Now You Make Me Angry: Anger Management (Album Review)

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Now You Make Me Angry is a local rock/pop punk/easycore band based in Malolos, Bulacan. Their fans fondly call the band, NYMMA. Last year, this group of stomping young men released their second EP entitled Anger Management. The EP features an album artwork as well as seven tracks, all independently produced including fan-favorite “When She Turned 18”.

The video of the song has reached more than 9,000 views since its online release last May 2016.

The release of this sophomore album has been anticipated by fans right from the start of last year. When the boys released the record over summer, everyone on the scene knew it’ll be the soundtrack of the season. With heart-pumping songs, angsty lyrics, and a solid concept,  Anger Management easily captured their fans’ hearts.

Music Analysis

Anger Management won’t disappoint easycore fans. Every track in this record has that raw and upbeat feel that we look for from punk albums. Riffs are sweeping, tempo is fast, and vocals are sharp. With a record as energetic as Anger Management, there’s no wonder why every show performed by this band is wild and spot-on.

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Photo Courtesy of D. Danguilan

Something that makes NYMMA stand out from a lineup is their unique sound enhanced by a synthesizer. A lot of tracks from this album contains great synth riffs. This characteristic is one of the things I like about NYMMA. Former synth player Topher Bocalig put amazing, almost lyrical riffs over every track.  For me, Every Good Boy Does Fine and Presenting: The Intergalactic Dance Showdown are the tracks that have the most notable synth riffs off the album.

Lyrical Overview

Song lyrics has always been a lucky charm and  a deal breaker for me. Luckily, NYMMA, despite having a post-hardcore sound accompanied by dominating unclean vocals, still manages to put across tender emotions with their closing-doors-I-think-we-belong-together lyrics. I think that is also the reason why they have so many female fans (not that I’m stereotyping ok, I’m a girl too!).

Voice, Tone, and Feel

While “anger” is definitely the persona I get from the unclean vocals, reason, remorse, and romance are what I’m sensing from the clean vocals courtesy of Jef Roxas.  I think that was the “management” part of the album.

One that hits right in the kokoro is Isn’t It Obvious. I ain’t gonna lie, this is my favorite. It may or may not be true that I teared up when I heard this song for the first time on my way to work. I just love the bridge; how hopeful and so looking forward it is, both lyrically and melodically.

The only thing that we can’t find when listening to Anger Management is the acoustic emo ballad we love so very much. But being named this way, I think we shouldn’t be really expecting calm and soothing songs; though I would love to hear the songs in an acoustic set. That’ll certainly put the lyrics and melody up front, two things I love about NYMMA songs.

Wrap Up: Overall Effect

Overall, I think Anger Management is just the right record to put out this time of their career. All the songs in the album are great for shows whether in bars or concert grounds. The choruses are easy to chant, intros are catchy, and everything is good for drunken bar sing-alongs.

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Photo Courtesy of D. Danguilan

Album Re-release

Six months after the original launch, NYMMA re-releases Anger Management after working on the record with Yellow Room Music, an independent recording label owned by Mayonnaise frontman Monty Macalino. Yellow Room Music reeled in a reprint of the record that brought about better and cooler packaging with the same album art featuring a young boy throwing his red scooter midair.

“Being signed by Yellow Room is one of the biggest things that ever happened to the band. It’s every band’s dream to be a part of a record label. Although Yellow Room Music didn’t really affect how the first few months of Anger Management would sell, because we met Sir Monty Macalino six months after the release of Anger Management, those who didn’t have the chance to grab a copy of the first issue were lucky to own the rad looking CD courtesy of Yellow Room Music,” said front man Jef Roxas.

For the original launch of the EP, the band toured around bars in Metro Manila and Bulacan respectively. Kicking it off in Selda Dos at Visayas Ave. and trailblazing the whole thing back to their hometown. A handful of loyal friends and supporters followed the tour faithfully; screaming their lungs off and sweating like pigs at every show.

New Label: Bigger Stage, Different Crowd

The addition of Yellow Room Music in the mix changed the playing grounds for NYMMA. Upon releasing the repackaged album with the label, they were suddenly brought into some of the label’s shows, in bigger venues and  in front of much mature music fans. NYMMA, being the young and passionate band as they are, took this change as a challenge.

Jef said “the label’s main impact to us is bringing us to shows where the people are different. No kids. The “hypeman approach” ain’t effective to them. They just love to watch and appreciate. Which is kinda challenging for us given that we are an energetic band. And that gives us a big room for growth.”

Nick Automatic, a local lifestyle store, invited NYMMA to co-headline a series of bar shows for the store’s annual sponsored music festival, Threadfest, following the re-release of Anger Management. It was another venue where the band showed how strong they are in their chosen genre and where loyal fans demonstrate their allegiance by rampaging and singing along to every NYMMA song.

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Photo Courtesy of D. Danguilan

At the close of 2015, NYMMA performed at the Move Stage of Rakrakan Festival.

Upcoming Gigs

They are poised to play at the upcoming Breakdown Music Festival happening on October 22 at B-Side: The Collective with Typecast, The Chongkeys, and other bands.

Anger Management Track List:

  1. JAGJAGARAG!

2. Don’t Get Me Wrong But I Think This isn’t Right

3. When She Turned 18

4. Every Good Boy Does Fine

5. This is the End

6. Presenting: The Intergalactic Dance Showdown

7. Isn’t It Obvious

Also:

Check out this cover, love it!

Band Members:

Jef Roxas – Guitars/Vocals

Aaron Roxas – Bass/Vocals

Aaron Torres – Drums

Dustin Danguilan – Guitars

Francis Alden Mallo – Unclean Vocals

Alexis De Mesa – Synth

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