“Our music is just as colorful as pieces of molding clay, thus the name of our band.”
This was how songwriter and Kley founding member Noah Zuniga introduced his five-man band and their brand of music at the launch of the group’s self-titled debut album on Tuesday. The mini-concert-cum-meet and greet was held at the grand ballroom of the Hotel Rembrandt in Quezon City.
Comprised of lone female member and lead singer Deejay Poblete, and musicians Rey Corcelles, Geoffrey Blones, Ralph Ruiz, and of course, Noah Zuniga, Kley is behind the hit song “Tsismosa,” which is currently making waves in Metro Manila’s FM stations.
Kley was initially formed in 2008 by Noah and Deejay, who in turn, happens to be the niece of popular R&B artist JayR.
“My mom is JayR’s sister,” revealed the talented pop-rock singer who was born and raised in Los Angles. “My first foray into singing here in Manila was when I joined GMA Network’s Pinoy Pop Superstar competition in 2007. I didn’t win but my uncle encouraged me to return to Manila after I went back home, and Noah and I started working together when he found a demo I posted online. He was looking to form a band back then.”
Finding that they shared the same passion for music, Deejay and Noah then went on to form their “dream team” by scouting and auditioning artists from the indie band scene.
“You could say we found the perfect fit when we met Rey, Geoffrey and Ralph, and since then, we’ve come to bond through our music just like clay,” added Noah.
Since talent knows talent, JayR soon signed on the band under his indie label Homeworkz. And under his mentorship, the young band found the courage to work on their first album in 2012, with songs featuring Gloc 9 and the late Ronnie Dizon.
“Of course, my niece and I also have a duet,” said the proud uncle, who also currently stands as Kley’s manager. The catchy ditty is aptly titled “Family,” and is one of 15 tracks in the album, including “Bulung-bulungan,” “Avenida,” “Injanan,” “Maayos din ang Lahat,” “Kami Lang ang Meron Nyan,” “Alarm Clock,” “Kumot,” “Hintayin,” “Move on Boy,” “Tayo,” “Save Your Day,” “Huli na Ito,” and of course, the carrier single “Tsismosa.”
“We’re all grateful to my uncle for being so supportive of the band and for allowing us the freedom to express our artistry in the album,” related Deejay.
To promote the all-original compositions, the group kicked of a 20-city bar tour on May 23. Kley is currently available at Astrovision, Astroplus, Odyssey, iTunes and Reverbnation.com