|Tom Morello is set to release a new EP, Union Town, May 17 with a physical CD and vinyl release to followJuly 19. All profits from the disc will benefit The America Votes Labor Unity Fund. The studio recording consists of eight pro-union songs featuring three Tom Morello originals, as well as the Woody Guthrie classic “This Land Is Your Land.” The title track is available now at SaveWorkers.org. On the heels of Union Town, Tom Morello, as The Nightwatchman, will release his third full length solo album, World Wide Rebel Songs, later this summer.
On February 21, Morello performed at the Capitol Square in Madison, Wisconsin, in protest to an anti-union bill put forward by Governor Scott Walker.
|“Seeing 100,000 people in the streets, demanding justice, inspired me to record an album of union fighting songs,” Morello said. “I’ve been a proud union man for 22 years and my mom was a union public high school teacher, so for me this fight is very personal. Unions are a crucial counterweight to the raw corporate greed that torpedoed our economy, threatens our environment, and wants to strip away decades of social progress. From Cairo to Madison, workers are pushing back and tyrants are falling. Here’s a soundtrack for our fight.”|
Morello is an original member of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. He released his first album as The Nightwatchman in 2007. In ’09, he formed the band Street Sweeper Social Club with Boots Riley of The Coup. He is a graduate of Harvard University with honors as a Political Science major and has been a recognized political activist throughout his career. In ’06, he was the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award.