Enter Gary Perez, the bluesman behind Sampaguita’s beloved rock classics—“Bonggahan,” “Tao,” and “Laguna”—now a struggling artist hoping to get back on his feet and make a mark in the local music industry. After more than two decades, he returns with a solo track called “Facebook,” trying to stay relevant by writing an intimate love song dressed with crunchy but accessible electric guitars and a finely stripped, ‘70s rock arrangement reminiscent of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Although he doesn’t succumb to the genuine ambition and social consciousness of his previous work, Gary wrote a heartfelt, nuanced tune that is sure to bring back good old rock music to the mainstream radio format. Detractors will find this easy to fault for sure, with its attempt to keep up with the trend, but there’s something unusually sincere and vibrant in this track that would make you listen intently to it while having fun. Stream the track below: