The second single “Radium Girls” features Pussy Riot, Aimee Interrupter of The Interrupters and Mish Way of White Lung and Delila Paz of The Last Internationale.
Just last month, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello debuted his joint protest track in “Weather Strike,” a collaboration featuring Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova.
Produced by multi-instrumentalist Carl Restivo, the effort boasted an artistic visual helmed by filmmaker & 3-D artist Ksti Hu. The track was ultimately remixed by The Bloody Beetroots, taking an already combustible track and pouring gasoline all over it.
While the track was considered to be a one off joint effort, the reality was that a whole new project was in the making. That remix was ultimately spark the forthcoming Catastrophists EP featuring Tom Morello and The Bloody Beetroots.
Making the collaboration’s announcement official, the tandem have released yet another scorcher from the 7-track effort in “Radium Girls” boasting an all-start line-up of some of the most assertive female voices in the game. Again linking with Pussy Riot, the second single also touts Aimee Interrupter of ska punk outfit The Interrupters, Mish Way of White Lung, and The Last Internationale’s Delila Paz for a showing that is both confrontational in its message and cutting edge in it’s presentation.
Morello discussed the historical context of most recent track and why it serves as such a powerful introduction to the EP. “Four extraordinary women (Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, The Interrupters’ Aimee Interrupter, White Lung’s Mish Way, The Last Internationle’s Delila Paz) and the ferocious production of The Bloody Beetroots breathe life into the true story of the Radium Girls, young Illinois factory workers who were the victims of one of the most heinous crimes in US industrial history. I spent every summer as a kid near Ottawa, Illinois where these doomed girls used deadly radium laced paint to make glow in the dark watches. They were encouraged to lick the paintbrushes to a point to increase productivity and profit and in the end their bones literally fell apart from cancer and they were so toxic they had to be buried in lead lined coffins. The resulting court cases and publicity led to historic nationwide labor protection legislation. Every year I place flowers at the small monument to these quiet heroes and this song is dedicated to their memory.”
The Bloody Beetroots echo the spirit of angst at the core of this EP and how “Radium Girls” typifies that. “Radium Girls is what happens when two punks go off to battle; each with his weapon of choice.”
The Catastrophists EP arrives June 18th.