Future User, a new outfit featuring Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave bassist Tim Commerford has premiered the music video for their new single “Mountain Lion”. The fast-paced clip features Tim setting himself on fire (a reference to RATM’s debut album cover, perhaps?) as well as an appearance by cycler Lance Armstrong. In addition to his familiar duties on bass, Commerford is also the band’s frontman. He formed the group with collaborator/composer Jordan Tarlow. Renouned producer Brendan O’Brien (AC/DC, The Killers, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers) plays guitar on the entire album, but is not an official member of the band. O’Brien and Commerford go back a ways, as O’Brien produced Rage Against The Machine’s The Battle of Los Angeles (1999) and and mixed Audioslave’s Out of Exile (2005). The band’s debut album, #SteroidsOrHeroin, is due out on February 24 via the band’s own label Middle Ring Partnership. The album is available for pre-order HERE.
“I wanted this to be more about music than personality,” says Commerford. “That meant launching this project without letting people know it was me. Fair or not, we knew the songs would immediately draw comparisons to my past work, so it was important to let the music begin with a life of its own. We started releasing songs four months ago, so it feels like a good time to now let the cat out of the bag. Hopefully fans will be intrigued and go back and check out the other songs and videos and give them life all over again.” As he moves into the next chapter of his career, one thing remains certain for Commerford – “I think you still need to use music as a way to say something that’s important, and I’m always gonna do that. Always.” – by Matt Bishop