Tom Morello has today released the video for ‘Every Step That I Take’ featuring Portugal. The Man & Whethan from his recently released collaborative album, ‘The Atlas Underground’.
The video concept was to convey a modern take on the story of Joe Hill. Tom explains: “Revolutionary labour troubadour Joe Hill was murdered by a Utah firing squad for a crime he did not commit. They pinned a heart and crosshairs to his chest so the firing squad wouldn’t miss. His ashes were mailed to the four corners of the world and from those ashes generations of new revolutionaries continue to rise. ‘The Atlas Underground’ sprang from those ashes as well and is proof that ideas, songs and struggle are bulletproof.”
Director Sean Evans created the video using 3-D technology, describing how the idea came together, he says: “I started messing around with 3-D scanning end of last year because, as it turned out, I was walking around with a 3-D scanner, my freaking iPhone! Using it gave insane results, this broken technology vibe, it seemed like a perfect look to create a world out of for ‘Every Step That I Take’, though it proved to be quite an undertaking. Worth it in the end!”
Further expanding Morello’s commitment to empowering worthy organisations, he has again partnered with Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) for this release. Tom and John Gourley of Portugal. The Man will take part in a Facebook Live SAVE fundraiser tonight at 8pm – tune in here. SAVE is the leading American nonprofit agency working to prevent suicide through raising public awareness and education, reducing stigma around mental illness and suicide, and serving as a resource for those touched by suicide.
‘The Atlas Underground’, which is available now, marks the most ambitious artistic effort of Tom’s storied career, which includes being co-founder of Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and Prophets of Rage.