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Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy & Cypress Hill Members Unite In Prophets Of Rage


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Prophets Of Rage have officially been unveiled. The new outfit features Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk paired with Chuck D & DJ Lord of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill. The collective will be performing beefed up versions of material from Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, and also will have been working on their own original material. Rollingstone.com have published an extensive chat with the members of their plans for the group, here’s some highlights:

Tom Morello on picking songs to play and revamping them:

“This has been a very organic process. Sometimes B will just say, “I’ll take the second verse of this” and Chuck is very agreeable. A lot of our records, and a lot of Public Enemy and Cypress Hill records, there’s a lot of doubled vocals. Now we’re able to do them in a very exciting way with two of the best voices in hip-hop. We’re able to explore all of our catalogs, but there’s different twists and turns. We’ve taken some Public Enemy tunes and Rage-ified them. The song “Prophets Of Rage” is a pretty obvious choice. “She Watch Channel Zero” has become a Rage-[meets]-Black Sabbath bulldozer. “Fight The Power” has morphed into something that you wouldn’t expect. I also want to be able to go deeper into the Rage catalog than we have in the past. Let me tell you, you can put together an insane setlist from these three catalogs. It’s insane.”

On original material:

Brad Wilk: The setlist is pretty evenly split between the three groups. We’re also playing a couple Prophets Of Rage songs. We’re doing some writing, but I don’t want to give too much away.

Tom Morello: There’s one new song called “The Party Is Over,” which is an absolutely from-scratch collaboration of all of us. In my view, it’s one of our best songs.

Tim Commerford on Rage Against The Machine‘s status:

“We’re not breaking up. We just do things our own way. Throughout our career, we never did what anyone wanted us to do. We never made the records people wanted us to make. We never played by the rules people wanted us to play by. And here we are, 25 years later, still a band. Clearly that means something. And if we did ever play or make new music or anything, it would be a very big deal. And there’s a lot of bands that I’ve seen come along during that 25-year period that did everything the record companies and the powers-that-be wanted them to do, and they sold millions of records. But where are they now? They’re gone.”

On whether or not Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de La Rocha was approached regarding the group:

Brad Wilk: I haven’t talked to him recently. I know he’s making a record right now. I have nothing but love and respect for him. I hope he’s doing well and creating the record that I think he’s making.

Tim Commerford: I spoke to Zack and got his blessing, and that’s really great. We’re a family and there’s support across the board. I support him and everything he does, and vice versa. I’ve definitely been keeping him in the know. You’re never going to replace Zack, and we aren’t trying to do that. He’s a unique artist and showman. It’s going to take people that I know he looks up to and that he idolizes and that he’s inspired by. We’re going to plug them in and see what they can do with these songs, because at the end of the day it’s all about the songs. The songs are needed right now, they really are. This is gonna be some cool shit.

Morello on Prophets Of Rage‘s mission statement:

Prophets Of Rage combines the sonic power of Rage, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. It’s my contention that we can no longer stand on the sidelines of history. Dangerous times demand dangerous songs. Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are both constantly referred to in the media as raging against the machine. We’ve come back to remind everyone what raging against the machine really means. It’s a voice that’s been missing too long in the national/international dialogue and it’s back. What better place than here? What better time than now?”

There’s a whole lot more to be read about the outfit over at Rollingstone.com. The band are due to make their live debut tonight, May 31st, with a show scheduled at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA. Proceeds from the event will go towards P.A.T.H. (People Assisting the Homeless). Another announcement is planned to be made come tomorrow, June 01st. A video of the group appearing in the KROQ studio this morning can also be found below:

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