Prophets Of Rage have released a hard-hitting video to accompany their new single ‘Pop Goes The Weapon’, which is out now. You can check the clip out below.
The new song tackles the spate of mass shootings which have taken place across the US this year, with the promo featuring a list of all incidents from 2019 including the date, location and number of those killed and injured. The video also includes the names of all those who have lost their lives in shootings in the States this year.
Prophets Of Rage’s B Real says: “Pop Goes The Weapon’ reflects the ongoing gun violence happening in America.”
Tom Morello adds: “Guns are both the subject of religious worship and huge profits in the United States. Combined with emboldened white nationalism, the recent epidemic of massacres is little surprise. Pop Goes The Weapon channels our ‘thoughts and prayers’ through Marshall stacks and microphones.”
‘Pop Goes The Weapon’ is the first track from Prophets Of Rage since the single ‘Made With Hate’, which was released in June.
Meanwhile, last month, Prophets of Rage treated their fans in Athens, Greece to a performance of ‘Cochise’ by Audioslave in honour of the late Chris Cornell. The rap-rock supergroup’s Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk had co-written the 2002 song with the late musician when they were all members of Audioslave. “If you know the words, sing along, because you’re his voice now,” Morello told the crowd before kicking off the song.
Morello later commemorated the concert and tribute on Instagram, recalling when Rage Against The Machine played to “one of the craziest and most memorable crowds ever in Athens”.
“Tonight’s Prophets of Rage crowd might have topped it,” he wrote. “The crazy bonfires, the militant comrades, the stunning aftershow view and the emotional Chris Cornell ‘Cochise’ tribute with spotlight on empty mic were highlights for me.”
The band have since wrapped up their European tour, but they will play two US shows at The Mayan in Los Angeles on 11 and 12 September. Visit the band’s official website for tickets and further information on all their live shows.