Continuing to push limits and prove the transformative power of rock ‘n roll, legendary musician Tom Morello – co-founder of Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and Prophets of Rage – is set to release the most ambitious artistic effort of his storied career this fall with his forthcoming album The Atlas Underground on October 12 by Sony Music Australia.
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Fans can get an immediate sneak peek into the album with tracks We Don’t Need You ft. Vic Mensa & Battle Sirens ft. Knife Party, both of which are available now. In addition, Tom Morello was featured as a guest on Lars Ulrich’s Beats 1 show It’s Electric which aired at a special time following Zane Lowe airing the debut of We Don’t Need You. The episode will re-air Sunday, July 29. Watch the full music video for the track available exclusively on Apple Music HERE.
Throughout his remarkable career, Morello has collaborated with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Johnny Cash. On The Atlas Underground, he paves a path into new sonic territory with the project’s breadth of talented collaborators – Marcus Mumford, Portugal. The Man, Bassnectar, the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and GZA, Vic Mensa, K.Flay, Big Boi, Gary Clark Jr., Pretty Lights, Killer Mike, Steve Aoki and Whethan among others – transforming his sound into something even he could not have anticipated, blending Marshall stack riff-rock with the digital wizardry of EDM and hip-hop. Morello served as chief curator for the record, hand-picking and personally reaching out to the involved artists to recruit their efforts to the project. A full track listing for the album is below.
“The riffs and the beats led the way, but the extraordinary talents of the collaborators set my creativity into uncharted territory. I’ve been devoted both musically and as an activist to fighting injustice at every turn,” says Morello. “Amid this heightened sense of impending doom, it’s now time to rally the troops in a last-ditch effort to save the planet, and our artistic souls. By challenging the boundaries of what music is and has sounded like before, you can open peoples’ eyes to changing the status quo in society.”
Assembled across a variety of studios spanning multiple continents, Morello calls The Atlas Underground “a clandestine sonic conspiracy of artists working in disparate locations toward a shared goal of creating a new genre of music.” The lyrics often take the form of “social justice ghost stories,” and on tracks such as Bassnectar, Big Boi and Killer Mike’s Rabbit Revenge and the RZA/GZA-featuring Lead Poisoning, they convey the experiences of those less fortunate who were unable to speak up for themselves.
The Atlas Underground
01. Battle Sirens – Tom Morello ft. Knife Party
02. Rabbit’s Revenge – Tom Morello ft. Bassnectar, Big Boi, and Killer Mike
03. Every Step That I Take – Tom Morello ft. Portugal. The Man and Whethan
04. We Don’t Need You – Tom Morello ft. Vic Mensa
05. Find Another Way – Tom Morello ft. Marcus Mumford
06. How Long – Tom Morello ft. Steve Aoki and Tim McIlrath (Rise Against)
07. Lucky One – Tom Morello ft. K.Flay
08. One Nation – Tom Morello ft. Pretty Lights
09. Vigilante Nocturno – Tom Morello ft. Carl Restivo
10. Where It’s At Ain’t What It Is – Tom Morello ft. Gary Clark Jr. and Nico Stadi
11. Roadrunner – Tom Morello ft. Leikeli47
12. Lead Poisoning – Tom Morello ft. GZA, RZA, and Herobust