Please, before you read anything here, click on that link below and listen to the song. It is a remix of Rage Against the Machine’s Killing In the Name Of by SebastiAn.
Now that you have been blown away by yet another artist signed by Ed Banger Records, let me elaborate on my feelings/reactions to the song. Let me begin by saying that I love Rage Against the Machine (RATM). You probably know this if you have read any other stories here about RATM (notably at Coachella). Secondly, I love SebastiAn. Ross Ross Ross is a record that I can listen to start to finish and love every track on it.
In no way, shape, or form is turning a funk metal track into a dirty electro track an easy task. But somehow, SebastiAn does exactly that without compromising the track’s original style or his goal of making an amazing electro song. Even though the lyrics are replaced by different sources (there are only 6 lines of lyrics in the original song anyways), the sources he uses are very fitting, complementing the track throughout. The distortion is appropriate and calculated. Thank you SebastiAn for making one of my favorite metal rebellion songs into a great electro track. I hope to hear it played at the Daft Punk/SebastiAn/Kavinsky concert I will be going to in LA next month.
Here is the short version of my Coachella Experience. I’ve tried to organize this in chronological order from Friday to Sunday.Bands
- Friday Favorites: the Noisettes, Silversun Pickups, Arctic Monkeys, Björk
- the Noisettes were spectacular, very unique… same goes for Silversun Pickups (sweet drummer)
- Tokyo Police Club=huge letdown, dissappointing
- Arctic Monkeys need to move around a bit (physically), but great music
- Interpol needs to never play music again
- Björk needed to play forever, I was starstruck
- Saturday Favorites: Hot Chip, Kings of Leon, the Arcade Fire, the Red Hot Chili Peppers
- the Cribs needs a wardrobe change, good music
- Hot Chip wins the “Funnest Show” award
- MSTRKRFT (and most DJs) need to move around a bit, I know that your Macbook is sweet, but there’s a crowd to entertain
- Kings of Leon brought the hard rock
- the Arcade Fire needs a new sound guy (maybe that was Coachella’s fault)
- Red Hot Chili Peppers needed more BloodSugarSexMagik, amazing light show though
- Sunday Favorites: Lupe Fiasco, the Roots, Rage Against the Machine
- Mika should be the lead singer of an 80s hair metal band
- Lupe Fisaco wins the Grammy (or he should have at least)
- Against Me! brought some pure punk to Coachella
- The Roots almost made me cry, up there for best all weekend
- Willie Nelson should sing more about pot, that one song was hilarious
- Crowded House should have left the stage after the water bottle incident
- Manu Chao was overly repetitive, extremely high energy
- Rage Against the Machine never left, they play as if it’s still the 90s. Amazing. Amazing…
It really is hard to believe that it is over. This event that I have obsessed over for three months has come and gone. It was so worth it, and I will be there next year rain or shine.
Anyone remember one of the biggest political bands of all time? Rage Against the Machine left the scene in 2000 due to Zach de la Rocha’s (lead singer) announcement that he didn’t feel that he could stay honest to himself and be in the band. After the breakup, the rest of the band (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk) joined together with former Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell to form Audioslave (which recently broke up.) Forgetting their complicated history, Rage is reuniting to play at Coachella and three more shows as a part of the Rock the Bells concert in New York and Northern/Southern California later this year.Rage plays amazing funk metal infused with very politically charged lyrics. Everyone of their albums is sure to punch you in the face and leave you on the floor bleeding. Tom Morello’s strong guitar sounds go hand in hand with de la Rocha’s emphatic style of writing and execution. Another characteristic of Rage’s music (common to funk metal) is the way that they push the bass to the front many times. It’s very heavy music with a message.I have been in love with Rage for about five or six years now. Yes, this means that I wasn’t into them while they were a band (I was only in 3rd/4th grade when they broke up), but their music hasn’t diminished in meaning as time has passed. If you want to check out what they sound like, I recommend checking out the songs Calm Like a Bomb, Bullet in the Head, and Killing in the Name. If you don’t like those, oh well, those are just my favorite songs. Read more to see the video for Sleep Now in the Fire. Rage Against the Machine will be the headliner for Sunday of Coachella.