Revolutionary musicians Prophets Of Rage (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord) have shared the piercing brand new track and video ‘Pop Goes The Weapon'. With the band’s masterful musicianship driving a menacing lyric and snarling vocal from B-Real, it puts a sharp focus on the dire consequences of America’s never-ending gun violence epidemic.
Actual American carnage is powerfully depicted in the track’s gripping video. A comprehensive list of 2019’s mass shootings (so far), including the date, location and number of those killed and injured unspools over scenes from America’s gun-obsessed culture and the blood-stained headlines generated in its aftermath. The video ends as the names of those lost recently in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton scroll silently by. The three mass shootings all happened within less than 10 days of each other.
“’Pop Goes The Weapon’ reflects the ongoing gun violence happening in America,” states B Real. “Guns are both the subject of religious worship AND huge profits in the United States,” adds Tom Morello. “Combined with emboldened white nationalism, the recent epidemic of massacres is little surprise. ’Pop Goes The Weapon’ channels our “thoughts & prayers” through Marshall stacks & microphones.” Prophets Of Rage just wrapped a triumphant European tour that saw them perform for more than one million people in just the first few shows alone.