Future User, the new band featuring Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave bassist Tim Commerford, drops their debut album, #SteroidsOrHeroin.
#SteroidsOrHeroin follows the recent release of Future Userâ€™s electrifying video for â€œMountain Lion.â€ The video, which features a cameo by Lance Armstrong and ends with Commerford literally setting himself on fire, has amassed more than a quarter-million views in just a few short weeks.
â€œMountain Lionâ€ is Future Userâ€™s fourth video and the first to reveal Commerford as the bandâ€™s frontman/bassist. Previous videos featured Commerford as a mask-wielding character named S.W.I.M., which stands for Someone Who Isnâ€™t Me, an internet acronym often used in online forums.
â€œI wanted this to be more about music than personality”, says Commerford, who formed Future User with collaborator/composer Jordan Tarlow. â€œThat 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.â€
The bandâ€™s first video was â€œClockwork,â€ a polarizing clip about police militarization in which tennis great John McEnroe was actuallyÂ waterboarded by Commerford, dressed as the character S.W.I.M.
Two more Future User music videos followed â€“ one, â€œSupernatural,â€ about the NSA/mass surveillance and another, â€œMedication Nation,â€ about the controversy surrounding genetically modified foods. â€œSupernaturalâ€ featured a cameo by comic book legend Stan Lee, who typically only appears in Marvel film blockbusters.
â€œWe put a lot of time and effort into planning the videos,â€ says Tarlow. â€œTim and I usually approach topics from different angles, pitting left versus right and libertarian ideas versus spiritual messaging, but eventually,â€ he laughs, â€œwe zero in on a common target.â€
Commerford calls the bandâ€™s sound prog-tronic, a mix of early prog rock and modern electronics, Says Tarlow, â€œListen to it and you hear the late â€˜60s prog rock of King Crimson and even Sabbath filtered through the EDM side of the current modular synth resurgence. Fans of Timâ€™s past work will find familiar elements, but weâ€™ve got a sound all our own.â€
Commerford, who handles vocals and bass on the album and Tarlow, who does keys and programming, produced the album themselves. They were joined by drummer John Knox and Commerford enlisted a special guest to play guitar: Grammy-winning producer Brendan Oâ€™Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, and Rage Against The Machine). Oâ€™Brien plays guitar on every song on the album, but is not officially in the band. The album was mixed by Tom Syrowski (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and AC/DC).