'We Are The 99 Percent': Tom Morello, Serj Tankian & More Sing Occupy Anthem

Sep 27, 2012

"We are the 99 percent!" call and answer Rise Against vocalist Tim McIlrath and System of a Down singer Serj Tankian with a crowd of like-minded Occupy protestors from Zuccotti Park and Liberty Square. That's the chorus for, not surprisingly, "We Are the 99 Percent," a new rock protest anthem from former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.

"I wanted to do a huge riff-rock anthem," Morello told Rolling Stone, which premiered the song on Thursday. "It would feel like the excitement of the global Occupy Wall Street movement."

Morello, McIlrath and Tankian teamed for the track just last week, after Morello was "re-energized" by the Occupy movement's one-year anniversary. Fans of Rage Against the Machine will immediately notice Morello's signature guitar sound, which could accurately be described as a boomerang being shot out of a cannon.

Morello has had quite a busy few months. In August, he wrote an editorial for Rolling Stone denouncing Republican Paul Ryan, who had previously expressed affection for Rage Against the Machine. The guitarist blasted Mitt Romney's vice president choice as "the embodiment of the machine our music rages against."

Morello and Tankian will make the track available for free download starting on Friday. For now, head over to RollingStone.com to take a listen.

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