The Juans on breaking up: ‘Letting go is a majestic thing’

Published March 4, 2021, 7:39 PM

by Punch Liwanag

On the eve of the new single release of The Juans, an acoustic version of their latest fan-favorite song “Pangalawang Bitaw (Acoustic),” lead singer and keyboardist Carl Guevara shared his thoughts with Bulletin Entertainment about the aforementioned song; why do an acoustic version of it, and what the song means, and their thoughts about their first time at the Billboard charts.

Doing acoustic versions of previously released singles are customary for The Juans. Recall that their 2018 single “Hindi Tayo Pwede” had been turned to its bare essentials too before becoming a big hit in late 2019 that seeped well unto 2020. One could say that going “acoustic” is a lucky charm for The Juans.

“We always like to do acoustic versions because a good message deserves effort in approaches and variety in delivery,” declared Guevara.

As for “Pangalawang Bitaw (acoustic),” the singer said: “This version truly hits differently. If the original was more of a retro pop version, this one is raw to the core. This bares the soul of the song.”

As for how it sounds now, he adds: “Internally it’s really just a more upfront ‘singing-to-your-ears’ version that will hug you at night.”

Comfort is indeed at the back of the singer’s mind, seeing as they’re practically singing about letting go of a pained relationship. “Ironically, it makes you aware of loneliness but it also comforts you ‘cause you know you’re not alone.”

He is of course referring to those who have gone, and been going through the same predicament like that indicated in their song.

“Letting go can be majestic and liberating and gives you that vibe of hope as you look forward to a new beginning – but that’s not the entire picture. It is painful, it is scary, and the fear of loneliness and emptiness lingers long. This version, is for those people going through that confusing time and dark place.”

Deep messages aside, said track is still a pop song. And this particular track is memorable for The Juans as it gave them their first chart experience.

“Ah the Billboard charts,  this was beyond what we dreamed of,” exclaimed Guevara.  To this, he referred to a credo of the band from long ago. 

“Mga simpleng Juan na nangarap, ngayon nasa billboard chart!  ibang klase. Hopefully maging inspiration ito. Hindi kahirapan, hindi lugar, hindi pandemya. Walang makakapigil sa mga pangarap natin kung gusto natin talaga!”

The Juans are Guevara, Japs Mendoza, Chael Adriano, RJ Cruz and Joshua Coronel.