New York City’s Outernational has just released Todos Somos Ilegales, a free 18 track genre-bending bilingual mixtape album featuring collaborations with Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman), Calle 13 (nine time 2011 Latin Grammy Winner) Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), plus special guest appearances by Tijuana songstress Ceci Bastida, transglobal tropical club DJ Uproot Andy and revolutionary leader Bob Avakian. This record is both sweeping and singular.
Todos Somos Ilegales translates as “We Are All Illegals” and the record is a scathing expose of a system that criminalizes those who produce the wealth it rests upon. Over the course of 11 songs and 8 film-scored interludes, Outernational weaves together stories of the shadowy southern borderland, bringing the isolation, desperation, raw terror and bitter irony of the American past and present into clear focus, uniquely contrasting that with the band’s revolutionary vision of an emancipated humanity and a liberated planet.
Outernational just released a video for their cover of ‘When The Ship Comes In,’ currently featured on Amnesty International’s Bob Dylan tribute, Chimes Of Freedom. The song features legendary Traveling Wilbury and John Lennon collaborator Jim Keltner on drums, who has recorded numerous times with Dylan himself.
A recent article on Huffington Post said it well, “If listening to more meaningful music is your New Year’s resolution, you have to peep this band that has come out strong in support of equal rights for all.”
In the coming weeks Outernational will release a video for the first single “The Beginning Is Here.” On February 2 the band appeared live at the former CBGB’s featuring Chad Smith, courtesy of John Varvatos who tweeted”OUTERNATIONAL and Chad Smith absolutely killed it last night!!!!!! Thanks for everything. You guys are starting a revolution.”
In the months ahead the band will continue to spearhead a new cultural upsurge and “restore righteous indignation to rock and roll” (New Yorker) with the release of Welcome To The Revolution in spring 2012, which features Chad Smith on drums. Future Rock (produced by Tom Morello) will be released soon after. Recorded at ten-time Grammy Award Winner Jim Scott’s PLYRZ studio, these records capture the intensity that is the Outernational live show paired with deep and expansive songwriting and musicianship.
Outernational has shared the stage with Tom Morello, Gogol Bordello, G.B.H., The Wailers, Patti Smith, Jello Biafra, Chris Cornell, The Pogues, Anti-Flag, Shooter Jennings, Jenni Rivera, Fishbone, Dub Trio, International Noise Conspiracy. Outernational has also been featured at SXSW, CMJ, VANS Warped Tour, Bonnaroo Festival, Bamboozle Festival.