There are two narratives that form the double helix of the Ben&Ben success story.
There’s the career trajectory narrative, which frames success in terms of clout and sales. After the release of an EP under the stage name the Benjamins and a PhilPOP song that landed them on the cultural radar, Miguel Guico and Paolo Guico, the two Benjamins in question, carved a place for themselves in the local music scene as the little folk pop act that could. What began as a duo evolved into a nine-piece. The band’s crossover potential was realized. Their songs play in malls, in schools, in coffee shops, with the kind of ubiquity most musicians have to work decades to achieve. The official release of “Limasawa Street” is getting the kind of pomp and pageantry normally reserved for British Royal Family weddings. At the center of it all are the two brothers. Double barrel frontman power. The stars of the show.
But there’s also the other narrative. The one which involves violinist Keifer Cabugao forming his creative foundation by jamming out to Yellowcard. The one which involves keyboardist Patricia Lasaten testing the extent of her musicianhood and sharpening her pop savvy in her old band Runway Hits. The one which involves Toni Muñoz getting her groove in percussion collective Briganda before divvying up beat duties with fellow drummers Jam Villanueva and Andrew de Pano. The one where guitarist Poch Barretto and bassist Agnes Reoma bring their music production knowledge in the booth. Ben&Ben aren’t just Ben and Ben.