Skwats formed in 2010 in Camarines Norte, south of Luzon. This sleepy, laid back, surfing province spawned four friends who worshipped the aesthetic of Post-punk and would eventually form the band. Their debut EP was originally released in 2014 and was reissued on cassette tape by Russian label Perspex Icon in January 2021. Nowadays, with a nod to their name (which roughly translates to informal settlers), they are scattered all over the region with the vocalist in Daet, the drummer in Pampanga, the guitarist in Caloocan, and bass/synth in Macau.
From the Perspex Icon press:
The Filipino quartet of Skwats doesn’t like to toss words and sounds to the wind. They really don’t play their music, but squat it. They occupy dusty rooms of post-punk, ironic uncomplicated psychedelia and synth-driven motorik pulses to put them in proper order.
“Angst, Lust and Dreams” is an album of catchy melodies and devilish loudness at the same time. It could lift even the most plodding man from the couch. Skwats so easily manage to create the feeling of a decent party right in your head that you immediately wonder how these people behave outside the studio and without their instruments. Their music has a completely appropriate sense of fun, which you get into from the very first minutes. And really, what interests every person if not angst, lust and dreams?