Inside Out (band)

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Inside Out
OriginOrange County, California, U.S.
GenresHardcore punk[1]
Years active1988–1991, 1993
Past members

Inside Out was a hardcore punk band from Orange County, California.[2] It was fronted by Zack de la Rocha, later of Rage Against the Machine.


Inside Out existed from August 1988 to roughly fall of 1991, releasing a single 7" EP, No Spiritual Surrender, in 1990, on Revelation Records (later converted to six song CD). They played up and down the West Coast and even toured the East Coast once before their breakup in 1991. Many of their songs' themes are spiritual, but not necessarily religious. They had written material for a second record, to be titled Rage Against the Machine (hence the name for de la Rocha's next band), but the band broke up shortly after their guitarist, Vic DiCara, left the band to become a Hare Krishna monk. Vic later started 108, a Krishna-themed hardcore band, and briefly joined Burn, playing guitar in both.

Inside Out performed on California radio station KXLU, showcasing a number of new songs. The quality of the recording on the show, while adequate for a radio broadcast, is not on par with that of the band's EP recording. Copies of their on-air radio broadcast and various live sets have circulated the tape trading underground and file sharing world for years as popular items. In early 2013, a high quality version of one of their final shows from May 1991 surfaced and was remastered and made publicly available. Lyrics to the previously unreleased songs "Rage Against the Machine" and "Darkness of Greed" were deciphered, and together they give new context to the early beginnings of Rage Against the Machine.[3] Some of their songs focus on issues in society and in the USA (Redemption, Burning Fight) and some are personal to members of the band (Sacrifice, By a Thread). In October 2016, a VHS video of a 1990 Inside Out show in Reading, PA surfaced and was made available online.[4] According to founder Sunny Singh, the Reading, PA video "includes a number of [Inside Out]'s unreleased material. Burning Fight, Deathbed (which Vic later transformed into 108's famous anthem), Undertone (Zack screaming "WAKE UP!" over and over again at the beginning foreshadows the chorus of a slightly more famous song he would write a year later), Empty Days, Redemption, Blind Oppressor, Turn and Face."[5]


In 2006, the track "No Spiritual Surrender" was contributed to the mashup album Threat: Music That Inspired the Movie, where it was remixed by Oktopus from Dälek and dubbed "Ghost in the Machine".

Musical style and legacy[edit]

Inside Out were a hardcore punk band,[6] in particular, they were a part of its youth crew subculture.[7] They cited influences including Minor Threat, Bad Brains and Led Zeppelin.[8] Just prior to the band's breakup, the music being written was significantly more influenced by hip hop, particularly Run-DMC.[8]

Songs were composed by DiCara and Rocha evenly, with some songs having instrumentals and lyrics written by DiCara and some by Rocha while others were collaborations between the two.[8]

They have been cited as an influence by Have Heart,[9] Stick to Your Guns,[10] Linkin Park,[11] Refused,[12] Incendiary,[13] Coalesce[14] and Mouthpiece.[15]


Vocalist Zack de la Rocha performing with Rage Against the Machine in 2007

EP lineup[edit]


  • Rob Haworth – guitar (Hardstance, Farside)[16]
  • Alex Barreto – drums (Against the Wall, Chain of Strength, Hardstance, Statue, World's Fastest Car, Ignite, Alien Ant Farm)
  • Sterling Wilson – bass (Reason to Believe, No For An Answer)
  • Mike Down – guitar (Amenity, Forced Down)
  • Joey Piro – drums (Pitchfork, Forced Down)
  • Michael Rosas – guitar (Headfirst, Smile)



  1. ^ Aaron, Charles (March 2000). "The Art of War". Spin. 16 (3): 93.
  2. ^ allmusic ((( Inside Out > Overview )))
  3. ^ ["Inside Out – May 18, 1991 – Long Beach, CA". 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2013-03-05.]
  4. ^ ["Inside Out – June 28, 1990 – Reading, PA". 2016-10-07. Retrieved 2016-10-08.]
  5. ^ [" Facebook – October 7, 2016". 2016-10-07. Archived from the original on 2022-02-26. Retrieved 2016-10-08.]
  6. ^ HILL, JOHN. "27 Years Ago: Rage Against the Machine Start a Political Inferno With Their Self-Titled Debut Album". Loudwire. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  7. ^ Schreurs, Jason. "THE WARRIORS – SEE HOW YOU ARE". Alternative Press. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  8. ^ a b c McIver, Joel. Know Your Enemy: The Story of Rage Against the Machine.
  9. ^ Musilli, Mike. "Pat Flynn (FREE, Have Heart, Clear, Sweet Jesus, Fiddlehead, Wolf Whistle)". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  10. ^ KUHLMAN, ALYSSA. "Stick To Your Guns Amplifies Hardcore In SoCal". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  11. ^ Teitelman, Bram. "Linkin Park listen to Botch and Meshuggah". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  12. ^ "No Cheap Holiday, These Other People's Ecstasy: A 2014 Dennis Lyxzen Interview". Day After Say. 2014.
  13. ^ "INCENDIARY – "Thousand Mile Stare" LP". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Jes Steineger Interview". Crashandbang. 3.
  15. ^ "Tim McMahon Interview". Droid Rage. We also drew a lot of our influences from the late 80's Southern California bands, like Against The Wall, Hard Stance, Inside Out and No For An Answer.
  16. ^ "STATE OF THE NATION". Retrieved 21 August 2019.

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