It looks like the “Make America Rage Again” hats that Prophets of Rage were selling at their shows were prescient, and not just because Donald Trump got elected. At the Bowl 4 Ronnie event in Los Angeles, Loudwire spoke to the band’s Tom Morello and Tim Commerford about the band, which consists of Rage Against the Machine minus vocalist Zack de la Roch and with Public Enemy’s Chuck D. and Cypress Hill’s B-Real. Morello promised more of Prophets of Rage next year:
“We had a great time. It was a band we put together because the times demanded it, but I think the band transcended that original mission. It was probably the most fun I’ve had on any tour. We rocked well, we rocked people hard and in 2017 there will be new music and there will be a lot more shows.”
Well, it would be interesting to hear what the band has to say about the new President, especially considering that Rage predicted he’d be President back in 2009. Commerford says the band plan on releasing a new EP every six months:
“It was never meant to be a one-off, or we’re just doing this because of the election. I think a lot of people maybe think that and I understand why people may think that, but that’s not the case and we already have studio time booked out. We’re gonna make another EP. This next EP will be at least 5, maybe 6 songs that are gonna all be originals. We have the dates in the studio and it’s a few months from now, so we have a little time to think about riffs and thinking about catchphrases and prepare.”
Commerford says, “The plan is to make an EP every six months. Ultimately balance the scale, and whenever I see Chuck and B-Real, I always say, ‘Balance the scale’ and they know exactly what I’m talking about. We gotta balance the scale. We need to make our catalog, with Prophets of Rage balance against the catalog with Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill and Public Enemy. Right now it’s not balanced, so we have a lot of work to do and I’m very confident that in the next year or two people are no longer going to be looking at this project as a one-off or looking at it as a super band that’s a super karaoke band.”
A new EP from the band every six months might be a little too much, but we’re definitely awaiting what they have to say. Perhaps even more fascinating will be what de la Rocha’s long-in-the-works solo album will sound like.