which is our drums.”
The brothers moved to Winnipeg in 2008, and since then have only turn out to be a lot more resourceful in their craft, producing original music, mixing and recording them in their home studio.
The 12/21 has obtained accolades on the Canadian audio scene, like profitable the Jim Beam Nationwide Expertise Look for in 2019.
They were being the first Filipino rock band to be highlighted on the cover of the University of Winnipeg’s The Uniter music difficulty in 2018.
The band even opened for Filipino songs icon Arnel Pineda when the Journey lead singer was on a solo tour in Winnipeg in 2017.
“It was enjoyable and a wonderful expertise,” Roman recalled. “That was a single of the first major reveals we had in Winnipeg. That’s like a significant offer, so which is like a good expertise for the band.”
The brothers say having to tour the Philippines previous spring, which incorporated radio station interviews and a dwell effectiveness on big Philippine tv network GMA, was an unbelievable experience.
In February, they signed a history deal with Manila’s Blacksheep Records and Viva Music Team Philippines, and approach to release a new one later this spring.
“Feels good, getting signed for a file label. It truly is a surreal sensation,” Rico mentioned.
Social media and releasing music just about has also meant the band can continue on to continue to keep their trajectory heading although the earth proceeds to reside in a pandemic.
“Now we are recording new tunes,” claimed Roman. “Hopefully, when the travel ban is lifted, we are gonna be flying back again to the Philippines carrying out reveals and gigs there quickly.
“We adore performing music. We adore composing tracks, sharing our enjoy of new music to the audience and folks all around the globe.”
The 12/21’s goal is to release a whole duration album in both equally English and Tagalog by the finish of 2021.