Released at the turn of the year, “TODOS SOMOS ILEGALES: WE ARE ALL ILLEGALS” is OUTERNATIONAL's bilingual cinema-in-sound concept album about the border, the USA and the system which criminalizes those who create the wealth it rests upon. With tightly-woven soundscapes referencing hard rock, hip hop, cumbia, corridos, gypsy punk, spaghetti westerns, chicha, vintage soul and even bachata, Outernational's 'TODOS SOMOS ILEGALES: WE ARE ALL ILLEGALS' is a singular album for 2012. Released as a name-your-price download, the record features collaborations with Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Calle 13 (9-Time Latin Grammy Winner in 2011), Ceci Bastida (Tijuana No!) and Uproot Andy (Que Bajo?!)
Kicked off April 4th in Brownsville, TX, the band's TODOS SOMOS ILEGALES: WE ARE ALL ILLEGALS tour continues to roll through the borderlands and upwards throughout the southwest; the tour itself is an example of modern day troubadour-ing, as the band has been playing border towns, Native American reservations, California immigrant farm worker backyards, and other off-the-grid concert venues.
Now in California, OUTERNATIONAL performed throughout the state from Santa Maria, Sacramento and San Francisco as they make their way down towards the border, playing San Diego and making their Mexico debut at Tijuana's 'Black Box' theater before landing in Los Angeles in time for the May Day. The group will perform at some day time rallies and that night celebrate the LA Release Party for the album at The Echo (with Special Guests!)
The band slingshots back through Arizona towards Texas where they share the stage with 12-time Latin Grammy award winning group Calle 13 in Houston and Austin, followed by shows in St. Louis, Toronto, Chicago (in time for Anti-Nato protests throughout the city) and the tour finale in New York City on May 24th at Dominion.
OUTERNATIONAL is stepping out strong in 2012 with music for this time. 'TODOS SOMOS ILEGALES: WE ARE ALL ILLEGALS' album and tour set the stage for the band's upcoming debut record, 'WELCOME TO THE REVOLUTION', a potent blend of killer revolutionary rock and a message for everyone across the planet dreaming and struggling for a better world. The record features Chad Smith in the band as drummer.
TODOS SOMOS ILEGALES: WE ARE ALL ILLEGALS TOUR
4/11 Sells, AZ @ TOCA community garden
4/16 Cal State Dominguez Hills
4/20 - Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
4/21 - Sacramento, CA @ Sol Collective
4/22 - Berkeley, CA @ Revolution Books
4/23 - San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
4/25 - Reno, NV @ Reno Underground
4/27 - Tijuana, Mexico @ Black Box
4/28 - San Diego, CA @ Roots Factory
5/2 - Arizona TBA
5/3 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
5/4 - San Antonio, TX @ Night Rocker
5/5 - Houston TX @ Continental Club w Los Skarnales
5/8 - McAllen, TX @ TBA
5/9 - Brownsville, TX @ Cobblehead's
5/10 - Houston TX @ House Of Blues w Calle 13
5/11 - Austin, TX @ Pachanga Fest w Calle 13
5/12 - Austin, TX @ Pachanga Fest - Hierba Stage - TICKETS
5/16 - St Louis, MO @ 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center
5/18 - Chicago IL @ Abbey Pub - TICKETS
5/23 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
5/24 - NYC @ Dominion NY - TICKETS
*MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
WHAT PRESS OUTLETS HAVE SAID IN RECENT DAYS:
“Pay attention to Outernational. The New York City band is making well-deserved waves with its heads-up, hard-charging socio-political lyrics and a revved-up style of music that combines elements of rock, hip-hop and world music. Outernational, championed by Tom Morello, earned a lot of buzz during SXSW this year by playing official gigs, guest gigs and street gigs.” - San Antonio Express-News
"There is a movement afoot within Rock music that speaks to the issues on the minds of those young people who aren’t selling themselves on Reality TV, and the band Outernational hopes the concept of #futurerock takes hold and more emerging rockers start using their music to do good and make change."- Latin Recap
'The Beginning Is Here' video simultaneously makes you want to dance and get involved at once. Check it out!" - MTV Iggy
"As soon as the tune takes full sound, frontman Miles Solay shouts out some demands while prancing around, maybe targeted at us, first, second, third generation peeps and whoever else is listening, to get our asses out of comfort zone and take action." - Remezcla
"Todos Somos Illegales: We Are All Illegals is an important moment in US rock history: many others (including Woody Guthrie, who gets covered here) have chronicled the cynical cycle of exploitation faced by immigrants from south of the border, but this album goes deeper than most. It’s also a good listen: as biting and insightful as the mostly English-language lyrics are, it’s a lushly produced, frequently gorgeous mix... ferocious...” - New York Music Daily
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"Outernational uncompromisingly tells the truth, and they paint a picture of the world the way they see it and a way that we don't hear on the radio and television as much as people need to." -Tom Morello
"Seeing is believing. They are down for the cause. They live it; it is no bullshit. It's awesome and humbling and inspiring all at the same time. The new grassroots movement has Outernational for soil." -Chad Smith
"Channeling the radical stance and the disregard for stylistic parameters that were a hallmark of the Clash, New York City’s Outernational is hellbent on restoring righteous indignation to rock and roll." -The New Yorker
"Coupled with dynamic rhythms that somehow flow together like streams of water, their ripped-from-the-headlines lyrics of liberation struggle had the audience literally—at least in the case of one wild fan in a Mexican wrestling mask—hanging from the rafters." -The Village Voice
With roots directly planted in the original bohemian Greenwich Village, NYC’s Outernational has assembled an arsenal of blistering rock and roll, defiant lyrics and an infectious sense of rhythm that is reminiscent of both The Clash and Rage Against The Machine. In fact, Tom Morello of RATM thought so much of the band that he produced their 6 track Debut EP Eyes on Fire (LISTEN), released December 2009 alongside the music video Sir No Sir (LISTEN) - a challenging criticism of the war in Afghanistan.
In 2010, Outernational relentlessly toured North America as a headliner and support band. The band traveled to the Louisiana gulf coast to perform for oil spill recovery workers and also stopped in Arizona to oppose SB1070, confronting the racist immigration law with a reinvented cover of Woody Guthrie's Deportees, as a Mexican-influenced folk duet with Tom Morello. In 2011, Outernational visited Arizona alongside The Sound Strike and met with students from U.N.I.D.O.S. resisting HB2881 and other attacks on their education. The events in Arizona and the band's larger vision have led to the band's new 18-track album Todos Somos Ilegales (LISTEN) released in December 2011 as a name-your-price download. In 2012, Amnesty International released another classic cover from Outernational, this time of Bob Dylan’s ‘When The Ship Comes In’ performed with original Dylan/John Lennon drummer Jim Keltner.
In 2011 the band began recording their debut LP, Welcome To The Revolution, funded entirely through fan donations via the path-breaking website Kickstarter. 12 new songs are in the vault with 10-time Grammy winner Jim Scott's PLYRZ studio. Tom Morello once again assisted with production and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is behind the drum kit. This new record, slated for a Summer 2012 release is being driven by a radical vision for the future: a world without classes and borders; a revolutionary new culture remaking the world. This should not be a surprise to anyone keeping tabs on Outernational, as their defiant spirit of liberation and their relentless drive to infuse that spirit in a new generation is present in every song, as if each were a precious anthem for a whole other way the world could be, and a whole other way the people could relate to each other.
In addition to the band’s genre-bending rendering of rock and roll on record, their live performance is truly a face melting, foot stomping, fist pumping roller coaster. The band's "Future Rock" sound is anchored by guitarist Leo Mintek and bassist Jesse Williams, while Dr. Blum, a singular personality on and off the stage serves as the band's one-man orchestra section, with duties including trumpet, piano, organ, harmonium and accordion. Then there’s Miles Solay: militant revolutionary politics unleashed and a romantic fervor with his heart on his sleeve. You can’t help but want to follow this band down the path of Future Rock, towards a future where music is boxed-in no more; a world of people working in common for the common good.