Rage’s Tom Morello and The Coup’s Boots Riley form Street Sweeper

03.09.09 8 years ago

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Tom Morello remains best known as gunslinger for Rage Against the Machine’ and Audioslave, and as his acoustic alter ego, the Nightwatchman. Now, he’s expanding further. He and Boots Riley, of hip-hop group The Coup, have formed a new duo, Street  Sweeper. The name sounds like a new crime fighter, doesn’t it?

The pair has recorded their debut album, but according to Morello’s management company are still deciding which label to sign with. 

“It’s revolutionary party jams,” said Morello of Street Sweeper. But as is Morello’s wont- it’s party with a purpose. He continues, “tt’s got huge steamroller riffs combined with depth, charge, funk, while Boots unloads clip after clip of incendiary rhymes rich with satire and venom.”  Riley added, “This is a time when the working class is being fleeced left and right.  More families will be homeless and more people will be jobless.  They’ll need something to listen to on their iPods while storming Wall Street.” 

Street Sweeper will be the opening act for the Nine Inch Nails/Jane’s Addiction tour we wrote about a few weeks ago.  Tickets for the outing, which begins May 8 in West Palm Beach, Fla., go on sale March 13.

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