Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) has joined forces with The Bloody Beetroots for a new EP titled “The Catastrophists.” The effort will be released on June 18 and a video for the effort’s latest single “Radium Girls“ can be found below. That track features Pussy Riot‘s Nadya Tolokonnikova, The Interrupters‘ Aimee Interrupter, White Lung‘s Mish Way, and The Last Internationale‘s Delila Paz.
Morello said the following about “Radium Girls”:
“Four extraordinary women (Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, The Interrupters’ Aimee Interrupter, White Lung’s Mish Way, The Last Internationle’s Delila Paz) and the ferocious production of The Bloody Beetroots breathe life into the true story of the Radium Girls, young Illinois factory workers who were the victims of one of the most heinous crimes in US industrial history.
I spent every summer as a kid near Ottawa, Illinois where these doomed girls used deadly radium laced paint to make glow in the dark watches. They were encouraged to lick the paintbrushes to a point to increase productivity and profit and in the end their bones literally fell apart from cancer and they were so toxic they had to be buried in lead lined coffins.
The resulting court cases and publicity led to historic nationwide labor protection legislation. Every year I place flowers at the small monument to these quiet heroes and this song is dedicated to their memory.”
The Bloody Beetroots added:
“‘Radium Girls‘ is what happens when two punks go off to battle; each with his weapon of choice.”
“The Catastrophists” Track Listing:
01. “The Devil’s Infantry”
02. “Radium Girls” (feat. Nadya Tolokonnikova, Aimee Interrupter, Mish Way, & Delila Paz)
03. “Lightning Over Mexico” (feat. Ana Tijoux)
04. “Keep Going”
05. “Weather Strike” (The Bloody Beetroots remix) (feat. Pussy Riot)
06. “Field Of Tigers”
07. “Mary Celeste”