#MusicPH - Sponge Cola drops “Hometown,” a song inspired by hit K-drama Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

Sponge Cola has a new track inspired by the K-drama sensation Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha after a successful concert tour in Canada to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band.

Sponge Cola's "Hometown," which combines grunge rock elements with electronic textures and anthemic pop sensibilities, is a song about returning home after a long, exhausting travel. It's the ideal encapsulation of how they are all feeling right now.

The compelling rock song, which represents home as a person, was written by vocalist and guitarist Yael Yuzon to reinvent the coastal village with its nosy neighbors establishing a tight community and a love tale that "felt extremely warm and familiar," despite being completely new and alien.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome given that it was written about a fictional piece,” Yuzon confesses. “As a writer, I was one layer away from phenomena that should have made the end product more removed, disconnected. Instead, we ended up with something more visceral, something that resonates from within.”

Produced by Joey Santos, “Hometown” has that familiar Sponge Cola sound to it: catchy, soaring choruses filled to the brim with exciting builds and dynamic rhythms. But stripped off its delicate, fuzzy arrangements is a material that, as bassist Gosh puts it, “feels like traveling to unfamiliar places, but still ends up unwinding and wanting to go home.” Its comforting warmth lingers, and the lyrics just resonate with a lot of people who have been emotionally crushed and in love, reeling from old memories, yet ready to find new ones.

“I wanted to capture the nuances of an ocean breeze in a song—the contrast of the stillness and the intensity,” Yuzon shares. “Produced by DJ Joey Santos, I think we nailed it. It was a breeze to record.”

Yuzon adds that “Hometown” sounds like a song that listeners can take with them anywhere they go. “As we call and respond to the echoes of Philippine diaspora, home is where the heart is, and Hometown is not just a song about a place; it's love, hope, and warmth; it's the people.”

“Hometown” is out now on all the digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment

Sponge Cola is also set to perform the song in their special anniversary showcase at the PETA Theater on December 14, 2022, as part of their 20th anniversary celebration. Tickets are available at all SM ticket outlets nationwide. 

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