Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello recently sat down with NME for an interview, but unfortunately we are no closer to knowing whether or not the band will make a return. Morello has explained that, although the members remain friends, there are no current plans for RATM to either release music or tour.
That said, there are no plans to not do those things either. There are constantly rumours that the band will be reforming for an album or reunion tour. Last year they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, which sent fans crazy with anticipation, but Morello is quick to reinforce the fact that no new material has been planned. In fact, the current political climate has made their old material more popular than ever.
“It is unchanged. All I can say is that the music we created is so vital and contemporary to what is happening today in São Paolo and Istanbul. Those songs are being played over PA systems and sung in the streets wherever people are standing up for their rights. In that regard, the band is alive and well. Whether or not we play any more shows is… unknown.”
To be honest, Morello has been a bit of a wet blanket about the whole reunion thing. Previously he told NME that the band had no interest in making a new album, though he stopped short of ruling it out permanently:
“When bands make albums it’s because everybody wants to, and that’s not the case with Rage Against The Machine at the moment. Everyone in the band gets along very well, we consider each other friends and comrades in arms, but people sometimes don’t feel ready to do it. I don’t have one minute of one day that’s not filled with music, or politics, or family. If at some point Rage were to get it together to work more I would be open to that, but that’s not on the table right now.”
Under the guise of Nightwatchman, Morello has become more and more involved in the politics side of things. But fingers crossed he finds the time to get RATM pumping once more.