Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford has introduced a new power trio called Wakrat. Filled out by drummer Mathias Wakrat and guitarist Laurent Grangeon, the punk and hardcore-influenced band is working on a debut album that is described as rooted in the Minutemen, Bad Brains, and Fugazi.
The music is dark and very personal to Commerford, who wrote all the lyrics. “I’ve been dealing with some very deep, dark family stuff in the last year, stuff that left me in tears,” he told Rolling Stone. “I spent a lot of time crying in the last year and feeling trapped and alone. Sometimes the dark side spawns incredible things, and the music came from that. It’s the ray of sun at the end of the day. I went through some deep shit that I hope I never go through again, but look what came from it: this incredible opportunity in music that I love.”
The bassist also says the project is different from his other fledgling project, Future User, which released several music videos this year. “There are a lot of Rage fans that didn’t really get what I was doing with Future User, but I really feel that they’re going to get this,” Commerford said. “This is some [expletive] I have not done before. I haven’t played in a band that’s this uptempo and punk and furious, but this is me.”
Get a taste of what’s to come with the video for Wakrat’s premier, “Knucklehead”: