Prophets of Rage‘s self-titled debut album arrives this Friday, and it’s the largest batch of original material yet from the politically charged rap-rock supergroup, made up of members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. According to guitarist Tom Morello, the album is “just the beginning.”
“We formed the band during a kind of societal emergency during the election season in 2016 and found that we loved to play together, and found that both the musical and political mission was incomplete,” Morello tells ABC Radio. “In this era of the Trump/Pence regime, it’s time now more than ever for all hands on deck.”
“This record is basically our application to be the soundtrack for the resistance,” he adds.
As for the music itself, Morello says that the members of Prophets “set the bar very high”
“Between Cypress and P and Rage, we’ve made some important records in the past,” he says. “And we wanted to make a record that stood shoulder-to-shoulder with those.”
To that end, Morello knows that the message won’t matter if the music doesn’t deliver.
“In our vocation as musicians, we are weaving our convictions into every note we play,” he says. “At the end of the day, for us, the message is in the mosh pit. First and foremost, we have to make a kick a** record and play devastating shows, or nobody’s gonna care what we have to say.”
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