Protest band The Axel Pinpin Propaganda Machine was formed in 2010 in response to the growing political and social turmoil in the Philippines. Their sound is a unique expression of the realities faced by the oppressed Filipino people: a mix of spoken word poetry and aggressive fuzz-driven guitar riffs played over odd time signatures.
What started out as a collaboration between two activists – RJ Mabilin of the defunct punk band Republika de Lata and Axel Pinpin, poet and ex-political detainee wrongly imprisoned under the Arroyo regime – eventually became a fixture in picket lines and political rallies. In 2011, the band was officially named the Axel Pinpin Propaganda Machine.
Since its inception, TAPPM has continually self-released music in response to the socio-political climate of the time. The band’s latest release, 2020’s “Ano ang Aming Kasalanan?” is a direct response to the government’s failure to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
Axel Pinpin – Spoken Word
RJ Mabilin – Guitar
Megumi Acorda – Guitar, Keyboard/Synth
Migs Gamara – Bass
Jerros Dolino – Drums
Nigel Cristobal – Audio + Video