Supergroup Prophets of Rage have dropped a headbanger of a new track titled ‘Hands Up’. Featuring members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Cyprus Hill, the track blends the original artist’s styles into a funky, rockin’ time. The track is taken from their 2017 debut self-titled record, released via Fantasy Records.
The video is a very basic slideshow of live and behind-the-scenes photos and video clips of the band, giving focus to the actual tune itself. With an intro very reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine’s early work, it isn’t long before the track launches into a groovy riff and bouncy beat. The chorus refrain “Hands up, hands up, what the fuck” is repeated frequently throughout the song and is bound to get stuck in your head for hours after your first listen. The gang vocal delivery style echoes the work of Public Enemy and Cyprus Hill, and feels both nostalgic in nature and modern in production at the same time. Check out the video for ‘Hands Up’ below!
Prophets of Rage were formed amidst the tumultuous 2016 election in the United States, with guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) declaring, “We’re an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit, and confront it head-on with Marshall stacks blazing”. Indeed, throughout their recorded music is a clear political message, and the band has turned heads for their solid live performances.
The band has seen success in the charts too, with “Prophets of Rage” (album) entering Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart at No. 16. Around the world the album achieved a #6 debut in the U.K., #8 in France, #14 in Germany, #4 in New Zealand and #11 in Australia.
Australian audiences can catch Prophets of Rage as part of Download Festival Australia, held in Melbourne early 2018.
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