RedHook have spent the past year or so absolutely tearing up stages, playlists and radio stations across the country with their exciting brand of heavy rock, but now they’re paying tribute to one of their major inspirations by covering Rage Against The Machine‘s ‘Guerrilla Radio.’
The mammoth song is celebrating its 20th birthday this week, and RedHook are paying homage to it seeing as they cite both the band and the song for their exposure to metal and rap when they were younger.
“When I was a kid and first heard this song, it changed everything for me. Rage became my gateway drug to the worlds of both metal and rap,” said vocalist Emmy Mack in a statement.
“The powerful message behind the music is just as relevant now as it was in 1999 when The Battle Of Los Angeles first dropped. Injustice, inequality and abuse of power are still rampant. Our political systems are corrupted by big business and vested interests at almost every turn, and even in the face of the freedom of information brought on by the internet age, the wealthy puppet masters who control the mass media still exert a terrifying amount of influence over the democratic process. Not to mention, the planet is dying! We have a lot to be concerned and angry about.”
The band also noted that they tweaked some of the lyrics and music, in an effort to not just mimic the original. Some of the lyrics have been changed to more directly reflect some of what’s happened in Australia recently, namely the NSW government’s “protracted war on music and youth culture.”
Watch the music video for RedHook’s cover of ‘Guerilla Radio’ below.