Out today is The Party's Over, an EP that marks the first release from Prophets of Rage, the all-star group featuring members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill.
The five-song set includes the brand new song "The Party's Over," a version of the Public Enemy song that gave Prophets its name and three live tracks, including an extrapolation of the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn" rechristened "No Sleep Til Cleveland."
The politically charged group is in the midst of its Make America Rage Again tour, and guitarist Tom Morello tells us that the vicious presidential campaign made this the perfect time for the band to come into being:
"It began, I think, with my outrage about how the major media outlets kept referring to both the Trump and Sanders campaign as raging against the machine, and I was like, 'Well, we'll show you what it really means to rage against the machine, and it just didn't feel like we could in good conscience sit on the sidelines during this tumultuous time of moral conflict."
Prophets, who were recently joined by Dave Grohl on stage in Toronto for a version of the MC5's "Kick Out The Jams," are on tour through October 15, with more recordings and touring planned for the future.
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.