OUTERNATIONAL IN ARGENTINA with LAS MANOS DE FELIPPI
Outernational presents the ‘Desert Trilogy’ of music videos:
|—||Leo Mintek in Hoy: “Outernational: Mucho más allá de cualquier frontera” by Catalina Maria Johnson|
“I feel like I play a lot of instruments, I have to dress appropriately to match them well; to look fancy like the nice instruments. And part of it is I just wanna smash it super super hard, and this is the best way I know how to do it. Come correct! You know and blow my horn and blow my brains out!” » Watch Dr. Blum talk about his style and instruments via Latin Recap. WATCH: http://youtu.be/kjn0oPI2xY4
Outernational co-headline the Texas Street Fest in Mercedes, TX today: http://www.txstreetfestival.com/ || Via @MilesSolay: “What-the-folk-style a hop, skip & a jump from Big Bend (where we shot a bunch of “Illegals” video)”
We’re back at the Mexican border area, having rocked Marfa, TX on Sunday (love Padre’s!) + El Paso last night. Reminds us of this great piece from New York Music Daily (click photo to read entire album review of “We Are All Illegals”):
“Immigrants tend be smart people. They’re ambitious, they want a better life and they’re unafraid of drastic change. A cynic might say that drastic change is something they’ve become used to: after all, economic depressions always hit the third world harder than the first since the gap between rich and poor there is even worse than in the so-called developed nations. Americans’ choice now is either to embrace these people and the rich cultural traditions they bring with them, or face the consequences of failing to acknowledge the reconquista. That’s what some immigrant advocates call America’s shifting demographics. If we do this right, we can make this a reconquista for everyone and take back this country from parasites like Romney so that todo el gente – immigrants and nonimmigrants, Anglos and Latinos alike – can share in the promise of what America still represents despite all indications to the contrary.”
Watch the video + spread the “Todos Somos Ilegales” video: http://www.weareallillegals.com
Happy Belated 100th Birthday Woody Guthrie. Listen to: Outernational ft. Tom Morello - Deportees
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’
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
Por último, la banda neoyorkina Outernational, filmó en en el desierto fronterizo de Texas el video de “Todos somos ilegales: We Are All Ilegals”, tema que contó con la colaboración de Tom Morello, Chad Smith y Residente de Calle 13.
“They’re wearing their heart on their sleeves,” says Contreras. “There’s no questioning what their point is or what their mission is.” Alongside Calle 13, Los Tigres, Juanes, Manu Chao, Celia Cruz, Gaby Moreno