“Pretty Loser” by Sheila and the Insects, an Ode to Unrequited Love

Fans of Sheila and the Insects (SATI) may choke on their drinks and swallow their tongues upon hearing “Pretty Loser,” the newest single from the alternative pop group. At the very least, the song will not fail to snag one’s attention, while putting one’s back up. Leave it to SATI to break their lingering silence with an anti-love song. (Not counting solo efforts in between, their prior single came out in 2008, whereas their last album, Flowerfish, was released in 2005.) Twenty one years in the music circuit, off and on, has not mellowed the band. They still sound as belligerent as punks, with a light coating of jaded sophistication.

Wanderlust Single + SEA Tour Launch Party

You didn't expect The Camerawalls to go on tour with nary a goodbye or farewell party, did you? Pinoys and Spanish host a despedida, the Germans pull off an abschiedsfete, but yes, before the band takes off to satiate their wanderlust, they're kicking up some dust first -- and everyone's invited! Pen & Ink Manila, in partnership with Lilystars Records and Requiem Rising Singapore, is staging "WanderLust: The Camerawalls Single + SEA Tour Launch Party," on Monday, Aug. 20, at Quantum Cafe (Kamagong cor. Bagtikan Sts., Makati City).

WANDERLUST: The Camerawalls Southeast Asian Backpack Tour

After putting in time at the studio following Pamagdoy, their five-city tour of the Visayas last April -- The Camerawalls is packing up their instruments again and following that irresistible desire to travel, this time to the backpacker's haven of Southeast Asia. "Wanderlust: The Camerawalls South-East Asian Backpack Tour" kicks off in a dezpedida ("fare thee well") gig in the Philippines, then rolls on the offbeat path to a string of watering holes in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand -- each locale a vital component to the Philippine-based band's musical odyssey.

The Camerawalls Visayan Tour Dates

The Camerawalls performs this April in five cities in the Visayas – one city for every year that the band has been making music. Dubbed “Pamagdoy” (a word that means “wandering” or “peregrination” in both Cebuano and Ilongo), the tour is produced and presented by Lilystars Records in partnership with Panay News, the largest newspaper in the Visayas.