Tom Morello Thinks The World Doesn’t Need Rock Infused ‘Shitty Pop Songs’ Right Now
Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist Tom Morello revealed his thoughts on current mainstream music in an interview with NME. He stated that after the pandemic, the world doesn’t need ‘shitty pop songs.’
In August, Morello announced he would release his new album ‘The Atlas Underground Fire’ on October 15. He disclosed some epic collaborations with stars such as Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Bring Me the Horizon, Phantogram, and Mike Posner. The 2021 album contains covers of legendary songs such as AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell,’ and Bring Me the Horizons’s ‘Let’s Get the Party Started.’
In his recent interview, the guitarist stated that this album was a lockdown record. With Rage Against the Machine, he would always contribute to songs with revolutionary political messages. However, this album became a personal one for him, especially because it was produced during the pandemic.
According to Morello, after the pandemic, the world doesn’t need rock sounds and guitars used in mainstream songs by pop artists, since nowadays, there are a lot of artists that are inspired by rock and roll. However, they generally just add guitar riffs or solos to mainstream popular music.
Here is what Tom Morello said:
“First of all, I would say that guitars falling out of mainstream music says more about mainstream music than it does about guitars. I’m not sure that pop artists putting a Marshall stack sheen on some shitty pop song is exactly what the world needs right now. But there’s nothing like the visceral feeling of rock music. How that connects to an audience is something that will continue to come back around. It’s certainly come back around on this record.”
The guitarist thinks that the deep feeling of rock and roll sounds is important. This feeling of connecting to the audience through music is a concept that will always be rock and roll’s main characteristic. This isn’t true in the case of mainstream music, or as he calls it, ‘shitty pop songs.’