The newly revealed Prophets of Rage has plenty of material to draw from courtesy of its members other bands -- Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill.
But it plans to build its own repertoire as well and guitarist Tom Morello tells us that the group is headed into the studio today (June 14), even to record a version of "The Party's Over," which the sextet debuted during its three recent live shows, and plans to have it out by the time the politically minded group plays July 19 in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention:
"We're going in the studio...The intent is to get out at least one song, 'The Party's Over' -- a new composition that we played at all the shows that's been going down smashingly well -- to record that and get that out before the RNC show...There's other stuff bubbling. No one's quit their days jobs. Public Enemy is on tour right now. Cypress Hill is on tour right now...I'm working on a new record. So we had this kind of initial kind of fireball of activity and now we're doing some recording and we're gearing up for the summer tour."
Prophets of Rage includes Morello's Rage Against the Machine bandmates Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, Cypress Hill MC B Real and Public Enemy's Chuck D and DJ Lord. The group is planning a benefit show in Los Angeles before the RNC date and then begins its Make America Rage Again tour begins in earnest on Aug. 19 in Fairfax, Va., but will not hit the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia due to scheduling issues.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.