Tim Commerford says his new band’s music feels uncomfortable – but he says that’s a beautiful thing and a feeling he loves.
The Rage Against The Machine bassist and former Audioslave band member has formed a new band, Wakrat, with roots deeply embedded in punk and hardcore roots and Commerford says he is having the time of his life.
He says: “With Wakrat, we're a band, and we're going to play all the time, and we're going to pay our dues the old-school way. This is the kind of music that I grew up on and always wanted to do.
“It's the same feeling as 1991 when Rage Against the Machine first started playing. It felt uncomfortable and doesn't feel right, and I love that feeling.”
He continues: “I am enjoying myself right now on a musical level more than I've ever enjoyed myself in my entire career. It's incredible that I'm saying that; it's a beautiful thing."
Wakrat are Commerford (vocals and bass), Mathias Wakrat (drums) and Lauren Grangeron (guitars) will make their maiden UK live appearance at the Reading and Leeds festivals this summer.
The band have this week launched their first video with ‘Knucklehead’ available to view below. Filmed on camera’s attached to drones and GoPros the video is a headspinner.
“I’ve been dealing with some very deep, dark family stuff in the last year, stuff that left me in tears,” reflects Commerford.
“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 side spawns incredible things, and the music came from that.”
He continues, “It’s the ray of sun at the end of the day. I went through some deep s–t 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.”