Zack De La Rocha Is Finally About To Release Some New Music

It’s not quite the DJ Shadow and ?uestlove collabing effort once promised, and it’s nothing to do with those shelved Trent Reznor sessions, but whatever, Zack is officially ready to return to a recorded format near you. The project’s dubbed One Day As A Lion, pulled from a tag in a 1970 photo by photographer George Rodriguez, and pairs Zack of the Rocha with ex-Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore. It’s been almost nine years since the ex-Rager’s released a full-length of original material, and sorry it’ll be a while longer still. But there is an EP coming later this month via Anti-. The only question left: is One Day As A Lion a warning delivered, or a promise kept? Zack writes:

one day as a lion is both a warning delivered and a promise kept.

Bingo, it’s your two favorite things in music at once. More from the band’s mission statement, posted at the duo’s site:

a defiant affirmation of the possibilities that exist in the space between kick and snare. its a sonic reflection of the visceral tension between a picturesque fabricated cultural landscape , and the brutal socieconomic realities it attempts to mask. one day as a lion is a recorded interaction between Zach de la Rocha and Jon Thedore from Los Angeles, California

the name from the infamous 1970 black and white, captured by legendary chicano photographer george rodriguez featuring a center framed tag on a white wall in an unspecified section of Boyle Heights. it reads “it’s better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb.” this record is a stripped down attempt to realize this sentiment in sound

Here’s a tracklist to help ease you out of that intense reading experience:

01 “Wild International”
02 “Ocean View”
03 “Last Letter”
04 “If You Fear Dying”
05 “One Day As A Lion”

One Day As A Lion is out 7/22 via Anti-. More pics from Rage’s Coachella ’07 set here.