Tom Morello's Street Sweeper Social Club Posts First Single

April 28, 2009 8:32 AM ET

Tom Morello's newest side project, Street Sweeper Social Club — who are already set to open on the Jane's Addiction/Nine Inch Nails tour — have announced the details of their self-titled debut album. The band, featuring rapper Boots Riley of the Coup, will release the 11-track LP on June 16th through WMG's Independent Music Group. The album's first official single, "100 Little Curses," is streaming now on Street Sweeper Social Club's MySpace page.

"It's revolutionary party jams," Morello said in a press release posted on the band's MySpace. "It's got huge steamroller riffs combined with depth, charge, funk, while Boots unloads clip after clip of incendiary rhymes rich with satire and venom." Morello has remained active since the break-up of Audioslave, first reuniting with Rage Against the Machine, then branching out with his solo the Nightwatchman and finally launching the Axis of Justice tour. With Street Sweeper Social Club, Morello has linked up with the similarly politically minded Riley of the poli-hip-hop duo the Coup. "This is a time when the working class is being fleeced left and right. More families will be homeless and more people will be jobless. They'll need something to listen to on their iPods while storming Wall Street," added Riley.

While fans were left disappointed that the Rage reunion never resulted in new songs, between Street Sweeper Social Club and Zack de la Rocha's own One Day as a Lion, there's a pair of quality Rage Against the Machine facsimiles out there making rock-heavy rap music for the Marxist set. In addition to the first single currently streaming on MySpace, a pair of Street Sweeper tracks also appeared on the Jane's Addiction/Nine Inch Nails EP that was available as a free download last month.

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