Sydney’s “rap-rock-electro-pop mutants” RedHook just wrapped up their debut Australian tour, but they’re showing no signs of slowing down. The band have just dropped a blistering cover of Rage Against The Machine classic ‘Guerilla Radio’ in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the landmark album, The Battle Of Los Angeles.
The cover was produced by Sydney’s reigning overlord of pop-punk, Stevie Knight (Stand Atlantic, Trophy Eyes) and mixed and mastered by Andrew Wade (The Ghost Inside, A Day To Remember). It’s a searing ode to the Rage classic.
“When I was a kid and first heard this song, it changed everything for me. Rage became my gateway drug to the worlds of both metal and rap”, explains vocalist Emmy Mack.
“The powerful message behind the music is just as relevant now as it was in 1999 when The Battle Of Los Angeles first dropped. Injustice, inequality and abuse of power are still rampant. Our political systems are corrupted by big business and vested interests at almost every turn, and even in the face of the freedom of information brought on by the internet age, the wealthy puppet masters who control the mass media still exert a terrifying amount of influence over the democratic process. Not to mention, the planet is dying! We have a lot to be concerned and angry about”.
The band took the liberty of adjusting some of the lyrics to the track to protest for a cause close to their heart.
“I even tweaked some of the lyrics in verse 2 to reflect something that was really pissing me off at the time we tracked it – the NSW Government’s protracted war on music and youth culture. I hope Zack, Tom, Tim and Brad don’t mind,” shares Emmy. Check out their version of the track below.
Watch: RedHook cover Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Guerilla Radio’
The band are set to play a bunch of shows in the lead up to the New Year. They’ll be cutting their teeth at Brisbane’s Halloween Hysteria Festival, Canberra’s Stonefest and they’ll be supporting prog legends COG at a handful of regional dates. You can catch them at one of the below shows.
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‘GUERRILLA RADIO’ SHOWS
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