Tom Morello, pioneering guitarist for Rage Against The Machine, has resurfaced to create a track along with Shea Diamond, Dan Reynolds and the Bloody Beetroots to encourage people to speak out on current societal injustices.
The song, “Stand Up,” is a literal call to action due to it’s title, but further, the collective artists rail against police brutality, racism and white privilege. Reynolds hits hard on the chorus, asking whether he’d be hurt too if he called the police for help before trading verses with Diamond about police corruption and the danger it poses to Black lives. Morello, as always, lays down a solid track with aggressive riffs throughout. Listen to the new production here.
The recording isn’t just meant to shine a light on current issues, as proceeds will be split between a number of nonprofits focused on the fight for racial justice, including the NAACP, Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute. In addition, Interscope Records and KIDinaKORNER have pledged to donate an amount equal to the artists’ record royalties derived from streams of the track over the next three years.