Hear Tom Morello and The Bloody Beetroots’ new EP The Catastrophists

The seven-track EP is out now.

Guitarist Tom Morello and electronic duo The Bloody Beetroots have collaborated on a new EP, entitled The Catastrophists. On the EP the two artists are joined by Pussy Riot, Aimee Interrupter, White Lung, Ana Tjoux and The Last Internationale.

The EP’s lead single, Radium Girls, features Pussy Riot‘s Nadya Tolokonnikova, Amy Interrupter, White Lung’s Mish Way, Ana Tijoux and The Last Internationale’s Delila Paz. Morello executive produced the record, with The Bloody Beetroots’ Bob Rifo and Carl Restivo providing extra production.

Morello explained in a statement how the EP was born from “some scratchy voice memo recordings of guitar riffs” that he sent to Bob Rifo during the pandemic.

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“Working on these songs with the Italian-based The Bloody Beetroots was a literal life raft during a time of fear and anxiety. The Catastrophists is unapologetically riff-heavy but laced with a dark tension, reflecting the times,” he said.

“[The EP] kept me sane and unexpectedly allowed me to make connections and really push myself as a guitarist, songwriter, and artist during a period of isolation.”

Rifo said The Catastrophists comes years after the pair first tried to collaborate, never found the time to complete a full project. “This record is the result of two-plus years of misaligned schedules, then a 14-month lockdown that forced us to work from different continents. Clearly, this was meant to be. It needed to exist.”

The seven-track EP also features a remix of the track Weather Strike, Morello’s first collaboration with Pussy Riot. Nadya Tolokonnikova said at the time of its release that the song is “a dreamy, utopian track for me. We loudly proclaim the future we want to see: alternative systems of public safety where police violence is no longer an issue, an ultimate joy of rebellion and rejecting injustice.”

You can hear the EP in full below.

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