Bands To Watch #98: Streetsweeper

By on Wednesday, 18th March 2009 at 2:00 pm

street-sweeper-200-80I’m not afraid to say that Streetsweeper are probably my favourite band of this decade and most likely the next. They’ve got a lot to live up toafter that claim so who’s behind this? Well they don’t come much bigger than Tom Morello who’s teamed up with Boots Riley of The Coup to make a supergroup that should take the rock charts by storm.

Sounds great but are they actually any good? The quick answer is yes they are. At first listen you’ll just think your listening to Rage Against The Machine as Tom Morello squeezes out some monsterous funk riffs but when Boots Riley starts beating out his lyrics you know you’re listening to a supergroup that actually live up to their name.

It’s no surprise that politics is heavily involved in the bands message as Boots Riley says “This is a time when the working class is being fleeced left and right. More families will be homeless and more people will be jobless. They’ll need something to listen to on their iPods while storming Wall Street.” To be honest though, the band could preach anything and I wouldn’t care with the music being as good as it sounds.

By visiting their website you can listen to “Fight! Smash! Win!” where big bass lines and defining guitar playing from Tom Morello will please your ears for weeks on end. Boots Riley shows his quality on this track with meaningful lyrics that are catchy and tight while crashing drums and a nice guitar solo finish the song off nicely.

If you’re a Rage fan then you’ll love Streetsweeper. If you didn’t like Rage, then get your head checked and give Streetsweeper a listen anyway as Boots Riley gives a more commercial sound than Zack De La Rocha who is a bit hardcore for some.

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