MusicPro (UK) Group News - 30th August 2011

Rage Against The Machine On Indefinate Hold!

Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against the Machine has been put indefinately on hold as Tom Morello prepares his side project The Nightwatchman for their Justice tour. The Nightwatchman also features Rise Against frontman Tim McIlwrath and the MC5's Wayne Kramer.

Although Rage Against the Machine reunited to celebrate their 20th anniversary last month, Morello, insists that the controversial rap-rock act is on hold for the time being.

Morello told radio station Banana 101.5, "I completely understand that people want to hear that we’re in the studio making a record. We are not, I’m sorry! Everybody in the band gets along great. We just played the L.A. Rising festival this year, and that was super fun and a great way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first time we were in a room. But I promise you, if there is going to be Rage music or a Rage tour we’ll let you know. It’s not gonna be kept secret. It will be announced. Right now, there is nothing so there’s nothing to announce."

He added that Rage isn’t, "a band that operates according to album cycles or anything like that. We did that back in the nineties and it made everybody crazy and we didn’t get along because of it. Now when we want to do something we do it. When we want to do a tour or play a show or write a song we’ll do it and we’ll let you know."

Morello releases a new Nightwatchman album, World Wide Rebel Songs, today (Aug. 30). It’s his fourth album as the Nightwatchman, which equals the same number of albums he has recorded with Rage Against The Machine.

"This is not some sort of vanity project or side project, it’s something that I’ve really put my heart and soul into and ‘World Wide Rebel Songs’ is pretty distinctly different than all the previous Nightwatchman records in that I have a full back up band on this one called the Freedom Fighter Orchestra. It’s the first Nightwatchman record where I’ve really made extensive use of electric guitar. It’s riffs and it’s solos mixed in with the darker Nightwatchman material," said Morello.

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