Tom Morello Talks About Touring With NIN

Teaming up with vocalist Boots Riley of The Coup, Tom Morello has formed Street Sweeper Social Club and is preparing to release the band's self-titled debut album on June 16.

Tom Morello Talks About Touring With NIN
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2009 is bound to be a busy year for Tom Morello (known for his work with Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, and The Nightwatchman). Teaming up with vocalist Boots Riley of The Coup, Tom has formed Street Sweeper Social Club and is preparing to release the band's self-titled debut album on June 16. The band is currently touring with the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction and according to Morello; the invitation to join them on tour came as a surprise. We were finishing mixing our record when Trent called up and said, 'Hey, want to do the [Nine Inch Nails/Jane's Addiction] tour?' Morello tells Billboard.com. So all of a sudden the leisurely mixing process became, 'We gotta get this out right now! We've got to start rehearsing for the tour tomorrow!' Morello adds that it was an easy decision to make. He says, Both bands are friends from back in the day, so there's a very good, family kind of vibe. [Reznor] has been a great host on the tour. Morello recalls how Street Sweeper Social Club began back in 2007 when he offered tour-mate Boots Riley to join a new band with him. When Audioslave broke up, we had dinner and I made him an offer he couldn't refuse, Morello says. I told him, 'We're in a band. It's called Street Sweeper Social Club. It's revolutionary party jams.' Then I handed him a cassette tape of 24 song ideas and said 'Write to this.' He was given no choice in the matter - and to date, he hasn't said 'yes.' But it's been going very well. While the new band's rapping vocals and political themes will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Rage Against The Machine, Morello says that what sets this band apart is in Boots' delivery. Boots' storytelling relies a lot on humor and satire, Morello says. One of my main jobs as a producer was to really present his lyrical vision in a way that people really see how great this guy is. I think they'll be blown away. Morello confirms that Street Sweeper Social Club is planning to embark on a headlining tour of North America and possibly Europe as soon as late summer and early fall. He also reassures fans of The Coup, The Nightwatchman, and Rage Against The Machine that all those bands will continue alongside Street Sweeper Social Club.

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    ElectriPUNK
    I was just the concert and the stuff was amazing, as good as NIN and blew Jane's Addiction out of the water. Tom Morello is a great guitarist. As for this being a 'side project', does anyone really care? If you like the music, buy it and listen, if you don't, don't. Plus i think Tom Morello gets to decide what to do, maybe he doesn't want to get too famous and mainstream.
    Mondo Generator
    Fucking missed them in Mountain View. my friend told me that He and NIN rocked and that Janes Addiction just sucked
    Eternium
    Street Sweeper is actually a badass band for anyone who thinks otherwise. I was at the second NINJA show, all of the bands were amazing. (NIN being one of my favorites)
    inflatablepie
    I saw street sweeper's debut concert and I loved it. Boots and Tom both have amazing presence onstage and they play well off each other. Boots' lyrics are amazing too. This is NOT a side project.
    buddyboombotz
    I really want some Rage. Not to sound whiney, but come one. It would be so sweet. Especially since Zack's rapping is so awesome with One day as a lion, it would be sweet to see it with Rage. Though, it'd be slightly different since they're not the twenty year olds they used to be.
    caleb69
    Seriously zmorello should just stick to RATM...or any project with him using his guitar effects skills...no offense but NIN and Janes addiction are boring bands
    slut
    mka12992
    visiofx wrote: Seriously zmorello should just stick to RATM...or any project with him using his guitar effects skills...no offense but NIN and Janes addiction are boring bands
    Hmm, that's funny, I don't know how NIN could be boring. I mean, everytime I listen to The Downward Spiral, or the Fragile, I hear something new.
    bloke
    anyone know if he's going to be playing with NIN in London this July?
    nailsarecruel
    caleb69 wrote: Seriously zmorello should just stick to RATM...or any project with him using his guitar effects skills...no offense but NIN and Janes addiction are boring bands slut
    LULZ
    god of iceland
    TheStruction wrote: visiofx wrote: Seriously zmorello should just stick to RATM...or any project with him using his guitar effects skills...no offense but NIN and Janes addiction are boring bands You will burn in hell! =)
    lol thestruction is right, those bands are really bad
    Jondy
    ok totally misunderstood the title. thought morello was doing guitar FOR NIN. my jaw had dropped straight to the floor. that would be some weird ****.
    FeiRei
    Am I the only person who think The Nightwatchman was AMAZING? I was never a huge Audioslave fan, though it was good. Chris Cornell is not my cup of tea in singers. I want Zack to put out some more freakin One Day As A Lion stuff.
    gometal6
    idk. i never got into NIN. i should probably give them a shot. but heck, id go to see tom morello any day (and im glad i felt that way BEFORE guitar hero 3 came out) xD
    xAxioNx
    zack and tom is the only true combination =) street sweepers is cool, but the originality resembles a lot to RATM. I want do do a deathcoreband with influences of this dude
    tomo542
    he makes good music but without a good bassist behind him, it sounds bleh if you know what i mean
    emoney52
    This sounds really cool...I love everything Morello has ever done, so I will probably be following this
    Emerman
    Sounds cool. I saw The Nightwatchman earlier this year, great show, and Boots was his opening act. By himself Boots was absolutely terrible, i mean just awful, but their group act was actually pretty good, reminded me of Rage which is sweet.
    PSM
    I just opened up for these guys in NYC at Kenny's Castaways for their pre-tour warm-up show and they put on one kickass show. Tight as hell. Tom and Boots are good guys, too.
    forsaknazrael
    this&that wrote: uhh, not thanks. he should stop whoring himself out.
    fail. looking forward to it.
    zAg1619
    this&that wrote: uhh, not thanks. he should stop whoring himself out.
    What it sounds like, is that you would much rather he ***** himself out to whatever your tastes are, which would not make any sense. Having said that, I would love to hear some new Rage sometime within the next 5 years, but if he wants to do something else, that's fine. Let the man do what he wants.
    98Timberwolf
    I would prefer that he focus on RATM and come out with a new album, but as long as he's doing what he wants to do and enjoying himself that's cool too.
    EchoesOfTheMoon
    I saw SSSC open up for NIN in Chicago and for all of you saying to stop forming mediocre side projects you are simply wrong about this one. They had a ton of energy and really got the crowd going. Morello's solos were insane. The crowd actually wanted them to keep playing, which is rather unusual for a band opening for NIN.
    visiofx
    Seriously zmorello should just stick to RATM...or any project with him using his guitar effects skills...no offense but NIN and Janes addiction are boring bands
    c-rob6422
    this&that wrote: uhh, not thanks. he should stop whoring himself out.
    dude he's doing what he wants to do, writing music, and touring to support it. I'm going to go buy tix as soon as they are out, SON
    webbtje
    this&that wrote: uhh, not thanks. he should stop whoring himself out.
    I know, what a *****, writing music and touring to support it, right?
    KorbalBroach
    I really wish he would stop wasting his time with mediocre side projects and write some new material with Rage. The new track they played at some gigs during their last tour was awesome and any new Rage material is generally a good thing, not the crap he turns out as Nightwatchman.
    Covin
    Sounds like it's what Rage would've been like if they had just stayed together...
    Andragon
    Then it's gonna be called the "NINJA TM" tour. Good for him. He's just moving away from the whole label/band commitment and doing what he wants to do.
    DeathzMetal666
    visiofx wrote: Seriously zmorello should just stick to RATM...or any project with him using his guitar effects skills...no offense but NIN and Janes addiction are boring bands
    i agree!
    TheStruction
    visiofx wrote: Seriously zmorello should just stick to RATM...or any project with him using his guitar effects skills...no offense but NIN and Janes addiction are boring bands
    You will burn in hell! =)
    keithmoon15
    i recently have gotten into the coup, and oh my god wow boots riley is incredible. SSSC is great too, i have seen footage of them and i like what i see my favorite rapper and one of my favorite guitarists together
    Cobalt Blue
    AD57 wrote: Seeing them tomorrow. im really liking the new stuff.
    Toronto i'm guessing? I didn't hear about it 'till last week and was obviously sold out. If the Street Sweeper song they played at the nightwatchman show in the summer was any indication it's going to kick some maximum ass.
    Shockball V
    this&that wrote: uhh, not thanks. he should stop whoring himself out.
    Grow up Let him do what he wants. Quit being a brat. WHINE WHINE!
    societysphantom
    Shockball V wrote: this&that wrote: uhh, not thanks. he should stop whoring himself out. Grow up Let him do what he wants. Quit being a brat. WHINE WHINE!
    I concur ... Morello is an activist who uses music as a way to represent for his cause. If u don't like his stuff, thas cool, its not for everybody. But don't bash him just cause .. its just straight ignorant