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.ca
We have a Cuéntame exclusive this morning from the radical global band Outernational! WATCH the video for ther single 'The Beginning is Here!"
The release kicks off the band's unapologetically titled 'Todos Somos Ilegales: We are All Illegal' tour. Tonight they play on the border in Brownsville Texas!
We're excited to be the tour's official documentarians and follow the sounds that open minds AND make you dance porque una revolución sin baile no es una revolución. A revolution without dance, isn't revolution!