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Tom Morello announces new Nightwatchman LP: World Wide Rebel Songs

on August 10, 2011, 12:15pm

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With Rage Against the Machine possibly in flux, axe man Tom Morello has once again turned to his solo career to drop all sorts of sonic insurrection. After signing with New West Records earlier this year, Morello will release his third album under The Nightwatchman moniker when World Wide Rebel Songs hits stores on August 30th.

The self-produced, 12-track effort is a change of pace from the usual acoustic offerings of past Nightwatchman albums, with the record featuring a full electric backing band called The Freedom Fighter Orchestra (comprised of Dave Gibbs on bass, Carl Restivo on guitar and piano, Chris Joyner on keyboard, and Eric Gardner on drums.) In describing the record, Morello states, “Troubled times call out for troubled songs. World Wide Rebel Songs is an album of rousing hopelessness and this time The Nightwatchman has brought along his electric guitar to tip the scales. I wanted to capture a vibe midway between Johnny Cash and Che Guevara, murder ballads and Molotov anthems.”

Our first taste of the album, available below for listening, is the Thin Lizzy-inspired arena rock anthem of “It Begins Tonight”. Just under that are the album’s tracklist and Morello’s upcoming tour dates, where he’ll support the likes of Incubus and Rise Against.

The Nightwatchman – “It Begins Tonight”

World Wide Rebel Songs Tracklist:
01. Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine
02. The Dogs of Tijuana
03. It Begins Tonight
04. Save The Hammer For The Man featuring Ben Harper
05. The Fifth Horseman Of The Apocalypse
06. Speak and Make Lightning
07. Facing Mount Kenya
08. The Whirlwind
09. Stray Bullets
10. Branding Iron
11. World Wide Rebel Songs
12. God Help Us All

The Nightwatchman 2011 Tour Dates:
08/07 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
08/17 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater *
08/19 – Kansas City, KS @ KRBZ Beach Ball *
08/21 – Chicago, IL @ Charter One Pavilion *
08/23 – Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Center *
08/24 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Center *
08/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Nautica Amphitheater *
08/27 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Folk Festival
08/28 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater *
09/01 – New York, NY @ CIty Winery
09/02 – Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere
09/05 – Madison, WI @ The Barrymore Theatre $
09/06 – Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop $
09/07 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop $
11/02 – Nottingham, UK @ O2 Academy Nottingham #
11/03 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy Leeds #
11/04 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy #
11/05 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo #
11/07 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham #
11/08 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy Newcastle #
11/09 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton #
11/12 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy #
11/13 – Southampton, UK @ Guildhall #

* = w/ Incubus
# = w/ Rise Against
$ = The Justice Tour w/ Tim McIlrath of Rise Against