Tom Morello Previews 'The Atlas Underground' Solo Album With Vic Mensa Track 'We Don't Need You': Listen
Marcus Mumford, Portugal. The Man, Bassnectar, RZA, GZA and Big Boi are among other collaborators.
Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello has pulled together a super impressive list of guests for his upcoming solo album, The Atlas Underground (due Oct. 12). Fans can preview the effort due on Mom + Pop Music today (July 27) thanks to two new tracks, the driving, urgent "We Don't Need You" (feat. Vic Mensa) and the EDM-tinged rock dance track "Battle Sirens" (feat. Knife Party); click here to pre-order the album.
The eclectic effort features a wide range of collaborators, including Bassnectar, Big Boi and Killer Mike ("Rabbit's Revenge"), Portugal. The Man and Whethan ("Every Step That I Take"), Marcus Mumford ("Find Another Way"), Steve Aoki and Rise Against's Tim McIlrath ("How Long"), K. Flay ("Lucky One"), Pretty Lights ("One Nation"), Carl Restivo ("Vigilante Nocturno"), Gary Clark Jr. and Nico Stadi ("Where It's At Ain't What It Is"), Leikeli47 ("Roadrunner") and GZA, RZA and Herobust ("Lead Poisoning").
“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,” said Morello in a statement announcing the album that he personally curated.
He refers to it as "a clandestine sonic conspiracy of artists working in disparate locations toward a shared goal of creating a new genre of music," with lyrics taken from what he calls "social justice ghost stories."
“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," he added.
Morello is playing the album for fans a week before its release at an Oct. 11 show at the Lodge Room in Los Angeles, where select fans will earn a chance to have a drink with the guitar hero and hear him tell the behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the album; click here for more details.