Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and The Bloody Beetroots have released their collaborative EP, The Catastrophists.
The seven-track effort features powerful socio-political lyrics and a long list of guest singers to deliver them.
The previously released single “Radium Girls” is influenced by the real-life story of factory workers who died after being exposed to toxic amounts of radium at the turn of the 20th century. The track features vocal contributions from Jehnny Beth of Savages, Carl Restivo, Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, Aimee Interrupter (The Interrupters), Mish Way (White Lung) and The Last Internationale.
Elsewhere, the Franco-Chilean singer Ana Tijoux appears on the track “Lightning Over Mexico”, which praises 43 missing Mexican students.
“Amid the darker days of the pandemic, I sent recordings of rough voice memos of guitar riffs to the Bloody Beetroots,” Morello said in a press release regarding the EP. “What came back were huge, devastating grooves that became the genesis of The Catastrophists EP. Working on those songs with the Italian The Bloody Beetroots was a lifesaver in a time of fear and anxiety. The Catastrophists is a shameless heavy riff but with a dark tension, reflecting the era.… [The EP] kept me sane and unexpectedly allowed me to bond and really push myself as a guitarist, songwriter, and artist during a time of isolation.
As The Bloody Beetroots explained, the two groups had been trying to collaborate for more than two years before schedules finally opened up during the pandemic – although they were forced to work remotely: “This record is the result of more than 2 years of misaligned schedules, then a confinement of 14 months which forced us to work from different continents. Obviously, it was meant to be. He had to exist.
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