Rage Against the Machine/Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello is staying busy this fall. He's got a star-studded solo album about to drop (see details below), but first up is his new reworked cover of the AC/DC classic "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" for the upcoming 57-song protest compilation Appleseed's 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches. The collection will also include contributions from Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Donovan and more, and will span the folk protest label's more than two-decade history of self-described "truth telling, preserving our wisdom keepers both past and present, and keeping the legacy of roots music alive for future generations truth telling, preserving our wisdom keepers both past and present, and keeping the legacy of roots music alive for future generations." Long known for his activist viewpoints and politically charged art, Morello addresses current problems in America such as gun violence, the opioid epidemic, racism and the threat of war on his tweaked AC/DC take. Hear it below.
Morello will follow up this song with his own solo album, due out October 12th on Mom & Pop Music. The Atlas Underground will feature guest spots from popular artists such as Portugal. The Man, Marcus Mumford, Gary Clark Jr. and Tim McGrath from Rise Against, and aims to blend rock with EDM and hip hop. Of the project, Morello says, "The riffs and the beats led the way, but the extraordinary talents of the collaborators set my creativity into uncharted territory." You can pre-order your copy here, and catch Morello on tour this fall.