Rise Against ex­plain their awe­some new tunes!

WITH THE WORLD FALL­ING TO PIECES, RISE AGAINST HAVE COME BACK BAR­ING THEIR TEETH, READY TO FIGHT…

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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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