Guitarist reveals band have no plans to release music soon
Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello has confirmed that the band currently have no plans to make a new studio album.
Morello has pushed himself increasingly to the forefront of politics and making solo music under his Nightwatchman guise in recent years, but did reunite with Zach De La Rocha in 2010 for a concert at London’s Finsbury Park, following their Christmas Number One victory over The X Factor. Despite the fact the band are getting on at the moment, Morello admitted in an exclusive interview with NME that certain members of the band are “not ready” to start writing and recording again and are, instead, focusing on a reissue of their debut album in the shape of new, deluxe boxset ‘XX’.
Asked about the potential for a new album from RATM, Morello said: “No plans for anything. This Rage boxset is the first official Rage Against The Machine release in 12 years. We’re on a once-every-12-years pace to release something.”
Pushed on why this was, Morello responded: “When bands make albums it’s because everybody wants to, and that’s not the case with Rage Against The Machine at the moment. Everyone in the band gets along very well, we consider each other friends and comrades in arms, but people sometimes don’t feel ready to do it. I don’t have one minute of one day that’s not filled with music, or politics, or family. If at some point Rage were to get it together to work more I would be open to that, but that’s not on the table right now.”
Twenty years ago this month Rage Against The Machine released their now legendary self-titled debut, fusing rap and rock and switching a generation of music fans onto radical politics. Before they made that record in 1992 they produced their own demos, some of which have never been released before. We’ve got one of those original demos for you to hear now, taken from anniversary boxset ‘XX’. Stream ‘Clear The Lane’ on NME.COM now.