Prophets of Rage formed with a goal of “confront[ing] this mountain of election year bullshit,” so it’s no surprise that their first music video comes with an urgent call to action: “The world isn’t going to change itself. That’s up to you.”
In their turbulent debut video for “Prophets of Rage,” the group includes a quick recap of their history. A brief prologue covers the Prophets’ May 31st formation date and notes the locations of several important early shows at Norco Penitentiary, Skid Row and the Republican National Convention.
The video subsequently mixes performance footage with atmosphere shots from the events: stern groups of police, a homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk, protesters marching, crowds moshing and band members with both fists and middle fingers raised.
“Prophets of Rage” came out on the band’s The Party’s Over EP last month. The group is in the middle of a lengthy national tour that continues through October 16th. “We’ve come back to remind everyone what raging against the machine really means,” Tom Morello told Rolling Stone when the band formed. “It’s a voice that’s been missing too long in the national/international dialogue and it’s back. What better place than here? What better time than now?”