Anyone who hears IV of Spade’s songs on the radio would probably think that the band comes from the 70s era. Their soothing musical style and moving lyrics make them a staple artist in millennial playlists. But given that their sound reflects the past era of OPM, even the older generation will like them, too.
IV of Spades members were all blessed with musical genes. Zild Benitez’ father is a drummer of a well-known local band. At 12 years old, Zild started to become fascinated with music.
Blaster Silonga is a son of a musician who is also a member of a 90s group. Badjao de Castro’s father used to be part of a band as well. The IV of Spades reveals that their musician dads give input and guide them in their music without getting too nosy.
In 2018, IV of Spades, who was slowly gaining more attention and bigger fan base then, has faced a controversy that surprised their followers. Their former vocalist, Unique Salonga has unfortunately left the band.
This incident has stirred several issues including a silent feud among the group but Zild, Blaster, and Badjao clarified that it was just rooted from creative differences. At the moment, the three remaining IV of Spades members admit that they are still to resolve their conflict with Unique. “Hindi magkaibigan pero hindi rin magkagalit”, IV of Spades says referring to their personal relationship with their ex-vocalist.
Without Unique in the group, Blaster says that their musical style has become different especially in terms of sound and songwriting. Zild shares that Unique’s sudden withdrawal from the band has put more pressure on them. They had to step up and double their efforts to create good music and performances even without Unique’s presence.
The IV of Spades spoils their listeners with their debut album Clap! Clap! Clap! Fans can also immerse themselves in the funk-rock music of IV of Spades through their world tour as well.