Wednesday, July 02, 2008

RATM's Zach De La Rocha announces new band, same politics

Zach De La Rocha, politically outspoken frontman of recently reunited Rage Against the Machine, has just announced the formation of a new band called One Day As A Lion. The two-piece features Zach on vocals and keyboards, with former Mars Volta member Jon Theodore on drums. Their self-titled debut EP will be released in hurried fashion as soon as July 21.

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.

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.
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.

In other RATM-related news, Tom Morello (aka Nightwatchman) is set to release his second solo LP titled The Fabled City on September 30.

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