Outernational's Music Takes On New Significance With Announcement of Ryan as Romney Running Mate

Posted by Billyjam, August 13, 2012 03:36am | Post a Comment
In celebration of their brand new Tom Morello produced Future Rock EP (available at Amoeba Hollywood) the group Outernational are currently on a two month tour with stops this week in Texas, Arizona, and California where they will play Fulton 55  in Fresno on Thursday (Aug 16), El Callejon in Salinas on Friday (Aug 17), and at The Satellite  in Los Angeles on Saturday (Aug 18) along with Las Cafeteras and Los Hollywood - all before traveling up to Canada, down South, and back East for more dates on the current tour that goes through the third week of September.

Along the route of this tour Outernational have been attracting new and old fans of their instantly likable world music flavored revolution rock. This is the second tour in the past few months by the hardworking Brooklyn NY based band. Their earlier 2012 concert trek was a unique two month, 2000 mile, tour along the Mexican border when they played venues not typical for touring rock bands including "the farm fields of California" as part of their Todos Somos Ilegales: We are All Illegal' tour 

In the great video clip below from a Chicago show last week the band reference that unique border town tour. This week's Outernational concert stops in Texas, California, and Arizona should hold an equally profound meaning as the band's ever radical music's call for discriminated people to fight back is a message that has taken on new significance with the announcement over the weekend by Mitt Romney of Paul Ryan as his VP running mate.

Ryan, you may recall, voted against the DREAM Act in 2010 and voted for the infamous Sensenbrenner bill in 2005, which would have turned undocumented workers and anyone who helped them – including their priests and pastors – into felons.  Hence the revolutionary tone of Outernational's new EP holds even more meaning to those who feel endangered by the possibility of a Romeny/Ryan victory in November. Rage Against the Machine's Morello, who produced the Future Rock EP, calls the new 5 song EP "an invitation to revolt" and "tenacious, fierce, a genuine call for revolution through music." And, I would add, perfect timing for its release!

Outernational "Deportees"live in Chicago last week (2012)

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