Rage Against The Machine singer Zach De La Rocha has released his debut solo song, 16 years after he left the band.
De La Rocha’s RATM bandmates Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk reformed this year as Prophets Of Rage with Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real as vocalists.
Since leaving Rage Against The Machine in 2000, De La Rocha has taken part in two RATM reunions, a full tour in 2007-8 and a one-off show at London’s Finsbury Park in 2010 to celebrate ‘Killing In The Name’ being Christmas No 1.
No new material was forthcoming, but De La Rocha was said to be working on solo material with DJ Shadow, Trent Reznor and Questlove, as well as El-P. Reznor said in 2008 that most of his solo material had been scrapped, telling The New York Times it was “too similar” to Rage Against The Machine.
It isn’t yet clear if ‘Digging For Windows’ is a one-off song salvaged from that era or if it heralds brand new solo material and possibly even an album. However, the latter appears more likely, with his former RATM bandmate Wilk telling Rolling Stone recently that De La Rocha is “making a record right now”.