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Wakrat. Left to right: Tim Commerford, Mathias Wakrat and Laurent Grangeon
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Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2015–present
Labels Earache Records
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Wakrat is an American trio composed of Tim Commerford, Mathias Wakrat and Laurent Grangeon. [1] The heavily alt-punk-influenced group released their eponymous debut album in 2016.

Tim Commerford American musician

Timothy Robert Commerford is an American musician, best known as the bassist and backing vocalist for the American rock band Rage Against the Machine, supergroups Audioslave and Prophets of Rage (2016–present). Since 2013 and 2015, he has also been the lead singer and bassist of the bands Future User and WAKRAT.

<i>Wakrat</i> (album) 2016 studio album by Wakrat

Wakrat is the debut studio album by American rock band Wakrat released on November 8, 2016.



Tim Commerford met drummer Mathias Wakrat through his Rage Against the Machine bandmate Zack de la Rocha. "We both share the same enthusiasm for riding mountain bikes," says Commerford. "We'd talk for many hours about mountain biking, and one day he was like, 'Oh yeah, I play drums.'" [2] Grangeon and Wakrat met through a mutual friend. With the addition of guitarist, Laurent Grangeon, the punk-and-hardcore-influenced band was formed, and have completed their debut album.

Rage Against the Machine American rock band

Rage Against the Machine is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1991, the group consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk. Their songs express revolutionary political views. As of 2010, they had sold over 16 million records worldwide.

Zack de la Rocha American musician, poet rapper and activist best known as the vocalist and lyricist of rap metal band Rage Against the Machine

Zacharias Manuel de la Rocha is an American musician and activist. He is best known as the vocalist and lyricist of rock band Rage Against the Machine. With former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, de la Rocha also co-founded One Day as a Lion in 2008.

"I am enjoying myself right now on a musical level more than I've enjoyed myself in my entire career ... it's a beautiful thing," says Commerford.

The band played their first show at the Viper Room in Los Angeles on September 14, 2015. Rage Against the Machine bandmates, Tom Morello, de la Rocha, as well as Audioslave bandmate Chris Cornell, came to support Commerford. One month later, they opened for Royal Blood at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA.

The Viper Room geographical object

The Viper Room is a nightclub located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California, United States. It was opened in 1993 and was partly owned by actor Johnny Depp. The other part owner was Sal Jenco who starred in 21 Jump Street with Depp. The club became known for being a hangout of Hollywood elite, and was the site where actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose on Halloween morning in 1993. In early 1995, Australian singer Jason Donovan suffered a drug-induced seizure at the club and survived. The Viper Room has undergone several changes in ownership, and continues to host music of multiple genres, including metal, punk rock, and alternative rock.

Tom Morello American guitarist and singer-songwriter

Thomas Baptiste Morello is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave. As of 2019, Morello is a member of the supergroup Prophets of Rage. Morello was also a touring musician with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. He is also known for his acoustic solo act, the Nightwatchman, and Street Sweeper Social Club. Morello also co-founded Axis of Justice, which airs a monthly program on Pacifica Radio station KPFK in Los Angeles.

Audioslave American band

Audioslave was an American rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles in 2001. The four-piece band consisted of Soundgarden lead singer/rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell and Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk (drums). Critics first described Audioslave as a combination of Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine, but by the band's second album, Out of Exile, it was noted that they had established a separate identity. Audioslave's sound was created by blending 1970s hard rock with 1990s alternative rock. Moreover, Morello incorporated his well-known, unconventional guitar solos into the mix. As with Rage Against the Machine, the band prided themselves on the fact that all sounds on their albums were produced using only guitar, bass, drums, and vocals.

The group released their first single, "Knucklehead", on September 27, 2015. [3] The intense, spastic track features Commerford screaming, "Gimmie the gun/Fuck the knife/I'm alright". "I've been dealing with some very deep, dark family stuff that left me in tears," says Commerford about the song. "I spent a lot of time crying in the last year and feeling trapped and alone. That's what 'Knucklehead' is about. Sometimes the dark spawns incredible things, and the music came from that. 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 scream at the end of the song makes me feel like I'm just putting my face in a pillow and screaming my guts out."

They also released the song "Generation Fucked" on SoundCloud and made a lyric video. [4] The band came to play in London and protested in the streets. [5]

SoundCloud Online audio distribution platform

SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform and music sharing website based in Berlin, Germany that enables its users to upload, promote, and share audio.

In 2016 the group opened for Prophets of Rage, of which Commerford is also a member of, on their North American "Make America Rage Again Tour".

Prophets of Rage Rap metal supergroup

Prophets of Rage is an American rap rock supergroup. Formed in 2016, the group consists of three members of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, two members of Public Enemy, and rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill.

Commerford spoke of the upcoming debut album, saying, "We are gearing up to be on the offensive, assaulting the populous [ sic ] with our debut album on Earache Records. We have put a shit load of blood and sweat into this and we want it back! Our mission is to attack modern music and smash the grid. Unapologetic, unrelenting, unbridled and uncensored. Understood?". [4] They released their self-titled debut album on November 8, 2016, the day of the United States presidential election.

Musical styles and influences

Wakrat draws influences from hardcore, punk, and jazz music and can be best compared to Helmet-meets The Prodigy, and Bad Brains. Commerford describes their debut album as "punk, fast, and spastic with odd time signatures"[ citation needed ], featuring electronic sounds and spoken word.



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