classic photos from 2012’s OCCUPY SXSW show: Outernational and Tom Morello
"FOR IT ALL NOW" New Music Video (filmed in Argentina/Colombia con subtítulos español)
Produced by Craneo Films (Buenos Aires) during Outernational’s first ever South American tour in April/May 2013, For It All Now coincides with the band’s return to Colombia this November. In 2013 NYC-based Outernational went global with debuts in Argentina, Colombia, France, Germany and Czech Republic performing with Manu Chao, Gogol Bordello, Die Toten Hosen, Dr. Krapula and Las Manos de Filippi. In 2012, Outernational gained acclaim for the 18-track concept-album ’Todos Somos Ilegales: We Are All Illegals' feat. Residente Calle 13 which has just been officially released in South America by Selecto Entretenimiento.
Producido por Craneo Films y dirigido por Diego Lescano / Tom Veloso (Buenos Aires) durante la primera gira sudamericana de Outernational en Abril/Mayo 2013, For It All Now coincide con el retorno de la banda ahora en noviembre a Colombia. En 2013 la banda de Nueva York realizó su debut global con shows en Argentina, Colombia, Francia, Alemania y República Checa, compartiendo scenario con Manu Chao, Gogol Bordello, Die Toten Hosen, Dr. Krápula y Las Manos de Filippi. En 2012, Outernational se hizo popular con el álbum concepto de 18 tracks ‘Todos Somos Ilegales: We Are All Illegals' ft. Residente Calle 13 y que fue lanzado oficialmente en Sudamérica por Selecto Entretenimiento.
Celebrating INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY this March 8, 2013, Outernational presents the HERE IS THE ROSE E.P. - 4 tracks produced by Tom Morello and Outernational
Tracklisting: (1) Here Is The Rose (2) We Own The Night (3) She Craves Spring with Lindi Ortega (4) Ladies Of The Night
OUT NOW: “Empty Lives” New Music Video
from the Future Rock EP, produced by Tom Morello
The video is coming soon! #EmptyLives
“In the beginning of our working relationship Tom [Morello] was fond of giving ‘assignments’. In essence, these were creative devices intended to jumpstart the process of writing a song or a way of focusing on a musical element to lay the foundation for the jam to come. With this song we were instructed to take the bass-line from Metallica’s ‘Seek & Destroy’ and make it the bass-line of our song with the exception being that it would be played backwards. That’s right, the same bass-line note-for-note but with the notes in opposite order. The song was also to be fast tempo and needed a gang vocal saying ‘BO!’ in the chorus.
|—||Wurds Smith for Daily Unsigned. Read full piece here.|
We will be appearing at the Occupy 1 yr anniversary concert today in NYC at Foley Square. Also appearing: Tom Morello, Jello Biafra (who joined us on stage Friday), Rebel Diaz and more
"The idea of Outernational is, many people just think because "oh because we mix up different styles of music in a rock & roll context" they think Outernational is just talking about that. But the idea of Outernational is really trying to get people to lift their sights, you know their sights, where their looking to, not just what’s literally in front of your eyeballs, but what you’re setting your sights on and your lives and how you’re thinking about the world. Trying to get people to set their sights on above and beyond the countries and divisions and the way the world is so stratified and screwed up. So we’re trying to get people to break on out of that mindset.
Outernational, above and beyond the borders of today.
We thought to be part of a larger revolutionary movement of people stepping on the scene to change the world, that it could really ruffle some feathers but even more than that really kinda help people feel different and start to see things different expose people to some different feelings and thoughts through a rock and roll band. That’s powerful. It’s not going to change the world, but it could change people that will change the world.”
- Miles Solay in Volted Magazine
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
“The song’s lyrics speak for themselves, I believe, laying bare the degrading and putrid nature of American society,” Solay continues. “This song is for those reared on that parasitic and illusory American Dream. How many youngsters think they’re so hip in aspiring to be like Tony Montana? How many are trained to think that being inside the Master’s house is the place to be instead of getting rid of the whole slave plantation itself? No more. We declared ‘Empty Lives’ as the first single off of Future Rock because we thought certain things needed to be said right off the bat. And, well, because it goes to 11.”
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
|—||Tom Morello in Rolling Stone|