Flying Ipis is an all-girl, garage punk rock quartet hailing from Manila, Philippines. Composed by Deng Garcia on vocals/guitars, Ymi Castel on guitars, Tanya Singh on bass, and Gaki Azurin on drums, the band’s notoriously cheeky name ("ipis" = "cockroach" in English) endeared them and their music to rising cult status. Originally formed in the corridors of an all-girl, Catholic high school, Flying Ipis debuted their music in the local circuit with The Flying EP in 2009.
In 2011, Flying Ipis formally joined LockedDown Entertainment, where they released their first full-length album, Give Ipis A Chance (2013) – which included their widely acclaimed singles, ‘Sssikreto’ and ‘Past is Past, Bitch!’ A cut from the same album, ‘This Song Is About You’ was a part of the soundtrack for the multi-awarded Cinemalaya film, Ang Nawawala. They have been featured by several print and online publications (PULP, STATUS, Meg, Clavel, Mabuhay Magazine) and music websites (PinoyTuner, Radio Republic, Amplify,ph, NDFY.me, Vandals On The Wall) and is an endorser of local lifestyle and clothing brand, Team Manila.
Among their growing list of accolades include the NU 107’s “In The Raw Award” in 2010; and Top 3 Band, Favorite Live Act Band, Best Song, and Best Recording in the 2015 Jack Daniel’s On Stage Awards. Their songs also continue to rank on radio charts, peaking at top spots on Jam 88.3’s ‘Fresh Filter’ and ‘Weekly Countdown’ segments.
Known for their infectiously, borderline dangerous, energy on stage, Flying Ipis successfully and consistently translates the palpable mania of their music from the studio to an audience of ranging scale. The band has opened for international acts Japandroids and Metric, played for local school fairs and music festivals, notably the Oktoberfest, Fete de la Musique, and the Jack Daniel’s Indie Fest. More recently, Flying Ipis was part of the gigantic South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festival 2016 in Austin, Texas, proudly representing Asia and The Philippines, and creating waves of support from all kinds of audiences locally and internationally.
Flying Ipis continues their salvo of anthems that greatly project their empowered sexuality, grit, and rock prowess as they gear up for the release of their second album, The Roach Motel, in mid 2016.
So get crazy, let your hair down, and open old wounds with the manic girls of Flying Ipis.