We got the heads up on new music from Zack a few weeks ago, when he and ex-Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore announced their One Day As A Lion project and self-titled EP along with the band bio “one day as a lion is both a warning delivered and a promise kept.” That’s incomplete, though. Our modified version reads “one day as a lion is a warning delivered and a promise kept and by promise we mean promise to appeal to fans of rage against the machine.” It’s not like we were expecting Zack to unveil an eight octave vocal range or offer a love song, but ODAAL’s premiere single “Wild International” falls squarely within the realm de la expectation: still that ratatating delivery, still those allusions to class struggles, politics, and religion, etc. That said it’s great if you dig Zack’s flow, Theodore brings a fat backbeat, and it takes a certain something to successfully work “Muhammad and Christ” into a song hook.
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
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. 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 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…
01 “Wild International”
02 “Ocean View”
03 “Last Letter”
04 “If You Fear Dying”
05 “One Day As A Lion”