What do you get when you take three members of Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave, a rapper and DJ from Public Enemy, and a rapper from Cypress Hill, throw them into a blender on high, and pour out the contents? No, this isn’t an elaborate attempt at a joke. This is the supergroup known as Prophets of Rage, who will be hitting Australia for the first time as part of the first Australian Download Festival.
WHO ARE PROPHETS OF RAGE?
Tim Commerford – Bass, Backing Vocals
Tom Morello – Guitar
Brad Wilk – Drums
DJ Lord – DJ (obviously)
Chuck D – Vocals
B-Real – Vocals
If you’re wondering where the name Prophets of Rage came from, look no further than the track ‘Prophets of Rage’ on the 1988 Public Enemy album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Culminating in 2016, with their first live performance in January of the same year, the Prophets of Rage have been travelling the world on a quest that’s political, as well as melodical.
They haven’t released much in the way of albums, with an EP and full length album currently comprising their published works. Their EP The Party’s Over (released August 19, 2016) alongside singles Prophets of Rage and The Party’s Over featured live covers of songs ‘Killing in the Name‘ (Rage Against the Machine), ‘Shut ‘Em Down’ (Public Enemy), and ‘No Sleep ‘til Cleveland’ (a rework of ‘No Sleep ‘til Brooklyn’ made famous by the Beastie Boys). Following the release of their EP, September 2017 saw the release of their first full length album Prophets of Rage, featuring singles ‘Unfuck the World’, ‘Living on the 110’ and ‘Radical Eyes.’
YOU CAN CATCH PROPHETS OF RAGE AT MELBOURNE’S ICONIC FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE ON MARCH 24TH AS PART OF THE INAUGURAL AUSTRALIAN EDITION OF DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL.