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RATM’s Tim Commerford Launches New Band WAKRAT, Debuts Video

Tim Commerford, Mathias Wakrat and Laurent Grangeon
Tim Commerford, Mathias Wakrat and Laurent Grangeon

Rage Against The Machine bassist and former Audioslave member Tim Commerford has formed a new punk and hardcore-influenced band – WAKRAT.  In addition to Commerford who sings and plays bass, the group consists of drummer Mathias Wakrat and guitarist Laurent Grangeon.

“I am as excited about Wakrat and what we’re doing musically as I was when Rage Against The Machine first started,” Commerford said.  “Wakrat is brand new, we’re not a ‘known commodity,’ so we’re looking forward to finishing the album, paying our dues and earning our fans, and getting out there and playing shows as often as possible.”

While Wakrat finish recording their debut album, they’ve launched their first video for the track ‘Knucklehead.”  Visually, the video is a wild, dizzying spectacle shot at the band’s Los Angeles rehearsal studio with cameras attached to flying drones and an abundance of go-pros positioned literally in every nook and cranny of the room.  Lyrically, the song is rooted in a dark, difficult time Commerford went through personally, and putting that struggle into words and music helped the musician come out the other side. “I don’t ever want to go back there again,” Commerford says, “but it lead to ‘Knucklehead,’ so it all worked out.”

Wakrat has already been confirmed to play a series of major European festivals this summer and will be announcing North American dates soon.

18 – Frequency, Vienna
20 – Pukkelpop, Belgium
21 – Lowlands, Holland
26 – Rock en Seine, Paris
27 – Reading, UK
28 – Leeds, UK

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