The Nightwatchman Biography
The Nightwatchman was created by a Harvard graduate and Grammy Award-winning
guitarist Tom Morello in 2003. Morello was born on May 30, 1964 in New
York City's Harlem district, USA; as a teenager, he became infatuated
with both Rock music and politics. In the late '80s, upon graduation,
Morello relocated to the Los Angeles area, where he teamed up with Zach
de la Rocha, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk to form Rage
Against The Machine. Shortly before the release of the fourth album,
2000's "Renegades", de la Rocha left the band due to internal
conflicts; Morello and the rest of the Rage members enlisted the services
of former Soundgarden frontman Chris
Cornell, forming Audioslave.
Morello has also worked with artists as diverse as Indigo Girls, The Crystal Method, Anti-Flag and The Prodigy; in 2003 he formed the non-profit organization Axis Of Justice with Serj Tankian of System Of A Down to bring together musicians, fans of music and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice.
Tom Morello has performed as The Nightwatchman for four years at political
events and on "Tell Us The Truth" tour.
Morello released his first Nightwatchman album, called "One Man Revolution", in April 2007 on Epic Records; the 13-track set sports acoustic-based compositions that are a far cry from the heavy guitar Rock he has purveyed in Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave. It reached the #119 position on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart spawning a minor hit in "The Road I Must Travel".
His second solo album as The Nightwatchman, "The Fabled City", is a bit louder than ts predecessor, although not in the same sense as his better known work with his big arena rock bands; the disc arrived in September 2008 with the accompaining video/single "Whatever It Takes".