Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Filipino Hardcore Band Rages Against The Imperialist Machine

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s hard enough getting your message across when you’re an accused communist, but what if you’re singing in Tagalog?

Tagalog is one of the Philippines’ native languages, and a hardcore punk band from Long Beach, California, called Flattbush uses it in their lyrics, along with English and another Philippine dialect called Kapampangan.

Walter says that the band’s hardline leftist messages gets them branded everything from “communists,” to “socialists,” even “fascists.”

But Walter says integrity is at the core of their beliefs, and that using the Philippine dialects helps to remind both the band and their audience of the “struggle we all have to go through to remain true to our roots.”

In Walter’s words, “Even my parents get worried about us getting hurt, but they’re coming around to realize that a lot of what we say is true and not some half-cocked political ideal.”

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