Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello took inspiration from Kanye West for new solo album
Earlier this month, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello announced his second solo album. The Atlas underground fire. The album is slated for release on October 15 and will feature a long list of guest stars including Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Bring Me The Horizon and more.
In a recent interview with Loudwire Nights, the legendary guitarist revealed a few more details about the making of the album. The record will be the brother record of Morello’s first solo album. The Atlas metro. The genre bending album connected several different artists from different genres.
Morello revealed throughout the interview that the project has helped him work through tough times, especially during the pandemic and lockdowns last year. “Over the past year, where a lot of that year was spent in lockdown, for me it was a real life raft. Unexpected inspiration for his new album came from eccentric hip hop artist Kanye West, according to NME.
“I read an interview with Kanye West, who bragged about the fact that he recorded vocals for two of his albums on his phone’s voice memo. And I said, ‘Well, if it’s good enough for vocals on a Kanye West record, maybe I can record some guitar riffs in my phone,’ ”says Morello. “I just bypassed all the microphones and put my phone on a chair, hit the red dot, and all of a sudden I sent these riffs to engineers and producers all over the world – to Springsteen, Eddie Vedder , the guys from Bring Me the Horizon and Damian Marley – and created this global community of contributors that, in the midst of a very, very stressful time, was a tremendous lifeline and a way to create.
Morello’s band Rage Against The Machine will hit the road next year and begin their tour in El Paso, Texas.