Prophets Of Rage: "We’re part of the resistance – sonic, cultural and political"
Combining the talents of RATM, Cypress Hill and Public Enemy, rock-rap supergroup Prophets Of Rage tell us why it’ll take a nation of millions to hold them back
"Prophets Of Rage was brought to life because of the emergency of the political times. Prophets continue to be a band because we love playing together. It’s that simple.”
These are the words of former Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello, sitting at a table backstage at the cavernous Rockhal venue in southern Luxembourg, ahead of a headline performance tonight. The band are in the middle of a mammoth European festival run, but they’re also fitting in their own gigs where possible, including London’s Brixton Academy the week before. Not bad for a band that didn’t exist just over a year ago.
Morello formed Prophets Of Rage in May 2016 after reading a news article that stated Donald Trump ‘rages against the machine,’ which, as you’d expect, did not sit well with the revolution‑ready riff lord. “Oh hell no, that’s not what we had in mind,” he says.
Originally tweeting about the article with a “snarky comment”, he knew there was more he could do than sit and bask in the retweet glow. “We’ve got this insane arsenal of material that’s better suited to 2017 than it is to 1993, so how do we make that feel like something totally contemporary, is engaged in both the politics of the day and the rock’n’roll of the day?”