Tom Morello has enlisted the help of the New York electronic/indie duo Phantogram to play on his new single ‘Driving To Texas’. The Fender Telecaster-toting Rage Against The Machine guitarist offers up a languid, tortured track, that seems to be somewhat of a departure for him.
The song will appear on the upcoming LP The Atlas Underground Fire, the follow up to his acclaimed 2018 solo album The Atlas Underground. Morello told the NME: “I’d worked with Josh (Carter) from Phantogram on my first Atlas Underground album and I was thrilled when he and Sarah reached out about collaborating on this record. This song is creepy as hell — a dark journey, a struggle for a tortured soul.”
He then explained his visceral guitar solo on the track: “The guitar solo needed to feel like a vengeful angel who has come down to decide the fate of the protagonist. Will they descend into the abyss or will they find redemption?”
Morello continued: “‘Driving to Texas,’ really shows the breadth of the music you’ll hear on this record. Sarah has one of the most haunting and beautiful voices of anyone singing today, and Josh’s production is stylistically so fresh and eerie.”
Earlier this month, Morello surprised audiences by revealing that Kanye West ranked among those who inspired the recording process of his upcoming album, which is due on October 15 via Mom + Pop Music.
Morello explained the second-handed influence of Kayne West on the upcoming album: “I read an interview with Kanye West, who was bragging about the fact that he had recorded vocals for two of his albums on the voice memo on his phone. And I said, ‘Well if it’s good enough for vocals on a Kanye West record, maybe I can record guitar riffs into my phone.'”
Earlier this month, Morello released a hard-rocking cover of the iconic AC/DC hit ‘Highway To Hell‘ alongside none other than Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder, to tease his upcoming album.
Listen to ‘Driving To Texas’, below.