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Tom Morello teams up with The Pretty Reckless for hard-riffing new single

No sooner had Tom Morello dropped his latest collaboration with Serj Tankian – a raucous cover of Gang of Four’s Natural’s Not In It – than we’re treated to another high-profile collaboration from the Rage Against the Machine firebrand, this time with Taylor Momsen-fronted The Pretty Reckless.

And So It Went sees Momsen and lead guitarist Ben Philips’ grunge-leaning guitar hooks augmented by Morello’s unmistakable appearance at 2:36, as he delivers his trademark Whammy squawks over some blazing pentatonics.

Of her relationship with Morello, Momsen told Guitar World, “I’ve known him for a while now but we reconnected at the Chris Cornell tribute – he also played on Loud Love and a few other things. Me and Ben were talking saying he could play another solo… or we could call up Tom Morello and get that wizardry on there.

“He is unlike anyone else. Like Kim [Thayil], he has such a unique voice on guitar. You know immediately when it’s him playing. And he didn’t disappoint – it was everything you could want from a Tom Morello solo!”

The track will appear on The Pretty Reckless’s fourth album, Death By Rock and Roll, which is due out on February 12 and available to preorder now (opens in new tab) via Fearless Records.

You can watch Momsen tackle Soundgarden’s Loud Love with Morello below.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).