Working On New Songs & Covers (Plus Free Demo Track)

So sorry to everyone reading this, I realize haven’t posted in weeks. I’m working on some new material for my upcoming EP, “Scheme Of Consciousness”, and I’ve done vocals for three songs so far. I’m also working on a cover song by a fave Japanese pop-rock band. Shuffling all these with being a full-time dad and husband can seem like a daunting task, but I’m not complaining. I get to be with my family everyday and do what I like while running our freelancing business.

Confession: I didn’t make the RPM Challenge 2015 deadline, which is the end of February. But I did finish an ambient/glitch/experimental EP for my side project Canfreed, with the album cover photo shot by the lovely Ayla Marie Martin from the UK-by-way-of-the-US.

Both the new single by CERUMENTRIC, “Hypocrites” and the new EP by Canfreed, “Metropolis Of The Lost” will be out on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, Deezer, and Soundcloud soon. Keep posted. 🙂

For the meantime, here’s the demo version of “Hypocrites” for free download: https://www.sendspace.com/file/kq2b5m 

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If you’re interested in knowing more about what I do in between the music, I’m on Facebook: http://facebook.com/cerumentric

I’m also on Twitter, but you probably know that already: http://twitter.com/CERUMENTRIC

I’d be stoked to hear greets from you. It’ll make my day. 🙂

Goodbye Cynics: Song Lyrics and Story Behind The Song

Goodbye Cynics
(words and music by Erick A. Fabian, Sr.)

Everything about what’s wrong with the world
Is everything that’s wrong with everyone
I am no exception

I am part of the problem
But don’t believe anyone
Who claims to have the answers

Crush the world
Inside my only hope

Shatter every misconception
By ignoring them
Keep on doing what works for you

Opinions are for the lazy
Who can afford to do nothing
Eloquent debates won’t change the world

But kindness will

(Copyright 2014 TicTiger! Productions)

This song was written in late 2013, right when I was finishing the last few legs of our series of gigs that lasted for three years. As with most songwriters, I write from what I feel more than what I think. At that moment, there was this feeling that I have spread myself too thin. After a number of performances that earned praise from accolades and new fans alike, I started feeling exhausted from gigging, going from one town to another by bus, hauling a suitcase full of instruments, and getting deadbeat gigs from asshole organizers and promoters.

I also had to deal with the frustration I felt with people in the social activism scene who spent most of their time arguing and debating over seemingly petty matters that are not part of why we were involved in social activism in the first place. I began to miss the activist punks of my time who, with very little planning and deliberation, can still set up successful events and activities that get to the point of what we were all about as promoters of social justice and human rights in the Philippines.

On my part, I’m also experimenting with the direction of my music. I feel like I have pushed the synthpop-meets-punk sound to the limit of my abilities as a musician, and I want to try unfamiliar ground. Or at least, I want to take something familiar and push it into unexpected places. We’ll see where the music will take us. I hope you’ll be interested enough to see it through with me.

Gloom Antidote – The First 2015 CERUMENTRIC Mixtape

When the world gets me so overwhelmed, I look for a safe place to hide in. Sometimes it’s not a literal place, because I get stuck in Manila’s horrendous traffic jam from time to time. This is where music becomes a refuge. Here’s a simple mixtape I made to hopefully help you get through your own blues and remind you that there is so much to celebrate, one of them being alive. Enjoy.