You don’t have to be deeply immersed in the local music scene to know that six-piece band The Ransom Collective is more like a barkada. Whether you spot them goofy-dancing at a local gig, jamming in their bandmate’s basement, or hiking up a mountain, there’s no doubt that the group has gotten a lot closer than when they first started out.
Composed of Kian Ransom, Muriel Gonzales, Leah Halili, Lily Gonzales, Redd Claudio and Jerms Choa-Peck, it’s kind of hard to believe that The Ransom Collective came together only a few years ago.
Last Dec. 3, they had an intimate gathering at A Space Greenbelt for the launch of their music video for their newest single, Open Road. The song deals with how unlikely relationships come about and the interconnectedness and growth that comes with crossing paths with others. Fans and friends wasted no time sipping wine and singing along to their entire set, which included crowd favorites like Fools, Settled, and Run.
We got the chance to speak to the band after the show to talk about the origins of the video (which is about a guy who goes on an adventure with a mannequin, who is basically his best friend) and the possibility for experimentation and new music.