A New World In Our Songs.
We are living in an era of significant protest. In recent years, people around the world have surprised each other with their courage, strength, and willingness to stand against injustice, militarism, and corruption. And where there has been protest, there has been music.
Born from these times, Firebrand gives a platform for such voices. The joint-venture between Ryan Harvey (Riot-Folk Collective) and Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/The Nightwatchman) aims to release music that inspires, informs, and blossoms from these moments.
We know that music alone does not change the world, but we recognize that it is an integral part of the movements that do.
Incendiary rock guitarist and acoustic troubadour Tom Morello, known for his innovative guitar solos and thunderous chords, is a groundbreaking artist whether in his solo career or as an original member of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, two acts responsible for multiple Grammy Awards and a combined 30 million albums sold worldwide. He’s released four solo albums as The Nightwatchman and formed the band Street Sweeper Social Club with Boots Riley of The Coup in 2009. Morello has also been recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Guitar Players of All-Time (#26).”
Morello has produced or collaborated with artists of diverse genres including WuTang Clan, Johnny Cash, Tool, John Fogerty, Anti-Flag, Public Enemy, Joe Strummer, Crystal Method, Calle 13, Dave Mathews Band, Johnny Cash, Linkin Park, Travis Barker and Pete Seeger. Most recently Morello has joined Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band for their most recent world tour in support of Springsteen’s latest studio album High Hopes (Columbia Records) on which Morello is featured on eight tracks.
Morello graduated from Harvard University with honors as a Political Science major and has been a widely recognized political activist throughout his career, performing at countless rallies and charity events around the globe. Morello’s family has been a constant source of political and social inspiration as his great-uncle, Jomo Kenyatta, was the first President of Kenya, and his mother, Mary Morello, founded Parents for Rock and Rap, an anti-censorship organization. With System of A Down’s Serj Tankian, Morello formed Axis of Justice, an organization whose purpose is to bring together musicians, music fans, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice.
Morello has also scored compositions for major motion pictures such as the 2008 hit Iron Man (where he was also seen as an actor), it’s 2010 sequel Iron Man II, Pacific Rim, Collateral, Charlie’s Angels, Talladega Nights, and many more. Morello also wrote and launched a politically charged comic book series called Orchid on Dark Horse Comics, on which EGMNOW comments, “Morello can place his story on the very short list of great ones told in recent memory…Orchid is a series that cannot be missed.” Always tying in music, Morello scored original songs to accompany the comic series.
Ryan joins Tom Morello as a co-founder and co-owner of Firebrand Records – but he is also one of its artists.
With the unplugged story-telling of traditional American folk music, the compassionate alarm of early peace punk, and the lyrical punch of modern hiphop, Ryan’s songs are situated between the streets, the radical bookstores and cafes, and the basement punk show. From Baltimore, Maryland, he has taken his powerful, insightful, and humorous songs and stories of activism and political analysis around the world for a decade, visiting 19 countries and performing in some of the epicenters of recent uprisings including as Cairo, Athens, Madrid, Reykjavík, and Lisbon.
Usually hosted in a non-venue setting and conducted in a personal, up-close way, his performances are part story-telling, part song, and part stand-up political comedy. Speaking in his own voice, he presents kaleidoscopic narratives of modern social movements, political history, and personal stories aimed at moving the listener to question, act, and self-reflect on serious issues effecting the world. Putting his guitar aside, he also regularly lectures at universities on music, social change, and political activism.
A co-founder of the Riot-Folk musician’s collective in 2004 and the veteran-focused anti-war group The Civilian-Soldier Alliance in 2007, he has committed himself to balancing and blending music and political activism. In addition to his own staggering 12 albums, Ryan has also co-produced two benefit CDs for anti-war veterans’ organizations, A Line in the Sand in 2008 and A Soundtrack for Refusal in 2011.
In addition to these projects, Ryan’s journalism is featured regularly in various publications including The Nation and Truth-Out, as well as his current “Another Song Is Possible” blog, a bi-weekly feature on folk music and politics for the South American leftist news-hub TeleSUR English.
More on Ryan can be found at http://www.ryanharveymusic.com.