Twin Lobster started recording their music in a borrowed office space in Makati’s CBD back in 2007. Since then, the band has produced three full-length albums, promising fans a fourth one for 2018. That very office space is now Nick Lazaro's recording studio, La Balls Studio, from which the indie rock trio produced and were able to release their latest single in 2016, 'Don't Argue', their first new song since 2011.
While we patiently wait for more new material (and an Anne Curtis collaboration), we take a look at the band's discography, which was recently uploaded in full to your favorite music streaming sites.
Nick Lazaro, Marc Inting, and Pat Sarabia tell us the stories behind the albums in this retrospective guide to Twin Lobster's discography.
Hell Is the Place Where Flames Grow (2008)
Nick Lazaro: This album was basically a compilation of songs that I wrote before and songs that Marc and I made together in college. I would say it’s the most adventurous in terms of songwriting and playing: I had crazy, super-downtuned tunings, Marc played bass like an intense guitar, and Fred played very complex drums. Since I had just migrated from the States at the time, I tried to write some songs in Tagalog. My god, they’re pretty embarrassing – but I have to embrace the fact that we made them, haha! – Nick
Pat Sarabia: I used to soundtrip to this album so hard. My secret is out!
Marc Inting: Memories from writing and recording this one are my happy place! It was my first time working on an album. I was learning so much from the whole experience. I spent a lot of time listening to music on Nick’s iPod, trying to figure out how to mesh with a guy whose approach to playing guitar, frankly, stumped me. I like to think that effort shows in tracks like ‘Glueness,’ ‘2nd Song,’ and ‘Good Ass Mistakes.’
2nd Album (2009)
Nick: I was watching A LOT of The X-files on DVD at the time. I was enthralled by the stories, drama, and supernatural-ness of it and I attempted to put those feelings and images in my guitar playing. My guitar riffs in this album are super technical but, overall, the songwriting also had a darker tone to it.
Pat: My favorite twin lobster album!
Marc: I just tried my best to keep up with what Nick was doing, haha! No, actually, Nick was very encouraging and helped me experiment with my bass-playing. A bunch of the songs on this album started out as ideas on the bass that we just kept building upon.
The Wait of the Entire World (2011)
Nick: I learned to play piano efficiently around this time, haha. So, I experimented with different sounds such as piano and synthesizers. My guitar playing is a bit more melodic and subdued. I also wanted to give way for my lyrics because I was going through a very emotional time then.
Pat: The most senti twin lobster album, haha!
Marc: Nick got to expand what he could do with synths and electronic elements in some songs, but we were also conscious about producing other songs a certain way. We wanted songs like ‘Evil Sea Lion’ and ‘Monster’ to sound like you were right there in the studio with us. It was difficult, but also in our comfort zone. Those songs had been part of our live set for a while before we recorded them. We just had to bring it up a notch in the studio; play harder and more locked-in. This was also the only album (of the three) that we launched with a gig.