Thirteen years ago, members of the Gracenote band first jammed together as students at St. Scholastica’s College of Music— and the rest, as they say, is history.
While it’s not easy to celebrate their anniversary sans live shows and tours, Gracenote made their 13th year memorable through hosting a Zoom kwentuhan and kumustahan with their fans topped with online games and snacks.
“Meron kaming kanya-kanyang snacks sa bahay para kahit papaano nagse-celebrate pa rin kami. Syempre hindi kumpleto ang celebration pag walang food,” Jazz Jorge, the band’s bassist, tells My Pope Philippines.
The quartet also performed its first online gig this year during the Tower Sessions Live at the Tower of Doom. (Read: 3 New Songs by Pinoy Artists That You Need to Hear Right Now)
In an exclusive interview with the My Pope team, Gracenote members Eunice Jorge (vocalist), Jazz Jorge (bassist), EJ Pichay (drummer), and Tatsi Jamnague (guitarist) share how they celebrated their anniversary, what keeps them close, and the things they are most hopeful for once the pandemic ends.
What keeps Gracenote’s chemistry strong?
Being together for years, some might be wondering how they were able to keep their chemistry and friendship tight for so long. For Eunice, she credits their success to the team behind their management, Soupstar Entertainment.
“We have a super team, ‘yung Soupstar… When it comes to the band naman, kaming apat, what I really love about us is ‘yung chemistry namin. We understand each other, we have our own language,” Eunice shares.
For Tatsi, it’s their family-like relationship that keeps their bond strong. “As family, hindi namin pinapabayaan na hindi kami tight sa lahat. Naiintindihan namin yung isa’t isa at inaalagaan namin ang isa’t isa. Iba-iba kami ng karakter, pero nagmi-meet kami halfway,” he says.
How is Gracenote coping with the pandemic?
While the band misses the long rehearsals and staying in close proximity with other members, one thing that the pandemic has not affected is their creativity. If anything, the lockdown even inspired Gracenote to create more music.
Over the course of the quarantine period, the band was able to shoot a music video for their song “Paulit-ulit,” which is part of their third album, Small World. They were also able to record their new single, “It’s Okay To Not Be Okay,” together with another Filipino band, BBS.
However, the pandemic was still not without its challenges. Eunice admits that she struggled for some time during the first few weeks of the lockdown. “Wala sa isip ko ang mag-create. Ang hirap magsulat ng kanta that time,” she shares.
But eventually, she found her groove and inspiration anew. “Nung medyo nakaka-adjust na, I was able to write naman. Mga 10 songs. Ready na for next album,” says Eunice.
Promotions for your album were cut short due to the pandemic. Do you plan to relaunch it in the future?
“Why not?” says Eunice. “Hindi pa namin nama-maximize ‘yung buong plano for Small World. So abangan nyo yung mga ilalabas namin. For now, tulungan nyo kaming i-share ‘yung album sa big world.”
EJ adds that Gracenote is hoping to do the relaunch in Cebu or elsewhere outside Metro Manila once the quarantine eases and mass gatherings are allowed again. (Read: COVID-19: DOH Finds Two ‘Mutations of Concern’ in Cebu)
Their album Small World was launched on February 29, 2020. It was supposed to be the band’s biggest launch but was cut short due to coronavirus-related restraints.
For now, the band is hopeful that they will get to perform live with a “real crowd” again once the pandemic ends. “Yung totoong taong manonood sayo. ‘Yung talagang nakikita mo sila, iba yung pasahan ng energy,” EJ says.