Rage Against The Machine On U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis: “Repression Of Migrants And Refugees Is A Bipartisan Cause”

Rage Against The Machine have taken to social media to issue a statement regarding the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. The band says the “repression of migrants and refugees is a bipartisan cause.”

Here’s the group’s full statement:

“The racist attacks on Haitian asylum seekers on the US-Mexico border are devastating and cruel. But it’s sadly only the latest chapter in a long history of violent detention and deportation by the United States. Repression of migrants and refugees is a bipartisan cause. Both Democrats and Republicans have continued to wage wars and implement sanctions and destructive economic policies that have been the direct cause of migration and those seeking asylum throughout the world.

Haiti may be the clearest example of this: a country that gained its independence and established a Black republic in 1804, has since had to pay reparations to slave owners and been the victim of centuries of European and U.S intervention up until today. The US-Mexico border is one of the most militarized borders in the world, and the racial and moral panic that it creates shows once again that the US is a nation built on white supremacy, anti-Black racism and Indigenous genocide.

There are over 600,000 undocumented migrants in the US from Canada and other white-majority countries. But they’re not hunted down, targeted and subjected to the same type of moral and racial panic – why is that?”

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) Premieres New Song “Let’s Get The Party Started” Featuring Bring Me The Horizon

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) has premiered a new song titled “Let’s Get The Party Started.” This track features Bring Me The Horizon and it will appear on the guitarist’s new album, “The Atlas Underground Fire,“ which is set to be released on October 15.

Morello commented:

“Bring Me The Horizon is really the current standard-bearer of hard rock/metal today, and thank God for them for that. I had a couple of huge riffs and we just started mashing it up with Zakk Cervini, who has worked with them before. This song was written on three continents — Oli [Sykes] was in Brazil, Jordan [Fish] was in England and then I was here in L.A. It was a real United Nations of metal coming together to produce this song, which really feels to me like it captures the angst and the frustration of the pandemic boiling over into an all-time mosh pit. This song also has one of my favorite guitar solos that I’ve played in quite a while, as I was really digging deep to make a solo as devastating as the track.”

Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello Seeks Help To Get Female Guitar Students Out Of Afghanistan

Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello is currently seeking help to get young female musicians from Girl With A Guitar out of Afghanistan. The guitarist penned an open letter to the music industry asking for assistance and guitar teacher Lanny Cordola has since shared it with Billboard.

Morello said the following:

“I’m writing on behalf of some very special girls in Afghanistan who are in grave danger. [Girl With A Guitar] takes in street orphans and other girls that have endured significant trauma and uses music as a rehabilitation tool and means of working through their problems, their histories, and their hopes.

I’ve had the honor of collaborating with these wonderful kids. Since the Taliban takeover their school has been destroyed and the girls are in hiding. They are at extreme risk because they are widely known to have performed Western music and have been educated by a male American teacher. Anything you could do to help save their lives would be much appreciated.”

Cordola, who is currently trying to get 12 of the students and their families out of Kabul, added:

“We’re trying to investigate if getting them to the Pakistan border is a possibility. We’ve been talking to a lot of different people, rescue organizations. We need to get them out of Afghanistan to start a new life somewhere.”

Tom Morello Premieres New Song “Driving To Texas” Featuring Phantogram

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) has premiered a new song titled “Driving To Texas.” This track features Phantogram and it will appear on the guitarist’s new album, “The Atlas Underground Fire,“ which is set to be released on October 15. Morello commented:

“‘Driving To Texas‘ (feat. Phantogram) is a dark journey, a struggle for a tortured soul. The vocals, the sound textures, even the guitar solo evoke a terrifying counter reality where the road to the abyss beckons sweetly. I’d worked with Josh on the 2018 Atlas Underground album and was thrilled when Phantogram reached out to collaborate again. Sarah’s voice is haunting and beautiful and Josh’s production is so fresh and eerie.”

Run The Jewels Release “Toy Selectah Remix” Of “JU$T” Featuring Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) & Pharrell Williams

Run The Jewels have released a “Toy Selectah Remix” of “JU$T” featuring Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) and Pharrell Williams. You can check that out below. The original version of the track is from Run The Jewels‘ latest album “RTJ4.“

Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello Teams Up With Bruce Springsteen & Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder For Cover Of AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell”

Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello has released a new cover of AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell.” The track, which features Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, will appear on Morello’s new album, “The Atlas Underground Fire,” which is set to be released on October 15.

Morello said the following about the cover:

“Our version of ‘Highway To Hell’ pays homage to AC/DC but with Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder, bringing this legendary song into the future. One of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll songs of all time sung by two of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll singers of all time. And then I drop a shredding guitar solo. Thank you and good night.”

He also added the following about the new album:

“During lockdown I had no access to an engineer so I had to record all of the guitar parts on the voice memo of my phone. This seemed like an outrageous idea but it lead to a freedom in creativity in that I could not overthink any of the guitar parts and just had to trust my instincts.

This record was a life raft in a difficult time that allowed me to find new ways of creating new global artistic connections that helped transform a time of fear and anxiety into one of musical expression and rocking jams.”

“The Atlas Underground Fire” Track Listing:

01. “Harlem Hellfighter”
02. “Highway To Hell” (featuring Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder)
03. “Let’s Get The Party Started” (featuring Bring Me The Horizon)
04. “Driving To Texas” (featuring Phantogram)
05. “The War Inside” (featuring Chris Stapleton)
06. “Hold The Line” (featuring Grandson)
07. “Naraka” (featuring Mike Posner)
08. “The Achilles List” (featuring Damian Marley)
09. “Night Witch” (featuring Phem)
10. “Charmed I’m Sure” (featuring Protohype)
11. “Save Our Souls” (featuring Dennis Lyxzén of Refused)
12. “On The Shore Of Eternity” (featuring Sama’ Abdulhadi)

Rage Against The Machine To Headline 2022 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival

Rage Against The Machine and Travis Scott have been confirmed as the headliners for the 2022 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival. That event will take place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA on April 15-17 and April 22-24. Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott, and Frank Ocean were previously booked to headline the 2020 edition of the festival, but it ended up getting cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ocean will be unable to perform at the event next year, so he will be headlining in 2023.

Rage Against The Machine’s Tim Commerford Announces New Band 7D7D And Signature Basses

Rage Against The Machine’s Tim Commerford has joined forces with Ernie Ball for a signature StingRay bass series. The instruments were designed in conjunction with Commerford and his new band 7D7D. You can find a promotional video for the basses below. Notably, the clip also includes footage of Commerford and his Rage Against The Machine bandmate Brad Wilk performing some of the band’s tracks.

Alex Lifeson (Rush) Says He Contributed To A New Track With Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) & Kirk Hammett (Metallica)

It looks like Alex Lifeson (Rush) and Kirk Hammett (Metallica) will be featured on a new track from Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine). Lifeson recently revealed the news during an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock.

Lifeson said the following:

“I think this is a project that [Morello]’s working on with a bunch of different musicians. I don’t really know what the future holds for it, but I really loved doing it.”

“He said, Put whatever you want on it — the more, the merrier. He was going to give it to Kirk Hammett, and Kirk was going to do the same thing.”

He also added:

“Being the contrarian, I did all of [these other styles], not just heavy rock stuff. We were all talking to each other while we were doing it, and we just had such a riot. I sent my stuff in and it went to Kirk then, and he sent his stuff in.”

Lifeson also revealed that he has already listened to an early mix of the track:

“It’s really some fun music. It’s so Tom Morello, his parts. I just smiled the whole way through listening to it. I thought it was really, really cool the way it turned out.”

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) And The Bloody Beetroots Announce New Collaborative EP “The Catastrophists”, Premiere “Radium Girls” Video

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”