Rise Against explain their awesome new tunes!
WITH THE WORLD FALLING TO PIECES, RISE AGAINST HAVE COME BACK BARING THEIR TEETH, READY TO FIGHT…
Rise AGAINST are back with a vengeance – and they’ve got plenty to be pissed off about. it’s been three years since the Chicago outfit last delivered an album of righteous, politically-shaded punk, but in that time the world they thought they knew has been upended. Donald Trump, racism, climate change denial – frontman Tim Mcilrath wants to kick back against the injustice he sees spreading around the globe.and he’s doing a pretty good job of it. with their eighth studio album, wolves – due on June 9 – and its rampaging, openingshot single, the violence, Rise Against might just have delivered the venomous soundtrack to a very scary chapter in modern history.
“We’re not an American band, we’re a global one,” Tim says. “we have Trump, the UK has Brexit. this is a human problem.we want to be an example of a band that speaks out so others can see they’re not alone.we want to shine light into the dark.”
HOW EXCITED ARE YOU FOR PEOPLE TO HEAR WOLVES?
TIM MCILRATH (VOCALS/GUITAR): “We’re pretty excited about it. i’ll be honest, we spent some time away and i was having trouble finding direction and purpose. i was trying to figure out where Rise Against fitted in – in the musical world and our fans’ lives.we got started and then the U.S. election happened. That’s when things clicked into place.the frontline became very visible to me and i knew exactly what i needed to do.we had to get off our asses and engage.”
WHERE DID THE ALBUM TITLE COME FROM?
“it was going to be called Mourning in Amerika, after a song on the record. i thought that would be a good title after the election. then i thought, ‘fuck that. Fuck grieving.’ So Wolves came from us being wolves at the gate; being angry at authority, being angry at the direction of the country and the world, and fighting back.we are the wolves, and the wolves are the good guys in this narrative. we’re taking back control.”
WHAT’S LEAD SINGLE THE VIOLENCE ABOUT?
“As we were watching the news and seeing all the different things [unfold] around the planet, i realised that violence has such a role in a lot of what we see when the world is falling apart.the Violence is a reflection of whether [aggression] is in our nature, our DNA, or whether we have a choice to be part of it.and it is a choice that we make – a conscious one – to use violence as a means to an end. aren’t we better than this? Aren’t we the apex of the animal kingdom? But aren’t we the only ones on the planet that have the capacity for compassion? Aren’t we good enough or brave enough to not sink to violence?” WHAT CAN RISE AGAINST FANS EXPECT FROM WOLVES? “The record is the engine behind all of this stuff and we’re really excited. it’s amazing how well the new songs fit into the set – they’re not anomalies. they’re fun to play; i see the four of us are now a different band. But i feel fans will like Wolves. it’s Rise Against, it’s real, it’s true to who we are. we’ve put every ounce of blood, sweat and tears into all of these songs and we didn’t send it out of the world until we were proud of it. i trust that approval.”
WHAT HAVE YOU GOT PLANNED FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?
“We’re going to South America to open up for Linkin Park and Prophets Of Rage. i’ve been onstage with Prophets – i did a cover of MC5’S Kick Out The Jams with them when those guys rolled through my neck of the woods in Chicago. i had a blast. i got to meet Chuck D; it was so fucking cool. then we go on tour with Deftones and Thrice for a month.”
ARE THERE ANY PLANS TO VISIT US IN BRITAIN?
“We are coming to the UK! We’re working on it right now, so i can’t say anything, but we will be there this year for sure. we’re coming with some cool people, too.” RISE AGAINST’S WOLVES IS OUT ON JUNE 9 VIA VIRGIN
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