Tom Morello has released his guest-laden EP with The Bloody Beetroots today on New Music Friday – have a listen right here via Spotify.
Tom Morello hooked up remotely with The Bloody Beetroots for The Catastrophists EP, also finding time to invite many other musicians on to the seven-track collection, these including Pussy Riot, Jehnny Beth and Aimee Interrupter.
“In the midst of the darkest days of the pandemic I sent some scratchy voice memo recordings of guitar riffs to The Bloody Beetroots,” Morello recalls. “What came back were huge devastating grooves which became the genesis of The Catastrophists EP.”
“Working on these songs with the Italian based The Bloody Beetroots was a literal life raft during a time of fear and anxiety. The Catastrophists is unapologetically riff heavy but laced with a dark tension, reflecting the times.”
“Featuring the lead track Radium Girls, the pandemic inspired The Devil’s Infantry (with a defiant cameo from Mary Morello), a brutal remix of the Pussy Riot collab Weather Strike, Ana Tijoux’s smoldering bars eulogizing 43 missing Mexican students on Lightning Over Mexico, the escaped slave narrative Keep Going, a high octane takedown of the commodification of beauty on Field Of Tigers, and the soaring finale aboard the ghost ship Mary Celeste, The Catastrophists, forged with the immensely talented The Bloody Beetroots, kept me sane and unexpectedly allowed me to make connections and really push myself as a guitarist, songwriter, and artist during a period of isolation.”