It started as common childhood memory—siblings dressed up in matching outfits and asked to perform at family gatherings and parties. But of course, The Wonggoys didn’t just stop there. From singing in chorus to recording their debut album, having a hit song (that’s Chase The Girl Or Rule The World, for the uninitiated) and doing the opening act for the Jonas Brothers concert in Cebu, the band of brothers is set to offer some fresh homegrown music with the release of their sophomore album, High Hello.
Six years after their first album, I’m Not Sure What To Say But I’ll Say It Anyway, Gabe, Bill, and Kyle Wong are back with new material that’s a departure from the acoustic guitar-driven sound of their previous album, as they showcase a more experimental sound. Still under record label 22 Tango Records, High Hello contains nine new tracks, including the recently released single Weekend, which is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.
Fondly calling themselves The Wonggoys, a playful take on their surname and how their mother used to call them when they were little (“unggoys”, “monkeys” in English), Gabe, Bill, and Kyle landed their first gig back in 2008, at Alejandro’s. Encouragement from friend Jude Bacalso eventually led the brothers to have their own album in 2010, which then paved the way for opening the Jonas Brothers concert in Cebu back in 2012. “I think they just wanted us because we’re brothers in a band, too,” joked rhythm guitarist Kyle in a 2013 Zee Lifestyle feature.
In the same feature, it was revealed that production on their sophomore album began as early as three years ago, while Kyle and lead guitarist Bill were home from studying abroad. “Our next album will show how we’ve matured as musicians, and have better songwriting.” Bill said back then. “We’ve definitely broken through our comfort zone and explored other sounds and genres.”
High Hello‘s launch party will be on January 7, 2017 at The Greenery. Homegrown acts Lourdes Maglinte, Vincent Eco, Honeydrop and Bethany will also be playing at the event.
The album will be available for download and streaming on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay and Deezer. CDs and other merchandise will also be available starting January 7th.
High Hello is produced by Cattski, and was recorded at 1032 Recording Studios in Cebu and Yellow Room Recording Studios in Manila. (with PR)