Prophets of Rage: 5 Reasons You Need to See the Exhilarating Supergroup In Concert
The Prophets campaign was, of course, spurred by this year's heated presidential campaign -- and by media characterizations that both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were raging against the machine. "I was like, 'We'll show you what it really means to rage against the machine,'" Morello notes. But putting out a new song will also establish the band beyond its political hook.
"The goal is a simple one: The music has to be devastating," Morello explains. "In all these interviews we talk a lot about the politics, but the cornerstone is that the music has to be devastating and we have to not just be competitive with our legacies, but in 2016, it has to be something that goes beyond that and is very authentic, unapologetic and contemporary."
Getting there has not been easy, however. "When we got in the room, it was like, 'Well, hold on, we're getting ahead of ourselves. We have to figure out what this band's chemistry is to be great. How do we win with this team on the field?' And that took awhile to figure out," Morello recalls. "I would say that it really came together a couple days before the Whisky show [May 31], where it was like, 'Oh, sh--, that's what Prophets of Rage is going to sound like!' And it's still a process. I always look at it like it's never done and will continue to be refined as we go along."
Prophets of Rage Plot North American Tour, Beginning With Republican National Convention
Prophets will play a benefit show in Los Angeles before the RNC gig, whose details are still being ironed out. The group's Make America Rage Again tour begins in earnest on Aug. 19 in Fairfax, Virginia, but will not hit the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia due to scheduling issues. And the rest of the world will be getting its taste of Rage too.
"We'll rock furiously around the globe, but we've got to take care of our own backyard first," Morello says. "We're gonna be competing with the other campaigns around the country with an alternative voice and message. The last time Rage Against the Machine played in Los Angeles [July 30, 2011] we outdrew Trump, Clinton and Sanders by three-to-one, so I believe the general electorate is ready for our message: 'F--- you. I won't do what you tell me.'"