Listen: Tom Morello, The Bloody Beetroots team up with Pussy Riot on new single ‘Radium Girls,’ announce new EP

'The Catastrophists EP’ is out June 18

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and electronic artist The Bloody Beetroots have come together to create The Catastrophists EP. It will have seven songs and will be out June 18.

Meanwhile, the pair have released a stirring new single, “Radium Girls.” The track features a number of artists including Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, White Lung’s Mish Way, The Interrupters’ Aimee Interrupter, and The Last Internationale’s Delila Paz.

Watch the music video below.
 

 
In a press release, Morello revealed that the song pays homage to a true US tragedy. Morello stated:

“Four extraordinary women and the ferocious production of The Bloody Beetroots breathe life into the true story of the Radium Girls, young Illinois factory workers who were the victims of one of the most heinous crimes in the US industrial history.

I spent every summer as a kid near Ottawa, Illinois where these doomed girls used deadly radium laced paint to make glow-in-the-dark watches. They were encouraged to lick the paintbrushes to a point to increase productivity and profit and in the end their bones literally fell apart from cancer and they were so toxic they had to be buried in lead lined coffins. The resulting court cases and publicity led to historic nationwide labor protection legislation. Every year I place flowers at the small monument to these quiet heroes and this song is dedicated to their memory.”

 

The Catastrophists EP Tracklist:


01 – “The Devil’s Infantry”

02 – “Radium Girls” (feat. Pussy Riot, Aimee Interrupter, Mish Way, and The Last Internationale)

03 – “Lightning Over Mexico” (feat. Ana Tijoux)

04 – “Keep Going”

05 – “Weather Strike” (feat. Pussy Riot) [The Bloody Beetroots Remix]

06 – “Field Of Tigers
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07 – “Mary Celeste”