In support of their critically-acclaimed seventh studio album in No Tourists, The Prodigy will embark on their first North American tour in eight years. The iconic English electronic music band has become known for blurring the lines between dance music and punk. Here is a group who, from day one, dominated the illegal rave scene, challenged anti-rave legislation, and redefined the whole idea of what a band should be. They brought UK electronic music to the US heartland, turning metal kids into raver kids, and ravers into metalheads.
In lieu of the announcement, The Prodigy have also unveiled the arresting video for “Timebomb Zone,” the sixth track from their No Tourists LP. Filmed in Manila under the direction of Paco Raterta, it’s a visceral visual accompaniment to the track and the overall motif of the album with its global themes of frustration, escapism, and fighting back.
“Paco was our only choice to create the video for Timebomb Zone,” says Liam Howlett. “What he brings visually has a real different edge, tension and danger to it… it fits perfectly with the music we make.”
The urgency of the album appears to have tapped into a wider need for escapism as well, continues Howlett,
“It’s about the want and need to be derailed and not to follow that easy set path. In these times we live in people have become lazier and forgotten how to explore. Too many people are allowing themselves to be force fed, with whatever that may be. No Tourists is about reaching out further to find another alternative route where the danger and excitement may be to feel more alive… not accepting that you can just be a tourist. That’s what the title is about for us.”
Closing an incredible 2018, No Tourists will take The Prodigy back to North America with appearances at some of the continent’s finest heavy music festivals this spring: Welcome to Rockville, Epicenter Festival, Sonic Temple, and Chicago Open Air, with more dates to be announced soon.