Honoring the timeless music of the Eraserheads, SB19 and NOBITA have released their versions of Christmas Party and Magasin with contemporary flair.
Remember when Ely Buendia promised an Eraserheads reunion? Well, it was fulfilled last night, when the OPM rock legends held their Huling El Bimbo concert to a crowd of an estimated 75,000 at the SMDC Festival Grounds in Parañaque. Crowds of excited and passionate fans, including celebrities and political figures, flocked to the venue to see the Eheads performing together for the first time after eight long years. Ely was joined with his bandmates Buddy Zabala, Raimund Marasigan, and Marcus Adoro in a euphoric and nostalgic night where they treated the attendees with their renditions of Pinoy favorites Ligaya, Alapaap, Overdrive, With A Smile, and Ang Huling El Bimbo among other hits.
And to commemorate the indubitable success of what seems to be the Eraserheads’ final reunion concert, top OPM acts SB19 and NOBITA released their revamped versions of Eheads’ tracks Christmas Party and Magasin, respectively, today. Infusing it with their own contemporary styles, SB19 and NOBITA put a fresh spin on the OPM classics, giving a unique and satisfying listening experience that rightfully pays homage to the enduring legacy of the Eraserheads.
HONORING THE ERASERHEADS
Released today under Sony Music Entertainment, the revamped versions made by the P-Pop kings, SB19, and Filipino alternative rock band, NOBITA, are a celebration of the iconic music of the Eraserheads while giving it a fresh flavor that appeals to today’s audiences.
With Christmas Party, SB19 turns the original Fruitcake track into a complete festive banger as the chart-topping pentad incorporates elements of dance-pop, R&B, hip-hop, and modern funk into the mix while still nodding to the song’s nostalgic energy and vibe. Their dynamic and vibrant rendition is produced by August Rigo, who is also responsible for some of BTS’ biggest global hits like On and Black Swan.
“The Eraserheads are one of the most influential bands of our time,” shares SB19, who recreated the Eheads music in the middle of their world tour. “We retained everything that’s great about the song, but made sure to add our own creative direction in terms of overall sound. There’s a balance of artistic liberty and compromise in the way we approach the material, and we’re definitely happy with how it turned out.”
Meanwhile, the five-piece Pinoy band NOBITA, whose Ikaw Lang is Spotify’s most-streamed song in the country, gives The Eraserheads’ hit single Magasin a jazz-pop treatment, complementing the song’s upbeat and heavily melodic arrangement with the endearing hugot energy that they’re known for.
“We grew up listening to and playing Eheads songs,” says the indie band in a statement. “NOBITA heavily draws inspiration from their music, especially their brand of songwriting. Their work has shaped us into where we are now, and we’re forever grateful to their enormous contribution to OPM artists, young and old.”
On top of the revamped version, fans will also get to enjoy some immersive music experience with the re-release of five of the Eraserheads’ legendary albums in full 360-degree spatial sound including Ultraelectromagneticpop!: The 25th Anniversary Remastered Edition, Circus (25th Anniversary Remastered), Cutterpillow, Fruitcake, and Sticker Happy.