Magnus Haven, a five-piece alternative rock band, released the music video of its second single, KAPALMUKS, on MYX Premiere last, April 27.
KAPALMUKS is a social commentary about the devastation being wrought upon the country by the corrupt politicians and their equally evil minions. It is timely considering that the middle term election is just around the corner and the Filipinos will again have the chance to elect the leaders of their choice.
“Patama talaga ang KAPALMUKS sa mga corrupt at abusadong pulitiko isama na ‘yong mga kasabwat nila na walang ginawa kundi pahirapan ang bayan dahil sa mga pang-aabuso sa kapangyarihan at pagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan,” says Rajih Mendoza, the band’s lead vocalist.
While the band members are still young, the range of their ages is from 18 to 21 years old, they collectively believe that they should raise their voice against the evils that plague our society since the present will determine the future and the immediate future belongs to their generation.
“Ayaw naming sabihin ‘yong batu-bato sa langit tamaan ‘wag magalit kasi walang karapatang magalit ang mga naging dahilan kung bakit marami pa rin ang nagugutom, kung bakit marami pa ring hindi nakakapag-aral na kabataan, kung bakit marami pa rin ang lugmok sa kahirapan, kung bakit backward pa rin ang ating political system. Dapat tayo ang magalit sa kanila. Dapat ‘wag na natin silang iboto kasi ‘di sila karapat-dapat,” comments the band’s lead guitarist, Louise Vaflor.
According to them, the inspiration of KAPALMUKS is the suffering around them that they have been witnessing daily. According to David Galang, keyboardist and vocalist, it is not easy to close their eyes to the sufferings, poverty and abuses.
Rey Maestro, bassist, believes that through KAPALMUKS, they have been able to contextualize the role of the musicians as positive agents of meaningful social change. “Okay lang namang tumugtog ng love songs, hugot song nga ang first single namin na IMAHE, pero masarap din palang gumawa at tumugtog ng kantang may mas malalim na sinasabi. Parang kahit papaano may nagagawa kaming makabuluhan.”
“Di naman election song talaga ang KAPALMUKS, na-timing lang. Kahit naman kasi may election o wala laging nandiyan ang mga trapo at mga abusado kaya dapat laging nare-remind ang mga tao na di naman mga diyos ang mga ‘yan,” according to Sean Espejo, drummer, on how he wants KAPALMUKS to be considered.
KAPALMUKS is being digitally distributed by Warner Music Philippines and is available in all digital platforms like Spotify, ITunes and Apple Music.
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