RATM’S TIM COMMERFORD SMASHING THE GRID WITH NEW BAND WAKRAT

Former Rage Against The Machine/Prophets Of Rage bassist Tim Commerford‘s new band, Wakrat (pronounced wôk•rat) are already making something of a name for themselves without playing a note.

Along with Commerford, guitarist Laurent Grangeon and drummer Mathias Wakrat, led a protest through the streets of London, declaring a brand new micronation in what was formerly known as Parliament Square in an effort to expose the failings of the current political system.

The so-called Republic of Wakrat proudly “welcomes everyone of all ethnicities, backgrounds, genders, generations, sexualities, dis/abilities and faiths, and offers a fresh alternative to the current system.

Arriving to a legion of fans, media and bewildered tourists in an iconic red London bus decorated with the words #GenerationFucked – the title of the band’s new single – the protest created headlines across the UK and beyond, striking a chord in the current climate of political unrest.  Everyone is invited to join the Republic of Wakrat at http://www.republicofwakrat.com

The video, Smashing The Grid, which you can watch below, features the band talking about their formation, the creation of their self-titled debut album, their use of different effects and sounds, and quite a bit more.

The band’s guitarist Laurent Grangeon comments: “We need to do something completely opposite of that boxed-in, overproduced, gutless type of music that’s hammered every day.”

Their self-titled debut album is due to be released on November 11th on physical formats and November 8th on digital formats to coincide with the US election.  It can be pre-ordered now on ultra-limited, hand-stencilled and signed vinyl, signed CD and coloured vinyl, regular CD and vinyl, and t-shirt bundles at http://www.earache.com/wakrat

The album is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, which will give you an instant download of the track Generation Fucked, at http://bit.ly/wakrat-itunes

If you’re over in the US, Wakrat are about to go on tour with Commerford‘s other new band, the Rage Against The Machine/Cypress Hill/Public Enemy hybrid, Prophets Of Rage:

Aug. 19 – Fairfax, VA – EagleBank Arena
Aug. 20 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Aug. 21 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Aug. 23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Aug. 24 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 26 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Aug. 28 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 30 – Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
Sep. 01 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 03 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep. 04 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep. 05 – Kansas City, MO – PMCA
Sep. 07 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sep. 10 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Sep. 11 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
Sep. 13 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Sep. 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sep. 25 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sep. 27 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone
Oct. 01 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Oct. 02 – West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
Oct. 04 – Atlanta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Oct. 05 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Oct. 08 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct. 09 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center

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