After the recent announcement of vocalist Unique Salonga’s departure from Filipino band IV of Spades, many couldn’t help but wonder – will they now be called III of Spades, since they’re no longer four?
In the band’s statement, they assured their fans that they are still keeping their name and they will “continue to create and share more music and to play on their shows in the coming weeks”.
Other music groups include numbers on their names that do not amount to the number of members they have, nor relate to anything with regards to the artists and their identities. That’s the freedom and beauty of art, right? Running freely with it – even with names and branding one’s self. Here’s what we listed!
1. TWENTY ONE PILOTS
Well, no. They’re not twenty one but only two. The pair, The music duo hails from the US which originally consisted of four members, but are now only two – vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun. Their name is inspired from a play by Arthur Miller called “All My Sons”, which primarily faults on the idea of the death of twenty-one pilots during the set of World War II caused by a man’s decision to send out a faulty airplane to benefit his business and family. Joseph tells Bustle that the reason behind the name is that he and Dun “would always be reminded that they had to make the right decisions, even when they weren’t the easiest ones to make.”
Famous songs: Stressed Out (2016), Heathens (2016) and Ride (2015)
2. SUM 41
Even if you “sum up” all the numbers, their band members still don’t add to 41. The Canadian band who’s been in the industry for over 20 years is comprised of only four members – ists of lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Deryck Whibley, lead guitarist Dave Baksh, guitarist Tom Thacker, bassist Jason McCaslin and drummer Frank Zummo. Originally called “Kaspir”, the name “Sum 41” is reported to originate from the “41st day of their summer vacation“, which was September 28, 1996 for a Supernova show. The name has stuck since.
Famous songs: In Too Deep (2001), Fat Lip (2001), Still Waiting (2002)
Humans can yes, blink around 182 times at around 9 minutes since studies have shown that the average person blinks 15-20 times per minute. But no, they’re not a band of 182 members either. A fellow music era-mate with Sum 41, Blink 182’s (now) three-man band is one of those who rocked the 90’s with the music of bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus, drummer Travis Barker and guitarist/vocalist Mark Skiba. BLINK is actually an acronym for “boys lusting incredibly nude kids”. They added “182” to the number of times actor Al Pacino said “f*ck* in 1983 film Scarface. They definitely branded themselves that rocker look.
Famous songs: All The Small Things (1999), I Miss You (2003), What’s My Age Again? (1999)
4. S CLUB 7
The band still continued to make music even after singer Paul Cattermole’s departure. The group of seven – and eventually six – became popular in the 90’s for their sitcom series that aired from 1999 to 2000. “S” came from the group’s creator Simon Fuller who was also the manager of the Spice Girls; “Club 7” came right after. The British pop group disbanded in 2005 but reunited for a performance in 2014 and 2015. Admit it – their relationship served as your #barkadagoals, and became your Dream Come True. :P
Famous songs: Bring It All Back (2003), Never Had A Dream Come True (2003), Don’t Stop Movin (2003)
You’ll be surprised that Ben&Ben is not a Filipino music duo, but a band of NINE members! Formed in 2015, Ben&Ben shines a light to indie and folk music in the Philippines with a touch of pop (how #millennial!). Prior to the formation of the group, musician brothers Miguel and Paolo Guico were already making music together, where they were called as “The Benjamins”. The brothers proved that two is better than one (and more fun!) with their current band name. Joining the Guico brothers in Ben&Ben are electric guitarist Poch Barretto, drummer Jan Villanueva, bassist Agnes Reoma, keyboard pianist Patricia Lasaten, percussionist Toni Muñoz and Andrew de Pano and violinist Keifer Cabugao.
Famous songs: Kathang Isip (2017), Leaves (2017), Maybe The Night (2017)
6. MOONSTAR 88
Well, they’re 88, divided by 22. The current four-member band several memberships coming in and out through the years since they started in 1999, but out of the original members, only lead guitarist Herbert Hernandez remained. Now, he is joined by vocalist and guitarist Maysh Baay, bassist Buddy Zabala and vocalist/drummer Bon Sundiang. According to their official Facebook page, the group’s humble beginnings originated “touring Manila’s club circuit and cafes and a favorite live act for colleges and universities as collegiate students themselves coming from different bands”. They continue to attract fans with their rock/pop take to bittersweet, heart-breaking themed songs for 19 years and counting.
Famous songs: Torete (2000), Migraine (2007), Sulat (2002), Panalangin (2007)
7. THE 1975
None of the members were born in 1975, but their name simply came from a mental page of scribblings that was dated June 1, 1975 that was found by front man Matthew Healy. He had a conversation with the artist who lived in a Spanish villa he visited who seemed to have relics from the 1960’s which he regarded as “a whole load of beat generation stuff” that greatly intrigued him. The English all-boy rock band’s decision to delete their social media accounts sparked rumors regarding a breakup last 2015, but all is good and assured right now as a new album is well underway.
Famous songs: Chocolate (2013), Girls (2013), Somebody Else (2016)