IF you want to listen to a Cagayan de Oro-based band that fuses Blink 182 with a touch of metal, then Honesty Island is the band for your eargasmic satisfaction.
The group composed of five male college students initially banded together as mere friends in Viber group chat in 2014, calling themselves as Temptation Island, luring young ladies into their chat group.
According to myth, the girlfriend of one of the group’s members stumbled upon their online dalliances. Furious, she had the group’s name changed to Honesty Island, forcing her boyfriend to be honest from then on or she would leave him.
Later on, the five – Joenar Zembrano, Victor Jay delos Reyes, Rob Stephen Maestrado, Julius Christopher Saguing and Paul Breyen Salucot – discovered that they yet had another thing in common – alternative music. And so Honesty Island morphed into a pop punk band.
Initially, they did covers of such foreign acts as Simple Plan, Blink 182 and Kamikazee in such hangouts as 99 Ranch. They would also get invitations to gig elsewhere both here and outside the city.
In 2015, Honesty Island leveled up and began composing songs. All five members contributed in inputting the original music and lyric. By this time, each of them has already graduated from college and carving their respective careers. Vocalist Zembrano is a businessman. Bassist Delos Reyes is an electronics technician. Rhythm guitarist Maestrado is a medical sales agent. Lead guitarist Saguing is a corporate assistant. Drummer Salucot is working in a restaurant-hotel.
Despite that, Honesty Island still managed to etch three original compositions: Wanderlust, Do It Your Self and Hey Bob Sponge Your Pants. In fact, they were able to release a music video for Wanderlust as directed by Jay Cristobal, another Cagayanon. They landed an hour’s length of airtime in Magic 89.3’s prestigious Local Vocal.
Honesty Island is a testament that even professionals can still continue their pastime – music.
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