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Via Amoeblog: Outernational’s Music Takes On New Significance With Announcement of Ryan as Romney Running Mate
In celebration of their brand new Tom Morello produced Future Rock EP (available at Amoeba Hollywood) the group Outernational are currently on a two month tour with stops this week in Texas, Arizona, and California where they will play Fulton 55  in Fresno on Thursday (Aug 16), El Callejon in Salinas on Friday (Aug 17), and at The Satellite  in Los Angeles on Saturday (Aug 18) along with Las Cafeteras and Los Hollywood - all before traveling up to Canada, down South, and back East for more dates on the current tour that goes through the third week of September. Along the route of this tour Outernational have been attracting new and old fans of their instantly likable world music flavored revolution rock. This is the second tour in the past few months by the hardworking Brooklyn NY based band. Their earlier 2012 concert trek was a unique two month, 2000 mile, tour along the Mexican border when they played venues not typical for touring rock bands including “the farm fields of California” as part of their Todos Somos Ilegales: We are All Illegal’ tour   In the great video clip below from a Chicago show last week the band reference that unique border town tour. This week’s Outernational concert stops in Texas, California, and Arizona should hold an equally profound meaning as the band’s ever radical music’s call for discriminated people to fight back is a message that has taken on new significance with the announcement over the weekend by Mitt Romney of Paul Ryan as his VP running mate.

Via Amoeblog: Outernational’s Music Takes On New Significance With Announcement of Ryan as Romney Running Mate

In celebration of their brand new Tom Morello produced Future Rock EP (available at Amoeba Hollywood) the group Outernational are currently on a two month tour with stops this week in Texas, Arizona, and California where they will play Fulton 55  in Fresno on Thursday (Aug 16), El Callejon in Salinas on Friday (Aug 17), and at The Satellite  in Los Angeles on Saturday (Aug 18) along with Las Cafeteras and Los Hollywood - all before traveling up to Canada, down South, and back East for more dates on the current tour that goes through the third week of September.

Along the route of this tour Outernational have been attracting new and old fans of their instantly likable world music flavored revolution rock. This is the second tour in the past few months by the hardworking Brooklyn NY based band. Their earlier 2012 concert trek was a unique two month, 2000 mile, tour along the Mexican border when they played venues not typical for touring rock bands including “the farm fields of California” as part of their Todos Somos Ilegales: We are All Illegal’ tour 

In the great video clip below from a Chicago show last week the band reference that unique border town tour. This week’s Outernational concert stops in Texas, California, and Arizona should hold an equally profound meaning as the band’s ever radical music’s call for discriminated people to fight back is a message that has taken on new significance with the announcement over the weekend by Mitt Romney of Paul Ryan as his VP running mate.

From the St Louis Riverfront Times.  Previewing up coming CD release show in Edwardsville, IL - AUGUST 1st!

Outernational + ‘Todos Somos Ilegales’ in Rolling Stone!

Tom Morello, Chad Smith Help Indie Band on Pro-Immigration Video

Outernational ‘sound as if Gogol Bordello and Dropkick Murphys were in a fistfight with the Red Brigades’

Ashley Noelle
July 9, 2012 12:45 PM ET

Revolutions require ambition and tenacity, and Rage Against the Machine fan Miles Solay tested both in 1996, when the 15-year-old talked his way past Saturday Night Live security to meet the band in their dressing room. “We’ve been friends ever since,” says Rage guitarist Tom Morello, who recently produced a pair of forthcoming EPs for Solay’s band of radicals, Outernational.

Days after the Supreme Court ruled on Arizona’s anti-immigration law this June, the group Morello calls “an uncompromisingly, politically revolutionary band” mobilized its message of change in an online video for “Todos Somos Ilegales/We Are All Illegals,” from their 2011 album of the same name. The video features appearances from Residente Calle 13, Morello and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and clips of fans hoisting signs interpreting the song’s lyrics  (“The land we stand on, every inch of it stolen,” reads one).

Formed in 2008, the New York-based Outernational – featuring guitarist Leo Mintek, bassist Jesse Williams Massa, drummer Nate Hassan and Dr. Blum on trumpet and several other instruments – recently criss-crossed the country in their van, playing places including Tijuana, met war veterans and interacted with those who had crossed the border.

"I’ve never worked with more focused individuals who really want change to happen through their music," said Smith, who recorded the band’s second album, Welcome to the Revolution, at his Malibu home over three days in April 2011. Smith has since performed a handful of shows with Outernational in New York and Los Angeles, as the band hunts for a label to release the full-length in November.

Todos Somo Ilegales will feature sampled dialogue from films about immigration and revolutionary activist Bob Avakian between songs. “We scored it and made it as if it were a movie about the border,” says Solay. “We’re singing about a different way the world could be organized – no more men dominating women, or one nationality dominating people of other nationalities.”

Later this month, Outernational will independently release the first of two Morello-produced EPs, Future Rock, followed by Here is the Rose in September.

"There’s part New York City rock & roll band in them, and then there’s the myriad of world music influences that drives these songs," says Morello. "They’ve gotten to the point where their songs are now great." You can watch the offical video for "Todos Somos Ilegales" here: http://youtu.be/KUP8-3OZm4s

Link: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-morello-chad-smith-help-indie-band-on-pro-immigration-video-20120709#ixzz20A8uDDas

There’s part New York City rock & roll band in them, and then there’s the myriad of world music influences that drives these songs. They’ve gotten to the point where their songs are now great.
Tom Morello in Rolling Stone

Q: El video de su sencillo es con Residente. ¿Por qué con él?

MILES SOLAY: René Pérez y su banda, Calle 13, son una fuerza inspiradora y poderosa. Cuando los vi en concierto por primera vez fue como ver a un “Public Enemy” puertorriqueño. Cuando nos conocimos, pasamos mucho tiempo hablando por teléfono, él contándome sobre los levantamientos estudiantiles en América Latina, y yo poniéndolo al día en el tema del movimiento revolucionario que está dándose en Estados Unidos. Justo ahora estamos terminando el video de Todos somos ilegales.

Miles Solay in Shock Magazine

Shock (Colombia)

THURSDAY: Outernational is celebrating the Summer Solstice with Make Music New York in Staten Island at the Historic Tappan Park! Music all day - band hits at 7 PM!  Click HERE for all details.
Read this profile on the band in the Staten Island Advance: You say you want a revolution tonight on Staten Island?

THURSDAY: Outernational is celebrating the Summer Solstice with Make Music New York in Staten Island at the Historic Tappan Park! Music all day - band hits at 7 PM!  Click HERE for all details.

Read this profile on the band in the Staten Island Advance: You say you want a revolution tonight on Staten Island?

Outernational full-page feature in SI Advance.  Read the full piece by Rob Bailey HERE. | Not to mention a sweet Dr. Blum hometown Q&A! FUTURE ROCK!

Outernational full-page feature in SI Advance.  Read the full piece by Rob Bailey HERE. | Not to mention a sweet Dr. Blum hometown Q&A! FUTURE ROCK!

"We’re on some emancipate-humanity-free-planet-earth tip." || Great interview from Austin, TX with Miles Solay, Leo Mintek and Dr. Blum in the midst of their ‘Todos Somos Ilegales: We Are All Illegals' tour in mid-May at Pachanga Fest via Latin Recap!

“The sound is a brilliant, aggressive, bottom-heavy hybrid that brings to mind bits of rock, rap and rock en español.”- Outernational in The Chicago Tribune

The sound is a brilliant, aggressive, bottom-heavy hybrid that brings to mind bits of rock, rap and rock en español.”
- Outernational in The Chicago Tribune

"Tom Morello, Outernational, others lead the charge (and sing-alongs) on Chicago’s NATO weekend"

Check out Outernational in the Chicago Sun-Times on this piece about Chicago + Anti-Nato events going on next week!  Get Tickets To See Outernational @ The Abbey: http://www.abbeypub.com/outernational-and-graham-czach

Chicago Sun-Times

Outernational relations
Morello’s presence will be felt throughout this weekend’s citywide demonstrations. He’s planning to perform at the Barefoot Summit, a series of free concerts planned (but still pending) in Grant Park during the NATO summit. He’s hoping to march with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, and he’s already made headlines as the center of a controversy over a march by National Nurses United workers. Last week, the city yanked the permit for the march, scheduled for May 18, citing Morello’s participation as constituting, in the mayor’s words, “kind of a rock concert.” Morello responded on Twitter: “Why is Rahm Emanuel so afraid of The Nightwatchman??”

"The day it was announced I’d be playing there for the G8 protests was the same day Obama moved the G8 summit to Camp David," Morello says, chuckling. "I’m wondering if it was a coincidence. Maybe the Nightwatchman was too much for him."

Even some of Morello’s protégés will be in town.

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"Todos Somos Ilegales (We Are All Illegals)," a new album by Brooklyn punk band Outernational, features Morello on both the title track and a mariachi-flavored cover of Guthrie’s “Deportees.” The set, mixing Clash-ing fight songs with native Mexican music styles, is a concept album about the human costs of American immigration policies along its southern border, and for the last few weeks (after also participating in various Occupy events last fall) the band has been touring back and forth on either side of the Rio Grande and points west. They play Chicago this weekend, too.

"It’s been wild and wooly," says Outernational singer Miles Solay, from a tour stop in Arizona. "It’s an incredibly militarized and polarized situation, up and down the valley. There are neo-Nazis, Minutemen, vigilantes out here. I wondered if we’d be interacting with them on this tour, but so far not so much. The idea that any human being in 2012 is deemed illegal is obscene, absurd and obsolete to me. We didn’t make an immigrant rights record, though. We made a record elucidating our vision of the way the world could be. There are a million and one stories along this border, and we’re trying to tell a few as a springboard for people to see the issues in a different way. It’s not a policing issue, it’s a people issue."

Guthrie’s song, “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos),” details a 1948 plane crash, specifically the way the victims, mostly migrant workers, were dehumanized by being unnamed in official reports: “You won’t have your names when you ride the big airplane / All they will call you will be ‘deportees.’

Outernational didn’t plan the song to be part of a full-length album.

"I told [Morello], ‘How about we do this Bob Dylan-Joan Baez bit from the Rolling Thunder Revue, when they sang ‘Deportee,’" Solay says. "Let’s do it as a duet. We pulled it together one afternoon at Tom’s house, this Mexican-folk version. That’s what kickstarted this particular record. It was just supposed to be an EP, but we wound up telling this whole story."

The band’s other full-length, “Welcome to the Revolution,” recorded by Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), is due later this year. But first, they’re touring the immigration songs — and joining Morello in Chicago (possibly at the Guthrie tribute, too) for a busy weekend of protest music.

"There’s a lot to learn from that guy," Solay says of Guthrie. "He wrote in a very different time period and we are different people, but there are a lot of parallels between this tour and what Woody did.He was out there on the front of things. Everybody knows the railroad hobo thing, but why did he do that? He went out there and tried to know the people. You hear that in his songs, and in ‘Deportees.’ I’ve thought about that a lot. Not every band gets to do that. Singing your message at the exact time people need to hear it most — no one should take that opportunity for granted, man."

Read Entire Piece Here.

IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF THEM JUST WAIT:    Interview with Miles Solay in the the Edwardsville Intelligencer / Edge Magazine by Krista Wilkinson-Wedgley
"One of the most exciting and intriguing up-and-coming rock bands in the country. [Miles Solay] sings about the hot button issues of the day - immigration, sexual discrimination, racial intolerance - as the band whips the crowd up into a rock and roll frenzy with their bad ass, eclectic sound"

IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF THEM JUST WAIT:    Interview with Miles Solay in the the Edwardsville Intelligencer / Edge Magazine by Krista Wilkinson-Wedgley

"One of the most exciting and intriguing up-and-coming rock bands in the country. [Miles Solay] sings about the hot button issues of the day - immigration, sexual discrimination, racial intolerance - as the band whips the crowd up into a rock and roll frenzy with their bad ass, eclectic sound"