Guitarist Tom Morello said the time is “perfect” for Rage Against the Machine, explaining to Guitarre Bass:
“Today would be the perfect time for Rage. But 10 years ago that was not very different, and in 10 years it will certainly be similar.
“It’s always a good time for a band like us, but it’s not an easy journey either. If you want to be a successful musician, it’s definitely easier to write songs about drugs and women than about how fucked up the world is.
“Most people get along better with a nice melody and a shallow text, than with an angry melody and a snappy text.”
Asked if Donald Trump’s presidency would not have happened had the people listened to RATM, Tom replied:
“No, that’s not how I see it. It happens on a daily basis that people approach me on the street – in Los Angeles as well as in Berlin – and say things like, ‘Your music has changed my life.’
“This shows that the many small seeds that we have laid out over the years have risen – that we have left a lasting impression.
“But we also know that as a rock ‘n’ roll band, you can not really change the world. Rather, it is up to each individual to do the best they can, depending on their respective talents.
“For example, I’m just a guitarist, that’s all. But I know that I have to do something beyond the use of my instrument.”