In what can only be described as class De La Rocha rhetoric, he describes the band as follows:
...a defiant affirmation of the possibilities that exist in the space between kick and snare. It's a sonic reflection of the visceral tension between a picturesque fabricated cultural landscape, and the brutal socioeconomic realities it attempts to mask.Gotta love it. Cynicism aside, it's still good to know that at least someone out there in music biz is politically outspoken. And playing a Barack Obama benefit concert isn't what I mean.
The name [is] taken from the infamous 1970 black and white, captured by legendary Chicano photographer George Rodriguez featuring a center framed tag on a white wall in an unspecified section of Boyle Heights.
It reads: 'It's better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb.' This record is a stripped down attempt to realize this sentiment in sound.
In other RATM-related news, Tom Morello (aka Nightwatchman) is set to release his second solo LP titled The Fabled City on September 30.