NewsWritten by Michael Carr on June 10, 2016
More big news for any of you who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill supergroup Prophets Of Rage, as Tom Morello has told the Wall Street Journal that the band are indeed planning on releasing new music together.
Following on from the recently released footage of their skull shatteringly awesome first live show, Morello spoke about what fans could expect from the band in terms of new material. And while he said no plans for a full album were in place, they are working on some new songs already. Lucky for fans too, Morello said we can expect the songs to see the light of day before they embark on their North American tour in August.
“We hope to do some recording and release music before we go out on tour,” he said.
“It definitely won’t be a full-length album, but we’ve got some… While the tour will be exploring, deeply, the catalogs of Rage, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, we’ve got a new song or two that we want to record before we go out on the road.”
Morello also gave a nod of his proverbial hat to his band Rage Against the Machine. “The cold embers of Rage Against the Machine are now the burning fire of Prophets of Rage,” he said with characteristic revolutionary fire.
“Where Rage Against the Machine lives, is this summer in these songs that we are playing,” he added poetically.
Speaking of RATM, Morello also mentioned his former band mate and Rage frontman Zach De La Rocha, who is working on his own music as well.
“We have nothing but the greatest love and honor and respect for Zack De La Rocha, the brilliant lyricist of Rage Against the Machine, who is working on his own music, which I’m sure will be fantastic – he’s a great artist in his own right.”
Still according to Morello, if it’s the spirit of RATM you’re looking for, you should look no further than Prophets Of Rage. “Where you’re going to hear Rage Against the Machine is in Prophets of Rage,” he said.
“At this crucial historic moment [US election], you know Martin Luther King famously said: ‘There’s no hotter place in hell than for people who remain neutral during times of moral conflict,’” he explained.
“This is a time of great moral conflict and we just basically said, ‘Hey, we have to do this now. We have to play these songs, they speak to this moment in this time, we have to cause a ruckus, during our North American campaign this year. Raise your hand if you’re in.’
“The people that raised their hands were myself, Timmy C [the bassist], Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine, Chuck D and B-Real, so that’s our band – and DJ Lord from Public Enemy as well, who’s a DJ and a fantastic turntablist.”
And while the only plans the band have so far are for their North American tour, Bluesfest boss Pete Noble has recently revealed he’d “love to see prophets of rage come to Australia.” Still he’s made no promises, but we can keep our fingers crossed.
In the meantime why don’t you revisit the band’s medley of Beastie Boys’ No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn and Public Enemy’s Fight the Power from their first show. Watch it here below:
9 Times Rage Against The Machine Totally Took The Power Back
That Time They Stuck It To MTV
Who could forget that time bassist Tim Commeford climbed the stage set at the MTV Awards after Limp Bizkit won best video, illogically beating out RATM's clip for 'Sleep Now In The Fire' where they actually shut down the New York Stock Exchange in the middle of trading? If that's not rock n' roll I don't know what is. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
That Time They Stuck It To Wall St
Speaking of that time they shut down Wall St, remember that time they shut down Wall St? Playing on the steps of the New York Stock Exchange as part of the Michael Moore directed clip for 'Sleep Now In The Fire', the band shut down the market after they and fans bum-rushed the exchange. Seriously though can you imagine them trying this now? They'd all be locked up in Guantanamo Bay.
The Time They Stuck It To Guantanamo Bay
Speaking of Guantanamo Bay, the notorious site of mass torture in the name of the American Dream (FREEEDOM!!!) wasn't ever going to evade criticism from the band, who in 2008 played a number of shows in orange jumpsuits with black bags over their head to protest the US continuing to use the site. (Photo by Greetsia Tent/WireImage)
That Time They Stuck It To The X Factor
Speaking of torture, remember that time Killing In The Name Of was the UK Christmas number 1? Finally putting an end to Simon Cowell and Stepford singers from the X Factor's domination of the holiday charts. Donating all the funds raised from single sales to charity, the band treated fans to a free show in Finnsbury Park to thank them for standing up to the dominance of corporate music. (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns)
That Time They Stuck It To Censorship
Speaking of music so bad it probably should be censored (not that RATM would support that) remember that time the band played naked with black tape over their mouths to protest censorship? (See told you they'd be against it). Unfortunately we can't publish images of the band nude, but that's just like real life, as the band themselves were pulled off stage after 15 mins. (Photo by Lindsay Brice/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
That Time They Stuck It To SNL
Speaking off the band having their performances cut short, remember that time they had their second song pulled from Saturday Night Live after hanging upside down American flags over their amps in protest of Republican Presidential Candidate Steve Forbes? A symbol of distress, the upside down flags earned them the ire of producer Lorne Michaels and have never been invited back. Yeah they did that, what legends. (Photo by Lindsay Brice/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
That Time They Stuck It To The Democratic Party
Speaking of the band having run ins with presidential candidates, remember that time they played outside the Denver Democratic Party Convention, then led a march to force Obama to discuss the Iraq with Veterans Against The War? Who says all musicians do is bitch and moan? (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
That Time They Stuck It To The Donald
Speaking of future presidents, remember that time they parodied/predicted Donald Trump running for the presidency of the United States of America? Part of the video for 'Sleep Now In The Fire', the sign is clearly meant as a joke to highlight the close ties between corporate America and the government. Somehow though I think even Rage weren't cynical enough to foresee just how popular he would be.
That Time They Stuck It To The BBC
Speaking of obscenity (or its human form e.g. Trump), remember that time they said fuck all over BBC Radio 5? Invited to perform 'Killing In The Name Of' on the Radio 5 Live Breakfast Show as part of the campaign to get the song to number 1, the band decided they weren't going to do what the producers told them, ironically including the song's final refrain of "fuck you I won't do what you tell me!" Fuck yeah. (Photo by Steve Eichner/WireImage)