A thought-provoking video about revolutionary protest was just released by Prophets of Rage. “Radical Eyes” is the third song to be released from their self-titled LP album.
It’s a fast-paced video that goes scrambling through decades of violence, discrimination, struggles of minorities and clashes between protesters. “Radical Eyes” has a slight focus on the recent clashes between protesters and white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. Revolutionary figures like Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou and George Carlin are honored in this video. Even some far-right conservatives were featured in a much less pleasant manner.
“Radical Eyes” is the first song on their self-titled LP.
Prophets of Rage Track List:
1. “Radical Eyes”
2. “Unfuck the World”
3. “Legalize Me”
4. “Living on the 110”
5. “The Counteroffensive”
6. “Hail to the Chief”
7. “Take Me Higher”
8. “Strength in Numbers”
9. “Fired a Shot”
10. “Who Owns Who”
11. “Hands Up”
It sets the tone for the rest of the album tracing the history of hate from the civil rights movement to more recent protesting and inequalities that people are facing today.
“Radical Eyes” is another powerful video following the previously released song “Unfuck the World.” Prophets of Rage are pointing at President Trump, authoritarian dictators, racists and anyone else against equality. The group is joined by Chuck D and B-Real in this high energy video directed by Michael Moore. Combining images of the band performing in front of their roaring crowds and images of things the band stands against create a dramatic tension throughout. Police brutality, President Trump, vice president Mike Pence, the military’s excessive industrial complex, the confederate flag, fake news, mass-produced meat, and the popularity of fame-seeking celebrities are being called-out in the video to do their part to fix the things they screwed up.
The director, Moore, says he is thrilled to be working with his old friends while in the struggle to live at peace. He commented,
“Prophets Of Rage is the right band, saying the right shit, at this very critical moment,” Moore added. “I am proud to have directed this video and I ask all who see it do their part to unfuck this world. ALL HANDS ON DECK!”
They also released “Living on the 110.” It shows the struggles of people in poverty living in America. With the number of people without adequate housing including children, and veterans it gives the viewer an unsettling view of the system in place. Tom Morello said in a statement:
“Living on the 110′ is a song that speaks to the issue of homelessness. The 110 is a freeway in Los Angeles and living beneath it are thousands of homeless people. Bentleys and Rolls Royces roaring by are literally driving on top of the poor and their makeshift homes, a picture perfect analogy for the grotesque economic inequality that plagues our times.”
Prophets of Rage want to bring awareness to poverty. At the end of “Living on the 110” the inspiring, self-righteous quote sums up the entire theme of their self-directed video:
“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.”
The rest of the album will be released on September 15, 2017. The supergroup is also loading up their gear and traveling around the country to support this new album. Starting on September 8 in Boston.
Prophets of Rage tour dates:
9/8 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
9/9 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
9/10 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
9/12 New York, NY – Apollo Theater
9/16 Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
9/17 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
10/1 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival
10/15 Houston, TX – Houston Open Air
10/27 New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
11/4 San Bernardino, CA – Ozzfest Meets Knotfest
UPDATE (8/25): Youtube has removed the video for “Radical Eyes,” and according to the band’s Facebook post, it is because of “whining complaints from right-wing censors.” The video is now being hosted on their Facebook page, so check it out below: