U.S-based Filipino grindcore band FLATTBUSH have released a new music video. The music video is for their latest single “Bigas, Hindi Bala!” (“Rice, Not Bullets!”). The song tackles the plight of the Mindanao farmers in Southern Philippines, who had been asking assistance from the local government for seedlings resistant to drought, and rice distribution for the many hungry families whose farmlands they till dried up due to the El Nino phenomenon which started November last year. Instead of providing the farmer’s needs, which the local government offices had kept in their warehouses, they were dispersed violently on April 1st, 2016 by government forces with 3 farmers dead, dozens missing, and over a hundred injured. Most of these elderly and unarmed farmers were jailed after the incident. Malacanang, the Philippine National Police, and the local government in Kidapawan tried to discredit the farmer’s protest saying these were orchestrated by militants.
Flattbush are wrapping up recording duties for the completion of their latest album, which they began working on since June of last year. Faith No More bassist Bill Gould’s Koolarrow Records is set to release the album, once completed.