Prophets of Rage’s Tom Morello: ‘We Hope to Provide the Soundtrack’ for the Movement That Dethrones the Trump Administration
Much like Rage Against the Machine before them, Prophets of Rage have a political and social message often expressed through their music. So it should come as no surprise that the band is not exactly on board with the current political leadership in the U.S. During a recent press conference at the Hellfest in France, some of the questions leaned more political while seeking comment on President Trump and the band's thoughts on the polarizing leader.
Bassist Tim Commerford stated of President Trump, "He makes me wanna bring Bush back and I hate Bush, so there you go."
Guitarist Tom Morello went into more detail discussing the band's political and social nature, explaining, "What a band can do is both reflect the times and try to change the times. I think in some ways we're following the lead of a lot of young people who are discovering resistance in the United States. The Trump Administration, it's my hope, will bring into existence the movement that dethrones it, and we hope to provide the soundtrack for that movement. So, in some sense, we might be musical leaders of the resistance, but I believe that the resistance itself is led in large part by young people who don't wanna see their planet all f--ked up."
The guitarist added, "As far as our personal engagement, we've never not been engaged in social justice struggles. The first eight shows that this band ever played in our history, we gave away one hundred percent of the money for those shows to homeless organizations and activist organizations in those cities. We played on Skid Row… Our first proper show in Los Angeles was on Skid Row for homeless people. We played at a prison outside of Los Angeles. We played at a protest at the Republican National Convention. So while the message is something that is important to transmit in the moshpit and to have a great time and to have a great rock concert that hopefully contains some substance, the real-life social justice activism is equally important."
Prophets of Rage are continuing the momentum generated during their 2016 touring by finishing up their first full-length album. The self-titled disc is due Sept. 15 and the single "Unf--k the World" is out now. You can look for the band on tour at these stops.
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