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WAKRAT EARACHE, OUT NOW Rage Against The Ma­chine man re­turns with new punk band.

Tim Com­mer­ford’s basslines not only pro­vided a spine to Rage Against The Ma­chine’s in­sur­rec­tionary songs, they also pro­duced some of their most ar­rest­ing mo­ments. While this proven abil­ity didn’t trans­late to his elec­tro-rock band Future User last year, it cer­tainly does in Wakrat. Emerg­ing here as a bullish punk trio – al­beit one with sur­plus tech­ni­cal chops – their snarling songs are su­per­charged by Com­mer­ford’s dis­tinc­tive bass throbs and gruff vo­cals. Lyri­cally, Wakrat are wide open to any­one want­ing to cri­tique their un­sub­tle na­ture – there is, af­ter all, a song called Gen­er­a­tion Fucked. It may be blunt, but it is de­lib­er­ately, if not deliri­ously so. That’s why this de­but’s so pow­er­ful. GE­ORGE GAR­NER

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