A short video clip of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello talking about the song “We Are The 99 Percent”, which is his collaboration with SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian and RISE AGAINST singer Tim McIlrath, can be seen below.
“We Are The 99 Percent” is streaming at RollingStone.com and is available as a free download at Tankian and Morello‘s Axis Of Justice web site. Morello called the track “our gift” to the Occupy movement, which recently commemorated its one-year anniversary and which Morello has been a constant supporter of during that time.
Morello explained, “I wanted to do a huge riff-rock anthem. It would feel like the excitement of the global Occupy Wall Street movement.”
In addition to the three musicians, the song also features field recordings of Occupy protesters in downtown Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park and Liberty Square.
Morello feels that the Occupy movement has brought attention to “the horrific economic inequality that plagues the planet” and “grotesque global poverty and the growing inequality in our country.”
Listen to “We Are The 99 Percent” below.